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Summer: Rutgers- Global Health Practicum in Tanzania
Dodoma, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
Your Host City: Dodoma
Dodoma is the official capital city of Tanzania, and home to two major universities. Located in the center of the country, it is connected by a major highway to Dar es Salaam, the country's largest city and commercial center, which lies about 300 miles to the east. Dodoma has a population of just over 400,000 people, roughly a tenth of whom are university students.
The course is designed as an elective for Nursing students, but is open to students from other health professions. However, qualified applicants must be approved by the program director based on demonstrated interest in global health issues. Global Health (705:652) elective course and Epidemiology (705:698 or a similar course) are recommended.
A preliminary syllabus for 2017 will be available before the start of the spring semester.
This three-credit guided practicum experience is designed to introduce graduate and advanced undergraduate students in nursing and other health professions to health care delivery in a global setting. Accompanied by a standing faculty member in the School of Nursing, students will experience health care delivery in host country facilities, such as clinics and hospitals, and engage with professional health workers in both hospitals and community-based settings. Students will meet regularly with the course instructors for reflection on their course readings and field experiences.
Class meetings will begin during the second half of the spring semester, and will be comprised of 2-3 seminars leading up to the 12 day field experience in Tanzania, as well as a mandatory debriefing meeting upon return to the US.
A typical itinerary for the in-country portion of the program will include a daily session on the culture and health of the host country, along with a language class with an emphasis on health related vocabulary. Students will spend 3-4 hours daily in a clinical setting, such as a hospital or clinic, and each week ends with a seminar where students will reflect on their experiences. Weekends may include excursions to cultural sites, time with fellow students and opportunities to explore the local area.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
The program will feature opportunities for students to explore Tanzanian culture and wildlife on a two-day excursion to the country's northeastern game reserves. Students will be exposed to both the thrills and the serious threats to wildlife and environmental conservation.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in hotels in Arusha and Dodoma. Breakfasts will be included at all accommodations, and several group lunches and dinners will also be included during the group excursion in Arusha.
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.
For more information about study abroad finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers study abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.