Study Abroad

Cape Town (Summer)
Uganda (Intersession)

Cape Town Study Abroad Program (Summer)


The Cape Town program will not be running the summer of 2018. Please contact Lisa Folda with any questions about alternatives.

We are excited to offer JHU students a comprehensive public health study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa. The dates for the program are from early June through late July annually. The program is open to all majors. Students will take two public health courses at the University of Cape Town for 6 academic credits. Public health majors will receive credit for the applied experience requirement. For the participants’ perspective on this unique opportunity, please read the trip blog.

Public Health in South Africa Course (3 credits)
Taught by faculty from the University of Cape Town, HIV/AIDS Inclusivity and Change Unit (HAICU), the course covers the political climate, health care services, and the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Community-Based Learning Course (3 credits)
Three-day-per-week internship with local non-governmental organization (NGO) facilitated by JHU Public Health Studies Program Director and HAICU community liaison. Transportation to and from sites is provided.

Program Highlights

  • In addition to class time, each course includes local speakers and field trips that build on the content of the course, such as a township tour, a trip to Parliament, and local museums.
  • The program also includes excursions to local points of interest like Robben Island, Cape Point, as well as a weekend homestay.
  • Prior to departure, students participate in several meetings at Homewood that cover health, safety, culture, and other preparations relevant to the experience.
  • Students are housed in a residence hall on the UCT campus in Rondebosch; have access to gym, library, internet, and other UCT amenities; and are provided with the majority of their meals.

For more information, contact your PHS advisor.

Uganda Study Abroad Program (Intersession)


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.