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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Type(s): Hostel/Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Home Campus: Non-U of U, U of U: Utah Campus
Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Graduate U of U, Undergraduate U of U Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Language Prerequisite: Advanced English Language Fluency, No Host Language Click here for a definition of this term Badge Opportunities: Career Development, Community Engagement, Research Experience
Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility: Course Prerequisite(s), Good Academic & Judicial Standing, Minimum Age: 18 Click here for a definition of this term Pre-departure Requirements: Learning Abroad 101, Pre-Departure Orientation, Participation Requirements for Learning Abroad, Post-Decision Health Assessment, Pre & Post Commitments
Program Description:

Ghana + Paris


Like other regions of Africa, Ghana suffers from disease, poverty, and other pressing social issues. While in Kumasi, students will be able to observe and participate hands-on in functioning, effective projects that have been successfully implemented and are positively changing health conditions in West Africa. Field work and activities will take place in Kumasi and surrounding villages. 

The research site is a cohort of approximately 22,000 people in 20 rural villages approximately 25 kilometers from Kumasi, Ghana. These villages are part of an ongoing collaborative effort between Ghanaian and U.S. researchers to promote health in rural Ghana. The group of researchers, in collaboration with local village leaders, are working together to address pressing health issues including those associated with malaria, maternal health and child mortality.

Students will be able to participate in research projects that evaluate different aspects of health in the villages. Students will learn about current global health issues including infectious diseases, general dietary practices, water and sanitation, and access to health care. Students will be working with Ghanaian students and faculty from our partnering University, the Kwame Nkruma University of Science and Technology (KNUST). They will also have the opportunity to interact directly with village members by participating in field work programs that focus on community health and  development.

For maximum benefit from the program, it is strongly recommended that they enroll in a global health course (PBHLT 6530 for graduate students/PBHLT 5530 for undergraduate students) during the Spring semester. For maximum benefit from the program, it is strongly recommended that they enroll in the Preparation for Global Health Service and Learning course taught by Dr. Ty Dickerson (MDID 6510 for medical students/PED 6510 for graduate students/PED 5510 for undergraduate students) during the Spring semester. A self-study guide is also available. 

Learn more about this program by clicking “homepage” at the top of this brochure.


  • Available credit(s): 4
  • Applicants are required to enroll in the program course (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Click on the Courses Offered link above for more information, including prerequisites


  • Possible excursions may include:
    • Wildlife reserve
    • Cape Coast
    • Tour of slave castles
    • Rainforests


In addition to taking classes, students enrich their time abroad by participating in Learning Abroad Badge opportunities such as, Career Development, Language Immersion, Research Experience, and Community Engagement:
Badge Opportunities
The Learning Abroad Badges listed in the Fact Sheet above are included in this program. Some programs offer opportunities to earn additional Learning Abroad Badges through independent options.  Students interested in earning multiple Learning Abroad Badges can participate in the Global U Program and receive special recognition at graduation.

This program automatically earns the Career Development, Community Engagement, and Research Experience Badges:
  • Career Development:
    • Students interact with local health care professionals and community leaders to understand how infrastructure and culture impact the health care system in the host country.  Through networking and firsthand experience, they look at health care systems, health care delivery, and prevention in a comparative context.  This experience will provide valuable insights that can be highlighted on resumes and during job interviews.
  • Community Engagement:
    • Students work with local leaders to assess a variety of public health concerns and issues.  A collaborative approach to problem solving is utilized to address educational, infrastructural, cultural, and economic issues that impact community health.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with local leaders and learn unique ways of addressing common challenges.
  • Research Experience:
    • Students participate in community driven research initiatives geared toward understanding and improving public health in local communities.  They will collect and analyze data, and create a formal report explaining the results of their research.  The final report is shared with the community to assist in public health initiatives.  The report could serve as a poster session abstract or the foundation of a conference presentation.


  • Ty Dickerson , M.D., MPH, FAAP
    • Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Inpatient Pediatrics
    • Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Global Health Education
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Public Health
  • Scott Benson, M.D., Ph.D., MPH
    • Assistant Professor
    • Division of Public Health, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
  • Pamela Lyon


  • See Housing Type(s) above
  • Participants are required to use the program housing facilities
  • Housing is included in the program cost



The Learning Abroad Handbook outlines the University of Utah's eligibility requirements, financial policies, conduct standards, administrative procedures, academic expectations, as well as visa and passport guidelines for Learning Abroad Programs. ALL participants are subject to the rules and regulations in the Learning Abroad Handbook. It is every participant's responsibility to read the Learning Abroad Handbook and contact Learning Abroad with any questions.

Program Ratings:
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Level of cultural immersion:
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Program Reviews:
REBECCA PIPKIN, Summer 2018 Participant
This is an amazing experience with a good mixture of research, studying, mixing with locals and mixing with fellow students.

Summer 2018 Participant
Overall, a wonderful learning opportunity!

AMY BALLARD, Summer 2018 Participant
This program was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had in my life. I can't imagine not having completed this program. Getting to know the Ghanaian people and to experience even a sliver of their beautiful country and culture was priceless.

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