Ghana - Junior Global Scholars

Project Site - Kpong, Ghana, West Africa

Tentative Trip Dates Jr Scholars

Ghana: July 1-22, 2019
With a stop in Europe (more info to come)

Ghana + Europe Trip Cost (2019 pricing)
Student cost: $4,250.00
Additional four Credit hour cost: $920.27

(Costs include: shared accommodations, program-related travel, international health insurance, program excursions, welcome and farewell social events, and some meals.
Costs do not include: international airfare, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal expenses, optional excursions).

Payment and Refund Policy

2019 Trip Budget Sheet

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Deposit Required: $500.00 (non-refundable)

Hosted by: Drs. Lisa Gren, Caren Frost and Steve Alder (University of Utah Faculty)

Why go on a University of Utah Junior Global Health Scholars trip?

  • Get first-hand research experience, including data collection, analysis, and presentation
  • Work one-on-one with faculty from University of Utah faculty based in Utah and Ghana
  • Looks good on your college application
  • Optional college credit (4 hours)
  • Expand your horizons, travel, & gain new friends from the US and Ghana

Research Experience
The research projects are used by decision makers in Ghana to improve health in the Kpong area. The research projects for summer 2018 have been requested by partners at the local hospital, tribal leaders, and public health officers. The answers we provide help to shape future research, as well as solve real problems people are experiencing now.

Students participating in the Junior Global Scholars Program will interact with colleagues from the Ensign College of Public Health and community members living in Ghana. Students will be part of a research team to help improve the health of the people in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

The 2019 research projects we will be doing in Ghana include:

  • Explore health system strengthening activities with Kpong clinic staff and local providers
  • Survey research with residents of area high schools and rural villages
  • Environmental sampling to assess water quality and potential for antibiotic resistance
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Past Research Projects

  • Survey research of growth and nutrition in children 0-18 years old in rural villages
  • Survey research of lifestyle in high school students in (Kpong, Ghana)
  • Qualitative interviews of women’s health and breast cancer screening (Kpong, Ghana)
  • Water sample collection and assessment of quality (Kpong, Ghana)

The 2019 excursions link to public health, culture and art, and ecotourism, and can include:Jr Scholars

  • Slave castle tour and canopy walk (Cape Coast, Ghana)
  • Volta dam tour and river exploration (Kpong area, Ghana)
  • Elephant safari, ecotourism, & Larabanga mosque (Mole National Park area, Ghana)
  • Culture, trade and economy (Cedi beads in Kpong, Ghana; markets in Kumasi & Accra, Ghana; Ashante Museum in Kumasi, Ghana)

(Subject to change)


  • Two days of Research Training
  • Seven days of Field Work – Kpong area
  • One day Mini Research Conference and Dissemination of Projects
  • Five days of excursions Mole National Park (Safari and Larabanga Mosque), Cape Coast (Elmina Slave Castle and Canopy Walk), Volta Dam tour, Kumasi (Ashante museum, artisan’s market)
    Several days travel by plane and bus
    Fully escorted

Stop in Europe (more info to come)

  • Three days of public health history and cultural site excursions
  • One day travel by plane
    Fully escorted

Would you like to earn college credit for your Junior Global Scholars Trip?

Jr ScholarsThe Division of Public Health is offering high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit through the High School University Program (HSUP) for participating in the Junior Global Scholars trip.

The optional four credit hour cost will be in addition to the trip costs. The cost of four credit hours through the High School University Program is $920.28. (Resident Undergraduate Cost is $2,018.23, for a savings of $1,097.96)

Please review the eligibility requirements below and if interested, please contact Pamela Lyon, for more information.

Eligibility Requirements:
To participate in the High School University Program, students must successfully complete the ninth grade, be enrolled in an accredited high school, and be a Utah resident. Students must also meet the following GPA requirements: Seniors 3.2 GPA or higher, Juniors 3.5 GPA or and higher and Sophomores 3.7 GPA or higher.

How to Apply:
Students should mail their complete application (below), official high school transcripts and $45 application fee (first time applicants only), to:

University of Utah, Office of Admissions Welcome Center
200 S. Central Campus Dr., Room 80
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9104

HSUP Application

Application Deadline:
Summer semester applications are due by March 1.

What if my Parent/Guardian is a Faculty or Staff Member at the University of Utah:
Eligible University of Utah employees receive a 50% tuition reduction for themselves and their immediate family. HSUP students whose parent/guardian qualify for the tuition reduction can apply it to a maximum of 10 credit hours. Visit the HR benefits site to learn more.

Students in Ghana

Contact Information

Lisa Gren, PhD

Jill Stephenson
Phone: 801-587-8889