Michigan State University (MSU) has a long history of international engagement and has led the nation in study abroad participation among public universities for the last six years. MSU's Office for Education Abroad administers over 275 programs taking place in more than 60 countries around the world. Each year, close to 3,000 students are transformed by their educational experiences outside of the United States and can be found in classrooms, research labs, field stations, and internships sites throughout the world.
This is made possible due to the hard work of a large number of dedicated faculty who invest an incredible amount of their energy to share their international education passion with our students. MSU's international partners are also key to our students' success. The Office for Education Abroad's experienced staff is available to support, assist and guide MSU faculty, staff, students, and advisors, as well as our colleagues from across the globe, in developing programs and services that maximize a student's learning experience abroad. As MSU expands its international reach, the Office for Education Abroad stands committed to help our institution become a "world-grant" university by offering study abroad programs that focus on quality, diversity, and accessibility.
Public Health in Ghana: A One Health Perspective
This three-week program, led by Connie Currier, DrPH, MPH, combines classroom lectures and field practice with an exploration of quantitative and qualitative research methods for assessing community health in Ghana. Students enroll in HM 847/892 Public Health in Ghana: A One Health Perspective for five credits. While Public Health in Ghana is targeted to graduate public health students, it is open to undergraduate students from ALL majors following a selective application process. Public Health in Ghana offers lectures about Ghana's historical, social, political, economic and cultural environment to provide a context for understanding the interaction of human health, animal health and the environment in Ghana. Students will spend the first week attending lectures in Accra and then move to the town of Larteh, Eastern Region for the community engagement experience. Evaluation of students' work will include journaling, individual reflections, participation in needs assessment, and a final report/poster presentation.
Public Health in Ghana as an Applied Practice Experience (Public Health Practicum)
MPH students may utilize the Public Health in Ghana program as their Applied Practice Experience (Public Health Practicum) with approval by the HM 892 course instructor. Any student admitted prior to spring semester of 2019 will have to enroll in HM 891 the semester prior. An MPH student should contact their academic advisor for more information.
MPH students who are using the Public Health in Ghana experience as their practicum are eligible to apply for the MPH Practicum Travel Fellowship to help support the cost of the trip.
MPH Practicum Travel Fellowship Instructions
MPH Practicum Travel Fellowship Application
MPH Practicum Travel Fellowship Budget Template
Video: A slideshow of photos from the Public Health in Ghana: Methods for Community Practice course. The video is set to music with no words.
Visit the Office for Education Abroad website for a program description, application requirements, cost analysis, and to apply.