Each Fall Semester Uganda: Global Health
Bring your mind and hands to Africa. Study in Uganda and develop skills through global health programs.
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. 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. Global Health Semester, embedded in the local Ugandan context, allows 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 at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, 15 miles outside of Kampala.
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.
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.
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.
Applications available soon for Fall 2019
On Westmont Campus Spring 2018.
This 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.
August modular course taught in Uganda.
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.
Course 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.
Satisfies GE Communicating Cross-Culturally requirement.
Required on-site course.
- 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 Reading Imaginative Literature: African Literature (3 units)
- GE Thinking Historically: East African History from 1800 to Independence (3 Units)
- GE Understanding Society: East African Politics since Independence (3 Units)
- GE Performing or Interpreting the Arts: Community Art in Uganda
- GE Modern Language:
- Luganda I (3 units)
- Luganda I & II (6 units) - (can fit in one semester)
- Kiswahili I (3 units)
- Kiswahili I & II (6 units) - (can fit in one semester
- GE Thinking Globally:
- History & Culture of Africa
- Religions in Contemporary Uganda (3 Units)
- Understanding World views
- Understanding Ethics (3 units) - Elective Credit
- Health & Wholeness (3 units) - Elective Credit
On Westmont Campus Spring 2019.
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.
Professor Toms 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.