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International Health: A Tanzanian Perspective

Location

Arusha, Mwanza, Shirati, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Program Description

This program will provide undergraduate, and graduate nursing students an opportunity for learning, clinical experiences and cultural enrichment in the vistas of Tanzania. Students will learn through active participation and engagement as they work in various health clinics and hospitals to gain an understanding of the health care delivery system and health conditions of populations in Tanzania.

Students will have the opportunity to learn from faculty at various schools of nursing and will work collaboratively with Tanzanian nursing students to provide health care. Community service will be emphasized as students will plan and participate in activities such as health screening programs, project planning, and clinics. Students will experience the culture of this country by visiting homes, education centers, museums, parks and natural resources of Tanzania. We will also explore the magnificent wildlife that is unique to Tanzania.

Location Description

The Tanzanian program will be based in the northern and lake regions of Tanzania. This will include sites at Arusha near Kilimanjaro, Mwanza located at Lake Victoria, and Shirati in the remote bush area of northern Tanzania. An excursion through the Serengeti in route back to Arusha will allow students to view the wildlife in this area. A visit to the culturally rich site of Stone Town in Zanzibar, Tanzania will conclude the trip.

Director

Andrea Knopp | knoppaf@jmu.edu | Nursing

Sharon Strang Zook | strangsl@jmu.edu | Nursing

Betsy Herron | herronek@jmu.edu | Nursing

Accommodations

Accommodations will be provided in guest houses and dormitory style living provided by health clinics in the areas where we are working. On selected nights we will stay in dormitories/hotel in Mwanza and Zanzibar. Students will share double and triple rooms. Transportation will be provided by a private travel company and will be pre-arranged by program director(s).

All meals will be provided and the cost will be included in the program fees. The student is not expected to provide any of their own meals during the trip. Bottled water will be provided in areas where the water is not considered consumable.

Additional Items to Consider

Visas are required for entry and working in Tanzania (2 separate Visas) and will be included in program fee.

Certain immunizations will be recommended and discussed with the students during the planning meetings.

Malarial prophylaxis is required for travel to this country.

Instructors will have cell phones that will work in Tanzania for students to use for communication.

Applicant Criteria

Students must be enrolled in the JMU Nursing program and be in good standing

Undergraduates: successfully completed first semester nursing courses (health assessment, foundations, etc) 
Graduate students: completed first year of graduate work

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 
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • 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. 

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Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

NSG 490: Special Studies in Nursing - International health: A Tanzanian Perspective (4 credits)

NSG 531: International Health: A Tanzanian 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.

Cost

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