Study Abroad

Uganda Study Abroad Program (Intersession)

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Explore the health and education programs serving Ugandan children through this intersession abroad course. JHU students are paired with students from Uganda’s Makerere University for a unique peer-to-peer learning experience. Students learn about the strengths and challenges of urban and rural child health and education initiatives in Uganda. After an orientation in Kampala, students spend a week in a homestay near the Rakai Health Sciences Program, where they focus on health and education in rural Uganda; then they spend time in an urban setting in Kampala, the country’s capital, for hospital and school tours, guest lectures, and student-driven site visits. The course also incorporates a safari experience.

This class fulfills the Applied Experience requirement for public health studies majors.

Program Highlights

  • Extensive peer-to-peer engagement between Ugandan and American undergraduate students
  • Regular group reflections connecting education and health
  • Special guest lectures on child health and education at Makerere University
  • Site visits to maternity wards and pediatric wards of public/private hospitals/clinics in urban and rural areas
  • Site visits to urban and rural government schools and private schools
  • Engagement with practitioners and researchers involved in urban and rural safe delivery programs and newborn health programs
  • Student-driven exploratory visits to youth initiatives (e.g., orphanages, child feeding programs, preschools, school-based health education initiatives)
  • Urban service-learning project in Kampala at Remand Home for Adjudicated Youth
  • 5-night rural village homestay
  • 5-day rural education and health service learning project
  • Safari

For more information about the program, visit the Study Abroad website.