This short-term faculty-led Dialogue of Civilizations course will explore health care systems, services, education, and training in Ghana, West Africa. Students will explore Ghana’s medical facilities, services, training, and policy affecting prenatal care, women's, chronic and communicable diseases, traditional medicine, health issues, policy, etc. Students will explore preventative, immediate, and remedial care and other issues of health care delivery and challenges in Ghana.

Students in this course will visit hospitals, clinics, schools, and other agencies and institutions that play a role in the delivery of health care services in Ghana. We will visit three major cities in Ghana: Accra, Cape Coast, and Kumasi to visit institutions that address the various modes through which health care services and training are provided. Northeastern students will engage in service-learning activities that assist with service delivery, facility upkeep, and educating constituents on healthy behavior. Students will examine their own notions of health care in developing countries in pre- and post-learning statements, through reflection in daily journals, and through compilation of a portfolio of their experiences in the dialogue.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2018
  • Application Deadline: December 3, 2018
  • Application Extension Deadline: January 15, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime before the final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

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

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: This program requires that students make sure they are hydrated through the trip. Students should also make sure that they bring enough mosquito repellent to last throughout the trip. On a few occasions there are lengthy bus rides between cities, about four hours each time.

Courses

Students in this course will visit hospitals, clinics, schools, and other agencies and institutions that play a role in the delivery of health care services in Ghana. We will visit three major cities in Ghana: Accra, Cape Coast, and Kumasi to visit institutions that address the various modes through which health care services and training are provided. Northeastern students will engage in service-learning activities that assist with service delivery, facility upkeep, and educating constituents on healthy behavior. Students will examine their own notions of health care in developing countries in pre- and post-learning statements, through reflection in daily journals, and through compilation of a portfolio of their experiences in the dialogue.

This Dialogue will enhance participants’ educational path by requiring that they: (1) examine and learn about Ghanaian health care systems and services; (2) explore issues related to the delivery of health care services, training, and education in a developing country; (3) grasp the challenges of providing current-day medical services in lieu of traditional medicine; (4) examine the similarities and differences in the delivery of health care services of Ghana and those of the United States; (5) witness the cultural influences on Ghanaian health care delivery; (6) gain an understanding of the impact of communicable and chronic diseases on Ghanaian citizenry; (7) engage in meaningful and effective interaction with Ghanaian health care service delivery personnel; (8) identify and discuss current and relevant research in health services and their delivery in Ghana; and (9) reflect deeply on their educational and service-learning experiences in Ghana.

This Dialogue will enhance participants’ cultural competency by exposing them to international perspectives in health care, health systems, and health education, particularly as it relates to Ghana. Students will witness a country whose healthcare involves the use of current medical practices and traditional medicine. Students gain cultural competency in understanding how culture influences attitudes toward health care choices. They will receive lectures on how the country of Ghana is challenged to, in some cases, see how culture can impact the utilization of contemporary healthcare options.

