GLOBAL HEALTH UGANDA -- each fall semester

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Uganda 3 ct


The Global Health Emphasis (GHE) provides undergraduate students in medical and public health related
majors the opportunity to complete an international field placement at a local organization in Uganda
during their semester with USP. The program is based on understanding, learning and growth within a different culture. Within this framework, Global Health students will conduct an internship at one of the various partner organizations, supervised by both a Ugandan supervisor on site, and the Global Health Emphasis Coordinator. Learning and observing Ugandan professionals working in various health-related
fields is a unique experience through which students will grow in their understanding of the field as well as engage broader issues of international aid, development, public health etc. Students will gain valuable insight into the growing field of global health and gain cross-cultural awareness and skills to help them work effectively with diverse populations. This program is a partnership program between Westmont College and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.



Departure, In-Country, and Re-Entry: The Global Learning Cycle

Westmont College utilizes the global learning cycle to maximize students’ study abroad experiences. This cycle includes a pre-departure course, the in-country experience, as well as a re-entry course. This series of courses not only prepares you with an academic and theoretical framework to observe and analyze economic, social, and cultural forces that shape Uganda, it will also offer you an opportunity to explore your own cultural identity, vocational calling, and faith journey. These courses additionally offer the unique experience of being mentored by a Westmont faculty member –before, during, and after your experience – and growing as a member of a cohort of learners who will prepare, depart, immerse, and return together. Once in Uganda, the Global Health Semester, embedded in the local Ugandan context, allowing students an opportunity to regularly participate and become part of the Ugandan community through attending worship and prayer services, volunteering in the local community organization, participating in a community-based health internship, and living with a Ugandan family or collegiate peers. The program also exposes students to a week-long learning excursion to Rwanda and a rural homestay in the beautiful Kapchora and Sipi Falls region.


Pre-semester course: Intro to Global Health in Uganda (IS, 2 unit). For the Global Health Semester in Uganda, the pre-semester course will focus on providing you with an overview of the most important health challenges facing the world today, with particular attention to sub-Saharan Africa. You will gain insight into how these challenges have changed over time. You will also spend significant time exploring your own cultural values and perspectives and how they inform your faith, scholarly work, and calling in the world. (Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Toms)

Post-semester course: Re-entry & Global Health Capstone (IS, 1 unit). Returning to “life as normal” after a semester of intense, immersion study can feel overwhelming – and many students struggle to connect their international experiences with renewed local lives. Yet, “glocalization”, not globalization, is responsible for the transformation of our every day lives because it involves our immediate and familiar structures. In this course, we will explore local responses to contemporary ecological and social issues in ways that take account of the integrated nature of local and global processes. Global concerns are important but so are our local ones. You will be asked to undertake a community-based research project that builds from your internship experience in Uganda and further expands your comparative perspective on health. (Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Toms)

Uganda 2

August Modular: Intro to Epidemiology in Global Health, Starts (2 units) This course will explore the basic tenets of Global Health and how information is gathered and theories are developed and tested in community based society. (Instructor:TBA.This is taught in Uganda.

Global Health Internship (August 21-mid-December) (2-4 units) The Global Health Internship is a 2-unit course that provides students with the opportunity to enrich their understanding of culture as well as further develop and practice their own cultural competence through active service learning and participation and integration into a Ugandan community. Students will complete a minimum of 72 hours at an approved practicum site, engage in their respective living context communities (UCU for on-campus students and local neighborhoods for Homestay students), and interact with guest speakers, make site visits and travel in Uganda.

Faith & Action in Ugandan Context (August - December) (4 units) Required on-site course. Satisfies Communicating Cross-Culturally Westmont GE.



Biology/Kinesiology Intensive:

  • Microbiology in Global Health Context: will count for either Microbiology credit OR upper-division elective credit
  • Global Health and Infectious Disease: will count for upper-division elective credit
  • Cross-Cultural Practicum: 2-4 units of practicum/internship credit in Kns or Bio

(GE) Options: African Core Courses

  • African Literature (3 units) - (GE: Reading Imaginative Literature)
  • History & Culture of Africa (GE: Thinking Globally)
  • East African History from 1800 to Independence (3 Units) - (GE: Thinking Historically)
  • East African Politics since Independence (3 Units) - (GE: Understanding Society)
  • Religions in Contemporary Uganda (3 Units) - (GE: Thinking Globally)
  • Understanding Worldviews- (GE: Thinking Globally)
  • Community Art in Uganda - (GE: Performing or Interpreting the Arts)
  • Luganda I (3 units) - (GE: Modern Language)
  • Luganda I & II (6 units) - (these can be taken sequentially so that both fit in one semester) - (GE: Modern Language)
  • Kiswahili I (3 units) - (GE: Modern Language)
  • Kiswahili I & II (6 units) - (these can be taken sequentially so that both fit in one semester)- (GE: Modern Language)
  • Understanding Ethics (3 units) - (Elective Credit only)
  • Health & Wholeness (3 units)

Since 80% of the population lives in rural settings in Uganda,you will visit healthcare initiatives implementing education, counseling, and clinical care alongside community healthcare workers, volunteers, and others mobilized for improved health and livelihoods in the countryside of Uganda. Additional visits will include: Rural government clinics in Southeastern, Uganda; Referral Hospital in Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda (the largest state-owned hospital in Uganda, built in 1962, with around 1,500 beds); Multi-sector clinics: Child-Family Health International Programs in Nutrition, Food Security, and Sustainable Agriculture in Kabale, Uganda; Rwanda for week-long immersion; Northern Uganda for rural homestays.


Cynthia Toms, PhD, serves as director of Westmont's Global Health Semester in Uganda. Having lived and worked at Uganda Christian University before joining the faculty of Westmont College, she instructs the pre/post immersion courses, advises students, and remains an active global health advocate and advisor for organizations working in Uganda, including Save the Mothers Uganda, Child Family Health International, and ChildVoice International.