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CONTACT INFORMATION

Scott Benson, MD, PhD, MPH
Faculty Director
scott.benson@hsc.utah.edu

Pamela Lyon
Administrative Program Coordinator
pamela.lyon@utah.edu
801-585-5303


Ghana Learning Abroad





The Ghana Learning Abroad Program has facilitated the 3-week faculty-led program for over 10 years to Ghana, West Africa. Our Ghana program is a fantastic opportunity for students with or without a background or interest in health to work with community members, academicians from both Ghana and the U of U as well as Ghanaian graduate students to improve the health of rural Ghanaian communities in West Africa. Students will have the opportunity to see first-hand the role public health plays in a global community. While in Ghana, students will be able to observe and participate hands-on in functioning, effective projects that have been successfully implemented and are positively changing health conditions in West Africa.

Optional Paris, France Add-on
Student can add an additional 1-week to their Ghana Learning Abroad program by heading to Paris, France. The Paris add-on will give students the opportunity to see and study public health history and culture sites of Paris.

QUICK INFO:

Location: Kumasi, Ghana (West Africa)
Program Length:
      Ghana only: 3 weeks
      Ghana + Paris: 4 weeks
Number of Credits:
      Ghana only: 4 credits
      Ghana + Paris: 5 credits
Eligibility:
      The Program is open to all UofU students and
      Non-UofU students

DATES:

Summer
Ghana July 1-23, 2022
* Optional Paris add-on: July 23-28, 2022
Application Deadline: February 15, 2022

PROGRAM COST (estimate):

Ghana only
      Undergraduate: $5,270
      Graduate: $5,330
Ghana + Paris
      Undergraduate: $6,472
      Graduate: $6,547
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Ghana Learning Abroad
Ghana + Paris Learning Abroad
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    • Ghana Learning Abroad Program's objective is to provide high quality educational experience for students through hands-on field work (group projects) and cultural experiences. 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.

      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. Projects may include:

        • Relationship building with village and community members
        • Maternal/Child Health Surveillance and Education with District Health
        • Antimicrobial Resistance in Water & Sanitation Systems in Rural Ghana
        • Verbal Autopsy-Health surveillance method to gather information about symptoms and circumstances for a deceased individual to determine their cause of death.
        • Covid-19 related project

      When you finish your learning abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on the Ghanaian culture, the social and health issues currently facing Ghana, and the Ghana public health system. If you choose, you will have the opportunity in the post-trip activities to work with the program directors on finalizing projects through final results analysis, as well as writing a peer-reviewed publication(s) and preparing a poster that can submitted to a global health conference.

      Excursions – History, Coast and Culture of Ghana

      Student will have the opportunity on weekends to learn about the history and culture of Ghana. Some of the site’s students will visit.


      Optional: Paris, France Add-on

      The Ghana Program has added a 1-week program to Paris, France at the end of the Ghana trip. Through participation, students will study and visit a number of important sites, central to the development of modern public health concepts. France has a long history as the location of many of the great innovations and applications of Public Health. As part of the learning abroad experience, students will spend 5 days in Paris where they will visit the historically rich cities historical and cultural sites.

      Students will study and visit a number of important sites, central to the development of modern public health concepts. These visits will include the sewers and catacombs beneath the streets of Paris where improved sanitation improved the living conditions of the population. Students will also visit the Pasteur institute and museum, named for Luis Pasteur the developer of the first successful rabies vaccine. They will also visit the Louvre where historic pieces of art show how people have lived throughout the centuries and how medicine and health are interwoven into the fabric of our lives.



    • Kumasi, Ghana
    • Kumasi is a city of approximately 3.3 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.
    • Paris, France
    • Paris is the capital city of France. Has an area of 41 square miles. A population of 2.2 million people as of 2018. France has a long history as the location of many of the great innovations and applications of Public Health. In the early 19th century, at the time of the construction of the Eifel Tower, Paris was transitioning into one of the world’s first major metropolitan cities that embraced public health systems to protect the citizens of the city. We will study and visit a number of important sites, central to the development of modern public health concepts.


Scott Benson
L. Scott Benson, MD, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Division of Public Health
Family and Preventive Medicine
Ty Dickerson
Ty Dickerson, MD, MPH
Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Assistant Dean, Global Health Education,
School of Medicine


Details & Costs
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Length:
      Ghana only: 3 weeks
      Ghana + Paris: 4 weeks
Number of Credits:
      Ghana only: 4 credits
      Ghana + Paris: 5 credits
GPA: 2.5
Program Open To:
       All UofU and Non-UofU students

Program Dates and Deadlines:
      Application Deadline: February 15
      Ghana only: July 1-23, 2022
      Ghana and Paris: July 1-28, 2022

Program Cost: (estimated)
      Ghana Only:
      Undergraduate: $5,270
      Graduate: $5,330

      Ghana and Paris:
      Undergraduate: $6,472
      Graduate: $6,547
What is included
Learning Abroad
    • Orientation
    • Tuition
    • Shared hotel accommodations
    • In-country transportation
    • Excursions
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • International health insurance
    • Welcome and farewell social events

Service Component
    • Pickup at Accra airport
    • Travel to Kumasi
    • Accommodations: Hotels
What is not included
    • International airfare
    • Passport fees
    • Visa fees
    • Meals: Lunch and dinner
    • Personal expenses
    • Optional excursions
    • Independent travel




    • The Division of Public Health has a 20+ year partnership with the Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and Kwame Nkruma University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana.

      The research site is a cohort of approximately 22,000 people in 20 peri-urban and rural villages approximately 25 kilometers (12.5 miles) 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 infection disease (malaria), nutrition, maternal health and child mortality, water and sanitation.



    • 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