  • CAEP 2010 - Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology in a Global Context: Health Systems, Services, and Education in Ghana : This course explores Ghanaian college student health and wellbeing. It utilizes the six dimensions of wellness as a framework for examining how Ghanaian institutions of higher education provide health services to their students. Students in the course will explore student development and higher education administration in terms of health and wellness. They will also engage in a comparative analysis of college student health and well-being to that of students in US institutions of higher education. This course involves students visiting medical and mental health campus facilities on Ghanaian campuses. They will interact with college students on the campuses of the University of Ghana, Cape Coast University, and Kwame Nkrumah University as well as those attending medical schools and medical training institutions. Students will work in groups to create models of Ghanaian college student health and well-being based on current themes of practice, lectures, Ghanaian culture. This course includes service-learning activities which “students engage in hands-on service roles and projects by which they learn about and apply course concepts while intentionally addressing the needs/interests identified by our community partners. Learning Outcomes of Service-Learning for Dialogue of Civilization to Ghana: Identify skills that participants can use to contribute to or engage in throughout their experiences while in Ghana. Analyze one or more social issues through the lens of health care in Ghana. Identify community needs being addressed by students participating in the Dialogue. Integrate the relationship between course concepts and students’ learning experiences. Demonstrate critical reflection of service through guided activities of the Dialogue. Dialogue to Ghana: Health Care, Health Services, and Health Systems in Ghana Service-learning Activities Pre-departure Husky Starter Fund collection site to raise money for medical supplies for rural medical facilities and computers. Collect medical supplies for clinics in Ghana. Collect books and soccer equipment for schools and orphanages. In-country Paint school/orphanage facilities. Build a reception area shed for a rural clinic. Encourage patient utilization of rural health care facilities. Other activities as planned or unplanned.
  • CAEP 2020 - International Perspectives on Student Services and Higher Education Administration: College Student Health and Wellbeing in Ghana : This course explores Ghanaian college student health and wellbeing. It utilizes the six dimensions of wellness as a framework for examining how Ghanaian institutions of higher education provide health services to their students. Students in the course will explore student development and higher education administration in terms of health and wellness. They will also engage in a comparative analysis of college student health and well-being to that of students in US institutions of higher education. This course involves students visiting medical and mental health campus facilities on Ghanaian campuses. They will interact with college students on the campuses of the University of Ghana, Cape Coast University, and Kwame Nkrumah University as well as those attending medical schools and medical training institutions. Students will work in groups to create models of Ghanaian college student health and well-being based on current themes of practice, lectures, Ghanaian culture. This course includes service-learning activities which “students engage in hands-on service roles and projects by which they learn about and apply course concepts while intentionally addressing the needs/interests identified by our community partners. Learning Outcomes of Service-Learning for Dialogue of Civilization to Ghana: Identify skills that participants can use to contribute to or engage in throughout their experiences while in Ghana. Analyze one or more social issues through the lens of health care in Ghana. Identify community needs being addressed by students participating in the Dialogue. Integrate the relationship between course concepts and students’ learning experiences. Demonstrate critical reflection of service through guided activities of the Dialogue. Dialogue to Ghana: Health Care, Health Services, and Health Systems in Ghana Service-learning Activities Pre-departure Husky Starter Fund collection site to raise money for medical supplies for rural medical facilities and computers. Collect medical supplies for clinics in Ghana. Collect books and soccer equipment for schools and orphanages. In-country Paint school/orphanage facilities. Build a reception area shed for a rural clinic. Encourage patient utilization of rural health care facilities. Other activities as planned or unplanned.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: Summer term tuition as published by Northeastern
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $3,000
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and some group meals)

Additional Expense - Meals and Incidentals: $325-485
  • Students should anticipate spending this estimated amount during the program for meals and incidentals.

    If necessary, students may incur additional fees for visa costs and travel to consulates or embassies to obtain the visa. If you have questions about costs you may incur while participating in this program, please ask your GEO advisor.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
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Destination

Ghana, a nation on West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, is known for its diverse wildlife, old forts, and secluded beaches, such as at Busua. Coastal towns Elmina and Cape Coast contain posubans (native shrines), colonial buildings and castles-turned-museums that serve as testimonials to the slave trade. North of Cape Coast, vast Kakum National Park has a treetop-canopy walkway over the rain forest.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Ghana here. Please review this information before applying.

Accommodations

  • University Housing: Faculty, staff, and students will reside at university guesthouses (University of Ghana, Cape Coast University, Engineering Guest House of Kwame Nkrumah University). These guesthouses provide double rooms, refrigerators, air conditioning, laundry services (for a fee), breakfast, meeting areas, and a daily change of bedding. To the best of their abilities, these guesthouses provide WiFi.
  • Hotel: Students will stay at a hotel in Winneba, Ghana only.

Host University or Organization

This Dialogue has an in-country coordinator who travels with participants. In-Country Coordinator: Edward Mudashiru. Edward also has one assistant that accompanies participants to all programs, lectures, and services. There are also in-city coordinators for each city that we reside during the trip. These coordinators also accompany participants to activities in their particular cities. These coordinators serve to help persons on the Dialogue navigate the cultural norms of Ghana, identify and utilize any necessary services such as purchasing food, etc. They also help to resolve any unexpected needs of Dialogue participants. Faculty, staff and students travel in a bus throughout the Dialogue so no other forms of transportation are needed. The bus provides water and other amenities.

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