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Australia: International Health Perspectives


Alice Springs, Australia

Program Description

This program will focus on culture, healthcare and chronic illness and experiencing the culture of Australia. Students will complete community assessments of Alice Springs and Sydney to compare population data, health data, social determinants of health and access to healthcare to identify community strengths and challenges related to meeting population needs. Beginning in Sydney, in addition to studying, students will experience Australian culture while visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Opera House and possibly visiting world-renown Bondi Beach. Once in Alice Springs, specific activities include an Aboriginal bush medicine walk and cultural fire as well as presentations on remote health and access to care. Cultural excursions in Alice Springs includes visiting the Alice Springs Desert Park, hiking Kings Canyon and exploring Uluru and learning its dreaming story.

Location Description

Australia: International Health Perspectives will operate in conjunction with Flinders University. The program will spend a significant amount of time in rural Alice Springs which is located in the desert and is close to excursion sites such as Uluru and Kings Canyon, which students find magnificent. In addition, the program will spend time in Sydney, Adelaide or other cities, exploring healthcare and visiting cultural sites.


Jamie Lee | | Nursing


Accommodations will be provided through residence halls/dormitories, with several lunches or dinner provided through the week.

Additional Items to Consider

This program is open to all health professions, and targeted to sophomores and juniors.

Students open to appreciating cultural differences and respecting new cultures enjoy this program.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • JMU Short-Term Application Form

  • A supplemental essay addressing the following question:

    "Describe what you hope to learn from an international health program and what you have to offer to the program."

  • Submit a Resume / CV / Portfolio

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 3.0.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


NSG 490: Special Topics: Australia - International Health Perspectives (6 credits)