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, contact Eric Rice.

Learn more about the experiences of the 2016 Intersession trip to Uganda on the trip blog, and view the 2016 course syllabus.