Global Health Promotion: Health Services Delivery in Resource-poor Settings
BNURS 409/BNURS 597, 5 Credits
Program Dates: June 23 – July 24, 2014
Location: UW Bothell and Togo, West Africa
Program Director: Dr. Mabel Ezeonwu
TA: Kristin Jensen
Estimated Program Fee: $2,100 (covers local transportation, housing, most meals, and educational field trips) in Togo. Fee does not include summer quarter tuition, airfare, travel insurance, some meals in Togo, and personal expenses at University of Washington Bothell and during the trip to Togo. A deposit of $400 is due March 31, 2014.
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Academic Credits: 5 summer quarter credits
Course Overview: This service-learning course is designed to expose students to the policy contexts in which health care is delivered in resource-poor settings with particular emphasis on Togo. Togo is located in the coast of West Africa. It is one of the smallest countries in Africa, and also one of the poorest countries in the world. Togo is home to over 6 million people and about half of the population lives below the international poverty line. The overall health status of the Togolese population is generally poor particularly in the rural areas, as the country lacks basic health infrastructures. The program presents excellent learning opportunities for students and aims to expose students to global development, health systems, global health issues and health care delivery strategies in resource-strapped communities. The course utilizes the community as the pedagogical platform and challenges students to view global health care issues holistically in order to understand how in-country health policies are influenced by local and global determinants or factors.
The course is designed in a hybrid format. The first two and half weeks of the quarter will be classroom and online-based at UW Bothell. The remaining time will involve intensive on-site community-based work in Togo, West Africa. Students will be exposed to the population and local heal,jkth practitioners as they work with minimal resources. Following students’ orientation to the environment, students will work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams from United States and Togo to support the health needs of the community.
Course Structure: The course will follow a seminar format. There will be open discussions and minimal lectures during classroom meetings. Online activities will be based on reflective analysis of the course content. Significant amount of time will be devoted to fieldwork and student-led open discussions -- synthesizing field experiences, course readings, and individual/group generated ideas. Learning through field observations, active participation in community health promotion activities and team-based problem-solving will be emphasized.
Academic Goals of the Program
Develop skills to collaborate effectively and professionally with an interdisciplinary team in resource-poor settings.
By the end of the program, students should be able to:
Understand the effectiveness of cross-cultural dialogue
Develop skills to conduct a health needs assessment of communities in a developing country and describe ongoing policy strategies to address identified needs.
Understand and discuss the local and global determinants of health of communities in developing countries with particular focus on Togo
Articulate the roles of health professionals, local and global health agencies, charitable foundations and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in global development efforts.
Describe pre-trip learning goals and how those goals were met or unmet through the study abroad experience.
Present activities and experiences to peers
June 23 – July 13: Class meetings on Thursdays (8:30AM-12:40PM) at UW Bothell campus; and online
July 14-July 23: Travel; and daily community-based fieldwork in Togo
July 24: Travel to United States
July 31, 2014 (Thursday): Final meeting with summative report and presentations at UW Bothell campus.
The application for this program is closed.