Immerse yourself in Vietnam for a three-week global health experience in partnership with Global Engagement Institute (GEI), followed by a faculty-led excursion in Thailand. This is an impactful, service-learning experience that will allow you to work hand in hand with Vietnamese local healthcare providers at the hospital or health center level. The first week consists of classroom instruction, cultural exposure, and practical workshops and excursions. Following this, participants engage in two weeks of service-learning activities at host institutions such as hospitals, community health centers, or NGOs.
The program particularly focuses on infection prevention and control (IPC) in healthcare settings and allows students to also learn about various important healthcare services within different communities, such as nutrition programs for mothers and children, health education and promotion, and community health workers and their role. Classroom instruction and immersion in the local culture is blended into service-learning activities where students work hand in hand with service providers at health facilities in urban and rural areas. Students learn about the challenges of implementing IPC protocols, assess public health risks, and explore, analyze, and discuss how to minimize public health risks in practice. Local students from Vietnamese universities and institutions are invited to join in this experience and this further contributes to an enriching cross-cultural learning environment. The program is set in Central Vietnam with its culturally and historically rich UNESCO World Heritage sites, Hue and Hoi An, the gateway city Danang, its pristine beaches, and the breathtaking Central Highlands. Following the three-week program in Vietnam, students will participate in an excursion in Thailand before returning to the U.S.