2019 COEHP Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

For more information on any of these programs, contact its faculty sponsor, and soon.

Health Service-Learning in Belize

Jan. 1-13, 2019

Dr. Matthew Ganio

Flag of BelizeStudents in this program will produce, deliver, and evaluate health-related education to the citizens and stakeholders of Dangriga, Belize. Students from UAMS will partner with UA-Fayetteville students in this service-learning opportunity to provide impactful outcomes and partnerships with Dangriga.

Adventure Therapy and Leadership in New Zealand

May 11-31, 2019

Dr. David Christian

Flag of New ZealandStudents will learn about the use of adventure activities to promote mental health for a variety of clientele. Students will be introduced to the profession of counseling and learn basic skills and techniques they can use to promote mental health in communities as well as with at-risk populations such as adjudicated youth. Students will also learn foundational skills in adventure leadership. Students will start their trip by visiting Otago Polytechnic where they will have the opportunity to interact with students and professors in the counseling and outdoor sports programs. Next, students will engage in a multi-day wilderness expedition where they will learn how to use counseling skills/techniques and adventure leadership skills to promote mental health in a natural setting. During this time, students will engage in hiking, camping, kayaking, mountain biking, and caving. At the end of the trip students will travel to Queenstown (the adventure capital of the world) and be exposed to a variety of adventure recreation and leisure activities that can be used to promote mental health.

STEM: Nordic Education Abroad

May 12-30, 2019

Dr. Vinson Carter

Flag of FinlandFlag of SwedenThis course in STEM education focuses on the development and introduction of technology and engineering-based activities to support science and mathematics instruction in the elementary classroom. Through hands-on, problem based learning challenges, students will develop an understanding of the design process and the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics often used to solve real-world problems. Additionally, the study abroad component will introduce students to Finnish and Swedish culture and education. The course discusses the Finnish and Swedish education systems, Nordic educational philosophies, and the relationship between culture and education. The structure of the educational system, the scope of educational experiences for students, teaching methods, instructional design, and teacher preparation. The course may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

Health Teams Abroad Sweden

May 13-June 5, 2019

Dr. Fran Hagstrom

Flag of SwedenThis Health Teams Abroad program provides comparative information and learning activities from the perspective of health professionals involved in teaching, clinical service delivery, and/or research in the US and Sweden. The program promotes critical thinking about the ways in which societal values, policies, and practices of each country impacts the provision of health-related services. Students learn about evidence based practice across health careers as a basis for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of common and chronic diseases.

Education in Ireland: The Art of Teaching

May 27-June 13, 2019

Dr. Paul Calleja

Flag of IrelandStudents from the University of Arkansas, teacher education programs will be eligible to participate in a 17 day faculty led study abroad experience in Ireland. Students (UA) will be hosted by the University of Limerick (UL) and The University College Dublin in Ireland. Students will visit four primary schools, where they will teach a variety of lessons in K-6 classrooms. UA students will also meet with UL faculty to learn about college programs and life experiences in Ireland. Additionally, UA students will participate in several one-hour lectures that provide an overview of the Irish education system, culture, and history. Finally, UA students will also visit historical and cultural sites throughout Ireland, connecting what they see and experience with their future career as a K-12 educator.

Health Professions in Ireland: Clinical Practice & Perspectives

May 27-June 13, 2019

Dr. Jean Henry

Flag of IrelandIreland will serve as the backdrop for a two-week faculty-led study abroad experience for students from an interdisciplinary group of health professions majors – dietetics, public health, pre-PT, pre-OT, and pre-med/PA at the University of Arkansas. The purpose of this trip is to highlight the similarities and differences between the Irish and American health care systems through experiential activities, while also evaluating the impact of culture/history on health and health care. Students will have opportunities to be immersed in the Irish health care system through interactive visits to health care facilities in Limerick.

While staying on the University of Limerick (UL) campus, students will participate in multiple collaborative activities with UL students and faculty, including lectures on Irish health care and practices, culture, and history. Finally, throughout the two-week stay, U of A students will join students from Ireland and other countries as they tour historical and cultural sites throughout Ireland. Upon returning to the U.S., students will possess a greater understanding of the Irish health care system and processes, and the individual and institutional culture/history that have shaped their evolution. Students will be able to use this experience to enhance their cultural competence in future practice of their chosen health professions careers.

Community Health Nursing in Ghana

June 1-25, 2019

Dr. Carol Agana

Flag of GhanaThese courses will provide nursing students with an exceptional experience that will contribute to their life goals and professional goals. Students will learn about healthcare in a global setting by working together with nurses and doctors in a hospital and in clinics where they will connect with local people and experience their cultures and traditions firsthand. Students will provide a community service that will address an identified need for the village, i.e. malaria prevention, avoiding smoke inhalation during cooking, identifying high protein foods available, importance of immunizations, first aid.