Kenya: Interdisciplinary Program on Public Health, Politics, Culture and Swahili – CLOSED

Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 6 - June 9, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Prof. Richard Wamai (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Session: 

Friday, November 1st 206 Lake Hall 6-8pm

Term: Summer I


  • AFRS2900 Politics, Culture and Swahili in Kenya
  • AFRS4939 Community Health and Development in Kenya

Description: The Kenya Dialogue is a highly interactive experience immersing students in public/community health and development, culture and politics in local urban and rural communities in different parts of the country through field visits, stays, sharing and continuous exposure in the course of the program. The program engages local guest speakers and institutional visits that are key actors in their fields in health, politics and culture. Students with have an opportunity to develop participatory skills in community problem-based models through these interactions, Swahili language instruction, individual research and experiential learning.

For more information: Contact Prof. Wamai,, Tel. 617-373-4130


AFRS4939 Community Health and Development in Kenya

This course introduces students to the public/community health and development arena in Kenya. Through experiential learning involving research and action, the course will expose and sensitize students to the global and local on community health and development. Students will be helped to gain hands-on experiences in some of the major determinants and solutions to disease and poverty by interacting with community stake-holders and organizations in a variety of formal instruction, and through visits to, and dialoguing with, projects run by community-based organizations and NGOs.

AFRS2900 Politics, Culture and Swahili in Kenya

The course aims to introduce and immerse students in Kenyan African politics, culture and the Swahili language and their impact on the every-day life of the local population. Students will engage in and learn about the major issues that characterize every-day life in rural and urban settings, and use of Swahili as the national language in a context of varied indigenous languages and cultural dynamics.


Host University

The School of Public Health, formerly the Department of Community Health was established in 2010. It is constituent in the College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi. The School trains high level health care human resource, provides services and conducts research in public health. A leading School in the East, Central and Southern Africa, the main tasks of the School include: providing specialized training high level health care human resource, and conducting research in public health and policy development, health systems management, health economics, analysis of epidemiological, behavioral, clinical and managerial aspects of health problems as well as the development of skills needed to provide appropriate solutions for public health problems.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Participants in this Program will have a prior exposure, interest or experience in Africa such as taking a class in African studies, public health, Swahili, development, international affairs, or any other relevant exposure.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


Students will be housed in a combination of modest self-contained and fully furnished apartments and hotels in the various locations.


The program will be primarily based in Nairobi with shorter stays in four other locations as well as day trips to multiple others.