Study Abroad

Togo Summer 2014


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

  1. Develop skills to collaborate effectively and professionally with an interdisciplinary team in resource-poor settings.
  2. By the end of the program, students should be able to:
  3. Understand the effectiveness of cross-cultural dialogue
  4. Develop skills to conduct a health needs assessment of communities in a developing country and describe ongoing policy strategies to address identified needs.
  5. Understand and discuss the local and global determinants of health of communities in developing countries with particular focus on Togo
  6. Articulate the roles of health professionals, local and global health agencies, charitable foundations and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in global development efforts.
  7. Describe pre-trip learning goals and how those goals were met or unmet through the study abroad experience.
  8. 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.


Global Initiatives

Study Abroad Advising
Student Success Center, UW1-160


Natalia Dyba, Director

Hanan Osman and Kelsey Bolinger, Student Advisors

Relevant Scholarships

NHS Study Abroad Scholarships
Deadline: April 4, 2014
Several grants - minimum award $500 - are available for participants of the Summer 2014 Togo program to offset program expenses. Applicants must be current UWB students enrolled in a NHS degree program and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to MN and BSN students.


Ottenberg-Winans African Studies Fellowship
Deadline: April 11, 2014 5pm
The African Studies program at the Jackson School awards $750 grants to support currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate UW students traveling to Africa. The fellowship can be used for travel and living expenses, and research materials.

UWB Study Abroad Scholarship
Deadline: April 11, 2014
Awards of $500-$2,000 to offset travel expenses required to participate in a study abroad program. Applicants must be current UWB undergraduate students enrolled full-time, WA residents, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate a commitment to promoting study abroad opportunities among UWB students.

GO! Scholarship
Deadline: April 25, 2014
Multiple $2,000 to $3,000 funded by the WA Legislature to support students with financial need.  Applicants must be undergraduates, WA state residents eligible for Husky Promise or a Federal Pell Grant.

Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel Endowed Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Two $2,000 will be awarded to students with a record of distinguished academic achievement who are participating in a UW-sponsored study abroad program and pursuing majors and careers in the fields of international studies, African studies, political science, geography, international business and economics, or other related disciplines.  Preference will be given to undergraduates, of at least junior class standing.