March 13, 2019

Overview

Take advantage of an opportunity of a lifetime! This Global Health Study abroad program provides you with a chance to explore one of the most populous countries in the world’s health systems and learn the successes and challenges from firsthand experience. The structure of the program will most benefit those students seeking to continue their studies in graduate or medical school programs. The teaching and research approach will follow those used in graduate school; project expectations are designed to serve as supplemental materials in medical and graduate school application packages. For this reason, you must be a highly motivated and competitive student to participate in this program. FIU undergraduates that wish to participate must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; these are typical minimums to be considered for academically rigorous graduate and medical schools. [Students with lower GPAs will be considered on a case by case basis].

This course is designed to ensure that students not only gain relevant research experience, but fulfill key requirements of their degree. Students that participate in the Global Health Study Abroad Program will be registered for special course sections of CLP 4314: Health and Illness (FIU required Global Learning Course), PSY 4931: Senior Seminar in Global Health (required capstone course for Psychology majors; upper division elective for others), and PSY 4941: Independent Field Experiences in Psychology (upper division elective).

So what will you be doing as a program participant?
During your time in Mysore you will have the opportunity to observe the multifaceted response to a variety of healthcare issues in both rural and urban clinics, public health non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and hospitals. You will also gain hands on field experience by helping health practitioners and academics conducting research. Finally, you will develop a research project that draws upon your emerging international perspectives and experiences that will be relevant to your chosen graduate or medical school areas of interest.

Study abroad in Mysore and you will have the opportunity to:

– Observe/shadow in local healthcare service providers and organizations
– Study with local public health experts and university researchers in specially designed interdisciplinary courses
– Learn about health care in global contexts through field experience guided by FIU and regional health practitioners and academics
– Enhance your academic and fieldwork experience portfolio with the development of a global focused research project

 

This is the best way to enhance your psychology experience at FIU- you get a unique experience with academic and fieldwork. My research project examining ADHD in India will definitely help me achieve my goal to enter graduate school, and contribute to improving global health knowledge

Geraldine Cadet, 2017 Global Health Research Program Fellow & Ronald E. McNair Scholar

 

COURSEWORK
During engaging seminar style classes, you’ll learn about a host of health psychology concepts, from cognitive development to issues of gender and human rights in the health care system. In addition, you’ll study with faculty who are also fulltime practitioners/ researchers in the field, conducting research on a wide range of fields related to global health.

FIELDWORK
You will get hands-on experience during the field work component of the program. Your off-site research will give you experience with different demographics. You might work with a mobile health unit in rural communities, observe the distribution of health services in an urban hospital, or spend time shadowing traditional healers or yogis. Through these activities you’ll come to better understand the health disparities that impact health in India.

EXCURSIONS
Enjoy day and weekend excursions to points of interest in and around Mysore. You’ll take part in many cultural activities that not only give you the opportunity to see key cultural sites, but to also see parts of the region that most tourists don’t experience