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Nursing and Health Perspectives in Kenya


Nairobi, Narok, Nyeri, Kenya

Program Description

International Heath: A Kenyan Perspective will provide nursing students an opportunity for learning and cultural enrichment in the beautiful and endearing country of Kenya. Students will work with the staff in various health clinics and hospitals in order to gain an understanding of the health care delivery system and specific health conditions that have an impact on the people and children. Students will have the opportunity to learn from nursing faculty of universities and schools of nursing and will work with Kenyan nursing students to provide health care. Opportunities for community service such as providing care in free clinics or participating in health screenings and health promotion activities for school age children will be offered.  

We will travel parts of the beautiful country meeting the people, learning about the culture and lifestyles and making friends. We will explore the beauty of the country and the magnificent wildlife which is unique and is a source of great pride for the country.

Location Description

This course will be taught in various locations in Kenya.  The learning opportunities will be diverse.  A variety of settings will be available to students.

Contact the program director for specifics.


Kathy Floyd | | Nursing
Cindy Rubenstein | | Nursing


Accommodations will be provided for through hotels, residence halls/dormitories, conference facilities, and host families, with all meals covered by the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

-Itinerary will be developed in the upcoming months.  All places of lodging will be identified and contact information will be available to all students and their families before departure
-Visa's will be required upon entry to the country
-Specific Immunizations will be required before departure. 
-Cell phones can be purchased for a nominal fee upon arrival in Kenya. It is a "pay as you go“ system.  International calls can be made for reasonable prices. 
-Swahili and English are the predominant languages in the country. While not required as much understanding of Swahili will be beneficial.

This program is intended for senior or graduate nursing students and juniors who have completed basin level nursing courses. RN-BSN students are also welcome.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Online Application Coming Soon

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


NSG 490: International Health: A Kenyan Perspective (4 credits)

NSG 531: International Health: A Kenyan Perspective (4 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.