Ghana Learning Abroad

Project Site - Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa

Trip Dates

June 30 - July 22, 2018
* Optional Paris add-on: July 23 - 28, 2018

Estimated Ghana Trip Cost (2018 pricing)

Undergraduate student cost: Four Credit: $5,190
Graduate student cost: Four Credit: $5,250

Estimated Ghana + Paris Trip Cost (2018 pricing)

Undergraduate student cost: Five Credit: $6,350
Graduate student cost: Five Credit: $6,425

(Dates above represent first and last days in each country. Costs include tuition, shared dormitory 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, independent travel.)


(Subject to change)

- 11 days of Field Work - Kumasi
- Seven days of excursions Lake Bosomtwi, Mole National Park, Cape Coast (Elmina Slave Castle, Busua Beach Resort, and Canopy Walk)
- Four days Extreme Affordability Conference, attend at Ensign College of Public Health
- Three days travel by plane, train, and bus
- Fully escorted by co-directors


* Optional Paris add-on (Pricing TBA)
- Five days of public health history and cultural site excursions (Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe Paris, Institute Pasteur, Paris Sewer Museum, the Louvre, Catacombs de Paris and the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris)

- One day travel by plane
- Fully escorted

Deadline & Registration

February 15, 2018

Learning Abroad Brochure

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Preparation Course taught by Dr. Ty Dickerson

Students are highly encouraged to enroll in the Prep for Global Health Service and Learning Course


Ghana map

Kumasi is a city of approximately two million people located in the interior of Ghana. Like other regions of Africa, Ghana suffers from disease, poverty, and other pressing social issues. Field work and activities will take place in Kumasi and surrounding villages. On the weekends, students will be able to visit the Cape Coast, tour slave castles, and visit the rainforests of Ghana. They may also choose to visit a wildlife reserve and take part in the natural beauty this country has to offer.

Course Goals

Through participation in the pre-departure orientation sessions and on-site field work, students will learn about cultural, social, and health issues currently facing Ghana. They will learn about current public health issues including infectious diseases, nutrition, water and sanitation systems, and methods to health development and improving general health and quality of life. Students will be able to interact and work directly with village and community members to understand and improve overall health conditions locally and participate in field work programs that focus on community health development. During the spring semester prior to departure, several orientation sessions will be held to introduce students to Ghana and field activities. Working under a project leader, students will help plan and develop their assigned field project prior to arrival in Ghana where they will collaborate with Ghanaian students from the local medical school (KNUST) to conduct their project.

Research Collaboration & Site


The research site is a cohort of approximately 22,000 people in 20 peri-urban and rural villages approximately 25 kilometers from Kumasi, Ghana. These villages are part of an ongoing collaborative effort between Ghanaian and U.S. researchers to promote health in rural Ghana. The group of researchers, in collaboration with local village leaders, are working together to address pressing health issues including those associated with maternal and child health.

Scholarly Works

Upcoming Projects

Along with other ongoing projects, the following are upcoming projects:

  • Economic Development Project

Ongoing & Prior Projects

Typically, projects are broadly related to research or service. Where possible, students will have the opportunity to review various projects in order to match their interests or skills to a particular activity. See below for examples of ongoing and past research and activities:

  • Survey of local incidence and management of pain
  • Evaluation of medication availability
  • Diabetes Surveillance
  • Knowledge Attitude and Practice Care Givers toward Immunization
  • Results-Based Community Health Promotion
  • Adult Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk Study
  • Community Total Led Sanitation
  • Exploring the Indirect Determinants of Mortality in Young Children in the Barekese Sub-District, Ghana
  • Evaluating Elder Health in the Barekuma Sub-District of Ghana
  • Identification of Physical and Social Barriers and Appropriate Behavioral Cues to Promote Daily Multivitamin Supplementation in Rural Ghana
  • Maternal Micronutrient Health Assessment of Barekuma Sub-District
  • Dissemination of Research Findings to the Community
  • Understanding the Community-Based Participatory Research Approach: A Case Study of the BCCDP and the Barekuma Farmers' Cooperative
  • Hygiene Education among Schoolchildren in Barekuma
  • Assessing the Implementation of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Strategy in the Barekese Sub-District of Atwima Nwabiagya District, Ghana
  • Micronutrient Deficiencies, Beliefs about Food and Attitudes Towards Supplementation in Women of Reproductive Age in Rural Ghanaian Communities
  • Family Planning in a Sub-District near Kumasi, Ghana: Side Effect Fears, Unintended Pregnancies and Misuse of a Medication as Emergency Contraception
  • Verbal Autopsy: An Analysis of the Common Causes of Childhood Death in the Barekese Sub-District of Ghana
  • Drinking Water Quality and Source Reliability in Rural Ghana

Barekuma Collaborative Community Development Project Members:

  • Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi, Ghana
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana
  • Communities of the Barekese Sub-District
  • University of Utah

Ghana 2017

Helping Others...

Gladys Ashitey People come to us from all over the world offering to help and often nothing happens.  The University of Utah has brought us programs that have been implemented with a clear understanding of our culture and our needs.  Utah follows through - they deliver what they have promised.

Dr. Gladys Ashitey, former Member of Parliament & Deputy Minister of Health, Ghana

Contact Information

Lisa Gren, PhD

Pamela Lyon
Phone: 801-585-5303