Penn Global Seminar: Exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine




Any undergraduate student (juniors and seniors preferred)

Program Length

~ 10 days including travel time (Travel dates will be early January 2025)

Dates Offered

Fall 2024

Course Number

NURS 3430/5430

Course Director

Jianghong Liu, PhD, RN, FAAN
(215) 898-8293

Course Description

This course will be a broad overview on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a specific form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). The course will cover introductory principles on TCM theory, common therapies, and efficacy of this practice. The first component of the class will meet on-campus every other week through lectures, discussions, demonstrations with Penn professors and experienced TCM practitioners, and a local field trip in the Philadelphia area for clinical observation. The second part of the course, which is supported by Penn’s China Education Initiative, will involve international travel. We will travel to Shanghai, China this semester. There will be guest lectures by TCM professors and practitioners, clinical observations and immersive experiences.



Registration Details

  • Course counts as 1 CU
  • Counts as experiential course for global health minor
  • Fulfills the Society and Social Structures and Global and Culture Studies sectors in the School of Nursing


Letter grading

Finances/Program Costs

Course fee and expenses can be considered for financial aid formula (loans only)


  • Airfare
  • Lodging
  • Group transportation in China
  • Educational visits
  • All breakfasts (provided by hotel)
  • Lunches during educational days (provided by hospital)
  • Two group dinners
  • Group cultural activities
  • Transport to/from the hotel and airport


  • Any meals not covered by hotel or hospital
  • Individual expenses (such as local transportation, activities for individual interest, souvenirs, etc.)


This course is offered as a Penn Global Seminar. Applications open in early Spring. You may wish to join this mailing list to receive course updates, reminders, events, and notices regarding application deadlines.

Required Forms (provided after application is accepted)

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