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CONTACT INFORMATION

Tejinder P. Singh, BDS, MDS, MPH
Faculty Director
tp.singh@utah.edu

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


Exploring South Korea: Society, Development and Health Learning Abroad





The Exploring South Korea: Society, Health and Development Learning Abroad Program is a new 3-week summer learning abroad program in Incheon (Songdo), South Korea. The program is based at the University of Utah Asia Campus one of the founding institutions of the Incheon Global Campus in Incheon (Songdo), South Korea. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a diverse cultural setting, allowing them to think, feel and experience the traditional and modern society of South Korea with its unique culture of food, lifestyle, arts, music, rapid development and its implications on society, environment and health. Students will be able to observe, interact and work directly with community members and academicians from South Korea and U of U.

QUICK INFO:

Location: Incheon (Songdo), South Korea

Program Length:
      3 weeks

Number of Credits:
      3 credits

Eligibility:
      The Program is open to all UofU student and
      Non-UofU students

DATES:

Summer
      May 13 - June 3, 2022

Application Deadline: February 15, 2022

PROGRAM COST (estimate):

      Undergraduate: $5,440
      Graduate: $5,500
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The primary focus of the program is to provide experiential learning through immersion. Daily field activities will immerse the students in a diverse cultural setting, allow the participants to think, feel, and experience the traditional and modern society of South Korea with its unique culture of food, lifestyle, arts, music, rapid development and its implications on society, environment and health.

Specific public health focus areas include:

    • Health and the built environment
    • Safe Cities Initiative
    • Sustainable Development (including visit to UN Office of Sustainable Development)
    • Exploration of modern and traditional medicine
    • Culture and health

During the three weeks, students will learn to recognize community linkage and relationships among multiple factors affecting health. As well as incorporate strategies for interacting with people from diverse backgrounds and recognize the role of cultural, social and behavior factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services and respond to diverse needs that are the result of cultural differences. As we continue to develop our partnerships with our community partners and you will have the opportunity to fine-tune and develop communication and collaborative skills.

Field Activities will include:

    • Water treatment facility
    • Seoul City Hall
    • Palace and History Museum
    • Traditional markets
    • Green Climate Fund (GCF)
    • United Nations Office Sustainable Development (UNOSD)
    • Soraepogo fish market
    • Two cultural days in Songdo and Seoul

Possible Education and Exploration Activities:

    • Collaborating and Partnering – Reaching out to potential community partners
    • Health Equity and Social Justice – Society and Development project (Issues of Marriage Migrants)
    • Social-cultural and Political Awareness – Work on developing a community health needs assessment for implementation during Summer 2023.

During the spring semester prior to departure, several pre-departure orientation sessions are held to introduce students to South Korea and field activities.

Excursions – Experience the landscape, history and culture of South Korea

Students will be given time to enjoy the rich culture that South Korea has to offer. With each city visited time will be taken as a group to visit places of historical, cultural and geographical significance. Travel arrangements will be made by the program coordinator. Price of the excursions will be included. Independent travel may be done after the learning abroad course, at the students own expense.


Incheon (Songdo), South Korea

The program is based at the University of Utah Asia Campus one of the founding institutions of the Incheon Global Campus in Incheon (Songdo), South Korea. Incheon Global Campus is termed the “best global education hub in Northeastern Asia” and is a national project established by the Korean government and Incheon Metropolitan City. Songdo is the "Smart City" in which the Incheon Global Campus resides. Songdo is a prime example of a new city that brings together the world's best technologies, building design and eco-friendly practices to create the ultimate lifestyle and work experience. Incheon, South Korea borders the capital of Seoul and has a population of 2.9 million. The Division of Public Health has run a Masters of Public Health at the University of Asia Campus since 2014.



TP Singh
Tejinder P. Singh, BDS, MDS, MPH
Associate Professor
Division of Public Health
Family and Preventive Medicine


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

Program Dates and Deadlines:
      May 13 - June 3, 2022
Program Deadline:
      February 15, 2022

Program Cost: (estimated)
      Undergraduate: $5,440
      Graduate: $5,500
What is included
Learning Abroad
    • Orientation
    • Tuition
    • Shared hotel accommodations
    • In-country transportation (bus, train)
    • Excursions
    • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
    • International health insurance
    • Welcome and farewell social events

Service Component
    • Pickup at Incheon airport
    • Travel to UU Asia Campus
    • Accommodations: Dorms
What is not included
    • International airfare
    • Passport fees
    • Visa fees
    • Personal expenses
    • Optional excursions
    • Independent travel
    • Meals: Breakfast




The Division of Public Health is currently building relations with local universities, community leaders and various health facilities to enhance collaborative efforts and support joint public health education and research. Partners include academic and community members in Incheon (Songdo) and Seoul.

Songdo is the "Smart City". Songdo is a prime example of a new city that brings together the world's best technologies, building design and eco-friendly practices to create the ultimate lifestyle and work experience. Incheon, South Korea borders the capital of Seoul and has a population of 2.9 million



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 new, ongoing and past research and activities:

    • Possible Education and Exploration Activities:

      • Collaborating and Partnering – Reaching out to potential community partners
      • Health Equity and Social Justice – Society and Development project (Issues of Marriage Migrants)
      • Social-cultural and Political Awareness – Work on developing a community health needs assessment for implementation during Summer 2023.