Ghana Learning Abroad

Project Site - Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa

Trip Dates

June 28 - July 18, 2020
* Optional Paris add-on: July 18 - 23, 2020

Estimated Ghana Trip Cost (2019 pricing)

Undergraduate student cost: Four Credit: $5,282
Graduate student cost: Four Credit: $5,342

Estimated Ghana + Paris Trip Cost (2019 pricing)

Undergraduate student cost: Five Credit: $6,472
Graduate student cost: Five Credit: $6,547

(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)
- Three days travel by plane, train, and bus
- Fully escorted by co-directors


* Optional Paris add-on (See above)
- Five days of public health history and cultural site excursions (Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe Paris, 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, 2020

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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.

2019 Projects

      • Antimicrobial Resistance among Potential Human Pathogens in Water & Sanitation Systems
      • Family Planning, Contraception use, and Induced Abortion Practices in Rural Ghana
      • Skin Disease in Rural Ghana – Life Quality Impact & the Availability of Essential Dermatologic Medications

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:

      • Antimicrobial Resistance Among Potential Human Pathogens in Water & Sanitation Systems in Rural Ghana
      • Survey of local incidence and knowledge, attitudes and practices of acute and chronic pain
      • Point Prevalence of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
      • Access & Barriers to Contraception the Barekese sub-District
      • Household biofuels and Lower Respiratory Tract Infection in Rural Ghana
      • Maternal Child Health
      • Adult Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk Study
      • Diabetes Surveillance
      • Family Planning
      • Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Regarding Micronutrient Supplementation Among Women of Reproductive Age in Rural Ghana
      • The Impact Of Skin Disease On The Quality Of Life In Rural Communities Of Ghana

Scholarly Works

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