USA Partners in Caring: Medicine in Kenya
Departure Date: May 15, 2020
Start Date: May 16, 2020
End Date: June 2, 2020
This course is a combination seminar / applied learning experience for pre-health professional students that provides an opportunity to learn about Kenyan culture and people while actively engaging in health-care service and education. During the Spring 2020 semester, students will participate in a weekly pre-departure seminar focused on Kenyan culture, geography, health care, and the epidemiology of prevalent disease in order to prepare for the ~two-week field course in Kenya in May 2020. Also included in the seminar will be practical training in medical assessment and logistical information for the field course. The 3 credit hour field course is based upon a long standing relationship with the rural area of Kasigau, Kenya. USA students will work with local Alabama physicians and other practitioners, along with the Taveta District Health Office, and conduct rural medical clinics in the impoverished villages of Kasigau during the field course. The overall goals for each students are: to help increase health promotion and disease prevention through sustainable, community-based work; to have a substantive international medical experience to gain an appreciation and understanding of Kenyan culture and epidemiological challenges facing and industrialized low and middle-income country; to gain a sense of social responsibility for all people; and increase their desire to work in global health in the future.
BMD 490: Special Topics - Partners in Caring : Medicine in Kenya (3 credit hours)
The cost of the USA Partners in Caring: Medicine in Kenya program is $2,859.00. Program costs include:
- Tuition for three (3) credit hours
- All program-related, in-country transportation
- All program-related housing: Shared occupancy in centrally located hotels/hostels (Single accommodations are available for an additional charge)
- All program-related excursions listed in the itinerary
- International health insurance & emergency assistance
- Airport pickup for those who arrive on the assigned day and time
- Daily breakfasts
- A welcome and departure meal in-country
See Summarized Cost and Payment Information: PiC MiK.pdf
***Please note: International airfare is not included in the price of the program. The Office of International Education will reserve and facilitate flights on behalf of all students who would like assistance. You should budget additional funds for international airfare, meals other than breakfasts and specified dinners, and personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel, based on individual spending habits.
Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase. Price may vary for graduate students.
Scholarships and Financial Aid:
The first 5 USA students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship of $500 for the program. Students must complete the "Study Abroad Conditional Scholarship" application in Jagspot.
Scholarships: Most students can apply their current financial aid (scholarships, grants, and/or loans) to the cost of the program. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all USA student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. Additional scholarships for study abroad are available, but unlike institutional scholarships, you need to seek out these opportunities. For a list of scholarship opportunities please visit:
https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/ie/studyabroad/scholarships.html and schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor.
Financial Aid Awards: If you are interested in applying for or reviewing your financial aid award to use towards this program, please contact Stephanie Roote (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.
Payment Schedule and Important Deadlines:
Space on this program is limited. You can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the online program application. Once accepted, you can confirm your place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350.
Application Deadline: January 10, 2020.
A program deposit of $350.00 is due when you confirm your place in the program. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program and must be made no later than the application deadline.
Final Payment Deadline: April 17, 2020
More information related to payments and deadlines is provided within your study abroad application: The Financial Agreement, IMPORTANT: Faculty-Led Program Deposit and Payment Information, and Summarized Cost and Payment Sheet.
Refunds for Program Fees: Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. After the application deadline, OIE will begin to pay program costs (housing, travel, booking, etc.) on your behalf. If an expense is incurred on your behalf, you will be responsible for paying any program-related expenses regardless of your participation in the program. All payments should be considered non-refundable and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.
Refunds for Program Deposits: $300 is refundable should you chose to withdraw from the program BEFORE the application deadline.
Should you chose to withdraw from the program AFTER the application deadline you must do so in writing to OIE and your deposit will not be refunded.
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Nancy Rice
Chair, Biomedical Sciences
You can book an advising appointment with a study abroad advisor at: