Global Health Study Abroad Programs

2017 Public Health Summer Abroad Programs

  China Summer Abroad

China Public Health Summer Abroad Program

July 10 — August 2, 2017

*Open to both undergraduate & graduate students

Through Tulane University’s China Public Health Summer Program students will have the unique opportunity to learn about China’s major health problems and more while examining comparative health systems and health economics. In addition, this learning will be accompanied by first-hand knowledge gained from visits to hospitals, private clinics, and health departments as well as guest lectures from local Chinese experts and health practitioners.

This is a one-of-a-kind program that allows all students, regardless of their academic major or language abilities, to learn in person about the urban and rural health systems of China in Shanghai and Jinan. Some of the major topics of interest that will be covered are China’s health system reform, the development of the rural Collaborative Medical System (CMS), HIV/AIDS programs and their progress, urban health insurance, disease control and prevention systems, and maternal and child healthcare systems.

Click here for application.

Public Health in Cuba

Public Health in Cuba

Havana | May  – June , 2017

*Open graduate students only

GCHB 6860 | 3 credit graduate course

The Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences within the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University offers a graduate summer study abroad program in Cuba in 2017. This two-week course addresses how the Cuban government has prioritized the development of universal health care, with a special emphasis on the efforts to strengthen primary health care and to articulate it with more complex levels of care. The course contextualizes and analyzes the programs to prevent infant mortality and to prevent and control infectious diseases such as polio, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, and HIV, as well as the economic and political context in which these public health initiatives developed. The three-credit course takes place in collaboration with the National School of Public Health in Havana. Course activities take place in Havana and in rural areas.

Learning objectives:

  1. Analyze the development of the Cuban health system within its economic and political context.
  2. Analyze the efforts of the Cuban health system in reaching universal health coverage.
  3. Identify the achievements of the Cuban health system in maternal and child health and in the elimination and control of infectious diseases.

Students stay in the National School of Public Health (ENSP) residence, which is located in Havana, with the possibility of staying in a rural area during the second week. The program includes ten days of lectures and visits to health facilities in Havana and in rural areas.

Suriname Tonka Island

Public Health Threats in Suriname

June -July , 2017

*Open to both undergraduate & graduate students

Explore key issues affecting the heath of Suriname's population and ecosystem:

  • Science, practice, and policy approaches to address public health issues affecting environmental and human health
  • Important aspects of disaster management
  • Medicinal characteristics of plants
  • Risks of environmental contamination
  • Role of the ecosystem as a vital component to community health
  • Field Trips – overnight trip to the rainforest; see Guyanese dolphins; orchids and bird sanctuary

Please visit the Suriname summer program page for additional information.

Summer Abroad in HaitiSummer Course GCHB: Maternal and Child Health in Haiti

June -July , 2017

*Open graduate students only

As one of the poorest country in the world, Haiti suffers from chronic social, economic, political issues that result in a constellation of health problems that were exacerbated by the 2010 earthquake. In 2015, a majority of the population still lives below the poverty level and less than half has access to potable water. Diarrheal disease and malnutrition are among the leading causes of infant death while tuberculosis, HIV and maternal morbidity contribute to the burden of adult’s mortality.

This 2-credit course will introduce students to the multiple factors, including historical and socio-political, that impact women and children’s health in Haiti in the post earthquake reconstruction. Through sites visits and discussions with health experts, students will examine national and community based strategies to address HIV, malnutrition, diarrheal diseases, and maternal health issue within the context of a fragmented health system. The role of humanitarian aid will also be discussed.

Students will get to visit hospitals and primary health care clinics in urban and rural areas, meet with health ministry staff, nurses, community health workers and traditional midwives. Lectures and presentations will be provided in English.

Cost: The non-tuition course fee will cover hotel nights, meals (breakfast and lunches), in-country transportation (private bus with driver) and other logistic cost associated with teaching. Airfare is not included.

Students interested must contact Professor Grossmann ( or


Taiwan Strategies to Community Health Practices GCHB 6150

May, 2017

*Open graduate students only

Instructor: David Seal, Professor, GCHB

This course is designed to provide a field study opportunity for the aim of learning global public health practices, cross-culture communication and interaction, and alternative community health strategies in Taiwan. A maximum of 12 students each from Tulane University will be paired with 12 students from Asia University and China Medical University in Taiwan to form cross-culture teams to research and solve community health problems identified in the field study. In this course, students will visit health organizations and community service providers at the national, provincial, city, county and community levels. Lectures and discussions will be provided by experienced faculty and practitioners from universities, health departments and clinics, and NGOs in Taiwan. There also will be daily cultural excursions to learn more about the local culture of Taiwan, including museums, temples and monasteries, night markets, and other cultural attractions. The course will be held in both Taipei and Taichung. Hotel accommodations are included in the course fees.

At the end of the course the cross-culture student teams will be required to submit written papers and deliver an in-class presentation. Additionally, all students are required to submit an individual field study report. Students are free to remain in Taiwan or travel to other parts of Asia before or after the course.


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