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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is global health?

    Global health activities target all factors that affect human health, including environment (e.g. lack of access to clean water or vitamin-rich foods), human behavior or lifestyle (e.g., physical inactivity), and the accessibility and/or quality of medical care (e.g., lack of access to prenatal healthcare for pregnant women). Global health practitioners focus on addressing the root causes of infectious and non-infectious disease issues that cross geographic and socioeconomic boundaries, Global health relies on collaboration and a two-way exchange of resources, knowledge and experience among nongovernmental, governmental, academic, and community partners. Together, they identify problems and develop strategies to provide solutions.

    Successful global health practitioners have in-depth knowledge of places, languages, cultures and the life situations of particular populations and understand that sharing knowledge and resources is a two-way street. They are able to collaborate closely with local leaders and communities to devise solutions for local health challenges.

  • Is medicine part of global health?

    In addition to medical care, global health also includes identifying and addressing the root causes of disease, such as working to identify sustainable, culturally appropriate ways to meet nutritional needs, treat water, and dispose of human waste. Done in respectful partnership with local communities, these are the sorts of projects that undergraduate students will explore as they complete the certificate.

  • Why earn a Certificate in Global Health?

    The certificate will help prepare you for living in a global society. You will learn from experts who collaborate with partners around the world, be introduced to a wide variety of global health careers, and have the chance to participate in projects that improve the well-being of people, their health, communities, and the environment. The certificate should help you identify and prepare for both experiences in global health and graduate or professional degree programs that provide more in-depth global health education and experience.

  • What kinds of careers might I pursue in global health?

    Global health involves people from many different fields using their expertise to improve well-being of men, women, children, communities, and the environment as a whole. Health care professionals such as physicians and nurses often embark on global health careers. Epidemiologists, occupational health specialists, and researchers in the health sciences are also part of global health.

  • Am I eligible for any scholarships or financial aid?

    Information pertaining to scholarships or financial aid for study abroad experiences can be found on the scholarships page of the Study Abroad website.

    Child and Family Health International also offers scholarships for global health education programs.

    Financial aid for the certificate program can be found at the Student Financial Aid website.

  • What does the certificate involve?

    It is a 12 credit program consisting of 3 courses and a final capstone, study abroad course in Peru.The courses are:

    • NURS 3600
    • NURS 3610
    • One elective (see the brochure for approved electives) NURS 3620 (Study abroad in Peru)
  • When are the courses offered?

    • NURS 3600 – Fall
    • NURS 3610 – Spring
    • Electives – check with the departments that offer the specific course
    • NURS 3620 – First summer session
  • When does the first course start?

    NURS 3600 will be offered Fall of 2015

  • NURS 3600 and 3610 are blended (sometimes called hybrid) courses that are based at the University Center in Greenville (UCG). What does that mean?

    Blended courses use a combination of face-to-face meetings along with online delivery. It is anticipated that each course will meet once a month at UCG and the remaining class meetings will be online.

    Using this type of format allows you to build relationships and promotes teamwork with peers who you will be traveling abroad with during the capstone course.

  • Can I take NURS 3600 as an elective for my specific major if I do not want to pursue the certificate?

    Yes, NURS 3600 can be taken even if you do not intend to pursue the certificate program, but you must be enrolled in a health-related discipline.

  • Can I go on the trip to Peru without taking NURS 3600 and 3610?

    No, you must complete these courses successfully in order to be eligible to do the study abroad capstone course.

  • Must the elective for the global health certificate program be taken before the capstone course can be completed?

    No, not at this time. Completing the elective prior to completing the capstone course is highly encouraged. In the event that space is limited for the capstone course, students who have completed the NURS 3600 and 3610 along with the elective would be given priority.

  • What does the study abroad course in Peru involve?

    You will live with a host family, work with a local non-governmental organization in Ollantaytambo, and attend Spanish language school. This is not a medical mission trip and we will not be providing medical treatments. Our focus is health education and empowerment of the local people. Follow this link to learn about the organization we will be working with:

    Host family homes are very modest. The homes are clean with running water and electricity. The family will provide you with 3 meals per day during the month-long stay. Do not expect the modern conveniences that you enjoy in your current homes here in the US. Remember this is a low resource area and homes are very basic. If you are a picky eater, then maybe this is not the trip for you. You must be flexible and willing to try new foods and experiences.

    We will travel to rural areas to provide health education. In some situations, it will require hiking to these areas. Be prepared to hike 1-2 hours at high elevations to some communities. If you have serious health problems or conditions that limit your physical endurance, again this probably is not the trip for you.

  • How do I apply for the program?

    • Talk to an advisor to determine if the courses will fit in your schedule.
    • Enroll in the first course (NURS 3600) if you are in an approved health-related discipline. During this first course, we will discuss in great detail the expectations of the certificate program. At this time, you will be provided with the information to submit the paperwork to complete the certificate program.
    • The approved health-related disciplines include:
      • Prepharmacy Emphasis Area
      • BA Biological Sciences – Prerehabilitation Emphasis Area
      • BS Food Science – Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration
      • Preprofessional Health Studies – Prepharmacy
      • CPreprofessional Health Studies – Prerehabilitation Sciences
      • BS Health Science – ALL concentrations (Health Promotion and Education Concentration; Health Services Administration Concentration; Cardiovascular Imaging Leadership Concentration; and Preprofessional Health Studies Concentration)
      • BS Nursing
      • Registered Nurse BS Completion Program
      • BS Language and International Health
      • Other disciplines should talk with an advisor for the global health certificate program to determine if their discipline is appropriate.
  • Do I need to take any Spanish courses before I go to Peru?

    While Spanish courses are not required, it is advisable to have taken 1-2 courses of Spanish either in high school or college. Your host family will only speak Spanish, so it will be difficult to function in Ollantaytambo without at least some minimal Spanish skills. During NURS 3600 and 3610, we will practice some basic Spanish language skills.

  • What are the anticipated costs of the study abroad program?

    • Roundtrip airline tickets to Lima, Peru and Cuszo, Peru and back to the US ~ $1300 - $1500
    • Summer tuition for study abroad (3 credits) ~$489 per credit hour + 10% study abroad fee = $1848
    • Program Fee (covers lodging, meals, transportation, Spanish language school) ~ $1600 - $1700
    • Total Costs for One-Month Trip ~$5000
    • This is an estimate and prices may fluctuate.
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