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An aerial photo of a town on the water in Ghana, with boats lined up on the beach.

Public Health in Ghana

Travel to Ghana for a hands-on, community driven experience covering social issues affecting women and children. You will collaborate with the Center for Learning and Childhood Development Ghana, a research-based, non-profit organization in Ghana.

Program travel dates are May 6 – 28, 2022

Program director
Kwame Sakyi, Ph.D. MSPH, Assistant professor of Public Health

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Where you will be

Students will stay at the University of Ghana International Students Hostel or other hostel in Accra, Ghana.

What you will do

Students will engage with caregivers to understand the living experiences of families in a low-middle income country. Visit historical and cultural sites to understand how colonialism, slavery, environmental conditions, and socio-economic factors influence health and development. Additional places to visit include Cape Coast Castle, Kakuum National Park, Makola Market, the Centre for National Culture and Bojo Beach.

You will also participate in a community-based, non-profit related project and visit a health facility or community clinic. Lectures will provide theoretical lenses to understand and critique issues and policies relating to health and development in Ghana.

What you will learn

Students will register for the Global Health and Social issues summer class PH 4750/5750. Those who take this class during the academic year and are interested in the field experience, will register for the course as an independent study student.

The study abroad practicum experience is for students interested in health and social issues, particularly among children in a low-income country. The program takes a public health approach, although designed to be multi-disciplinary, with a shared purpose of improving the well-being of children and their families.

You will explore contemporary social issues, problems, controversies, and potential solutions in global health, particularly in developing countries.

What to bring

Students will attend a pre-departure meeting and receive a list of items to bring.


The program is open to students in diverse backgrounds, including biology, neuroscience, nursing, wellness and pormotion, public health, pre-med, and pre-dental students. Students in sociology, social work, women’s studies, anthropology, psychology, and have an interest in health issues are welcome.


Public Health in Accra, Ghana

Number of credits: 4 (tuition not included in program cost)
Program cost: $5,600
Application deposit: $500 due by Dec. 10, 2021
Meals not included: $0
Excursions: included
Airfare: included
Books and supplies: included
Extra costs: passport, personal incidentals, additional out-of-pocket costs will be negotiable and minimal