Short Term & Independent Programs
Botswana: Community Health
Students enrolled in NURS 380: Community Nursing during the summer term may submit an application to complete their Community Heath clinical rotation in Gaborone, Botswana. This clinical setting provides an unparalleled dimension to the usual community clinical experience.
Supervised by an American nurse and partnering with nursing student peers at the University of Botswana, students have regularly-scheduled and supervised clinical practice in government community health clinics. The clinical sites focus on tuberculosis/AIDS (Clinic of Princess Marina Hospital), women’s health (Clinic at Princess Marina Hospital), children (Baylor Clinical Center of Excellence), hospice (Holy Cross), and home care (Otse Community Home Base Care Facility).
Students participating in the Community Health Clinical in Botswana write clinical logs, conduct a home-based care project and present their findings, and write reports on cultural aspects of care and how health care policy is carried out in Botswana communities. Students are expected to discuss their findings on cultural and policy aspects of care with their peers in Philadelphia for comparative analysis. This unique experience provides students with the opportunity to experience an aspect of global nursing, a concept that is stressed heavily in the didactic component of the course.
Nancy Biller, MA, MPH
France: N298-003 Independent Study in Paris
NURS 298-003: Independent study in Paris, France is an opportunity to obtain an immersion experience that combines independent travel with the safety and security of public health study arranged through the Global Health Affairs office at Penn Nursing with MICEFA, a trusted local organization in Paris. French language skills are highly recommended and may be required.
Nancy Biller, MA, MPH
Guatemala: Maternal and Infant Care in the Americas
NURS 545: Maternal and Infant Care in the Americas is a clinical elective that provides an intensive historical, sociopolitical, and cultural perspective of health and health care delivery in the Americas with a special emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. Classroom, direct clinical care, and field experiences are designed to provide students with a broad view of the history and culture system of the country of focus.
The delivery of health care to women and children is explored from a sociopolitical, cultural, clinical, and historical context. Service learning experiences are an integral component of this course. The course includes five seminars on campus and 10-14 days on-site in the country of focus. Fieldwork in Latin America is offered following the end of the spring semester and before the beginning of Summer Session I after the junior or senior year. The country of focus may vary each semester. Knowledge of the Spanish language is preferred, but not required. Upon completion of the program, students receive one-course unit for completion of Nursing 545 (to fulfill their Nursing Elective).
Mamie Guidera, CNM, MSN
Hong Kong: Comparative Health Systems
The study abroad experience at the University of Hong Kong is offered to undergraduate and graduate nursing students following the end of the spring semester and before the beginning of Summer Session I after their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Students must enroll in NURS 535: Comparative Health Systems: Hong Kong during the spring semester before their summer experience in Hong Kong.
Throughout the spring semester, students attend a series of seminars preparing them for study in Hong Kong, including an email exchange with a nurse in Hong Kong. This course provides a comparative view of aging, public health, and allopathic, traditional and complementary treatment in Hong Kong, SAR (Special Administrative Region) China and the United States within a nursing and collaborative interdisciplinary perspective.
During the three-week summer program, students participate in a number of fieldwork experiences designed to give them an overview of the Hong Kong Health System within the focus of the course. Upon completion of the program, students receive one-course unit for completion of NURS 535 (to fulfill their Nursing Elective).
Sarah Kagan, PhD, FAAN, RN
India: Community Health and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
NURS 535: Comparative Health Systems: India is an elective course open to rising seniors, second-degree students, and graduate students in the School of Nursing. The course consists of five 3-hour seminars during Spring Semester, followed by two to three weeks in India from mid-August to early September (between Summer Session and Fall Semester). An orientation to the course is held in early November. Written applications are due and students notified of results generally by or soon after Thanksgiving. There is a course fee that covers housing, travel, and fees to host agencies; the amount varies somewhat each year.
The seminars introduce students to the history, geography, culture, religions, and health care systems of India, as well as to primary health care (versus primary care) and nursing’s roles in it. The field portion of the course takes place in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It is an observational experience, with a focus upon nursing’s roles in community health and in mental health-psychiatric care.
Our host partners provide exemplary models of care in these areas of nursing practice. We accompany the Christian Medical College’s College of Nursing’s faculty and students as they provide care in nurse-managed clinics in rural villages and in-patient care for families of children and adults with psychiatric disturbances. We also see the operational roll-out of an exciting applied research program run by the IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health with which Penn School of Nursing partners to develop a nurse specialist role in collaboration with community health workers in rural villages.
Marjorie Muecke, PhD, RN, FAAN
Mexico: N298-001 Independent Study in Oaxaca
NURS 298-001: Independent study in Oaxaca, Mexico is an opportunity to obtain an immersion experience that combines independent travel with the safety and security of Spanish language study and community health engagement arranged through the Global Health Affairs office at Penn Nursing with trusted local organizations in Oaxaca.
Students selecting this course should be flexible and confident with independent travel and should have the equivalent of two years of university level Spanish.
Nancy Biller, MA, MPH
Spain: Comparative Health Systems
NURS 535: Comparing Health Systems in an Intercultural Context: Spain provides students the opportunity to explore the Spanish health care system with a focus on maternal and child health. While the course seminar is registered for and taught during the spring semester prior to traveling abroad, fieldwork is offered in Spain following the end of the spring semester and before the beginning of Summer Session I after the sophomore or junior year.
The course provides an intensive historical, sociopolitical, and cultural perspective on health and health care delivery in Spain. Classroom and fieldwork experiences are designed to provide students with a broad view of Spain’s history and culture. While in Spain, students spend 2 weeks exploring the health care system.
Upon completion of the program, students receive a one-course unit for completion of Nursing 535 (to fulfill their Nursing Elective). Knowledge of Spanish is required to apply for this program.
Eileen Lake, PhD, RN, FAAN
Thailand: Comparative Health Systems
This fieldwork study abroad program in Thailand is offered to students taking NURS 535: Comparing Health Care Systems in an Intercultural Context: Study Abroad, which is taught during the spring semester prior to traveling abroad. Fieldwork based in Bangkok at the Mahidol University School of Nursing is offered following the end of the spring semester and before the beginning of Summer Session I.
The course provides an intensive historical, sociopolitical, and cultural perspective on health and health care delivery in Thailand. Classroom and fieldwork experiences are designed to provide students with a broad view of Thailand’s history and culture. While in Thailand, students will spend 2-3 weeks exploring the health care system. Knowledge of the Thai language is not required in order to apply for the program, although informal self-instruction in Thai is encouraged.
Wendy Grube, PhD, CRNP
Global Independent Study: N298 - Location and activity of your choice
NURS 298-00X: Global Independent Study: in addition to current options in France and Mexico, students who make appropriate connections, and have the necessary skills to engage in well-defined activities for a minimum of four weeks may be able to request credit for an independent study.
Independent study must be arranged and approved by Global Health Affairs at least two months before the study begins.
Nancy Biller, MA, MPH