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Study Abroad/Global Education

Global Health Practicum

Maymester 2015

View students' experience from the Winter 2014 program in Nepal!​

Expansion in global communication, travel and trade has increased the ​need for clinical and public health professionals who understand health issues that transcend national and continental borders. 

Nepal is rich in culture, but challenged by a wide and varied range of complex health issues. Most Nepali people live in remote villages that are difficult to reach and lack public health services. As a result of these challenges, the people of Nepal experience several major health issues, such malaria, HIV and complex reproductive health issues including the highest rate of uterine prolapse in the world. These issues provide a rich opportunity for research, community engagement and program development. 

This course will provide an elective intensive course that will give students first hand experience in a diverse setting that is poised for program development and partnerships with Western students. 

Nursing and Public Health students are encouraged to apply.


 Faculty Spolight: Pamela Prag


 Q & A with Pamela Prag


 Did you study abroad as a student?

Yes, when I was completing my MPH, I worked in Zambia as a research assistant on a Gates Foundation grant that was testing an intervention to address the tremendously high maternal mortality rate secondary to postpartum hemorrhage.​


 Why should Nursing students go abroad?

I believe ANY student would benefit from experiences gained in the developing world.  It provides not only perspective that gives a strong balance to our educational process, but allows students to gain invaluable experiences that simply are unique to traveling internationally.​


 Why did you choose Nepal for your program?

Well, actually, Nepal chose our University.  We were asked by a college of nursing to develop a partnership which involves an ongoing exchange of learning opportunities for their program and ours.  It is the best way, I believe, to build a sustainable program as we are being invited to participate with what they see as learning goals.​


 What excites you about the subject matter of Health in Nepal?

I find it so exciting to be a part of something that impacts the lives of women directly and especially the lives of those on the margins.  We are meeting with women who have undergone a surgical intervention to learn how and if it has impacted their lives in a meaningful way.  It gives a platform not only for data collection, but for them to be allowed to share their story in a safe and respectful place.​


 What do you expect students will learn from your course?

They will experience opportunities to partner with Nepali students in making home visits to meet with patients who have rich and diverse stories to tell.  They will experience life in Nepal in a very personal way, walking the same paths and riding the same buses and eating the same food as their Nepali counterparts.  They will have a firsthand look at Public Health in the developing world.​


 What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you in Nepal?

Each time I sit down for an interview I feel a deep sense of privilege in being trusted with a woman’s story about her births, children who have died, her pain and hopefully, her recovery.​


 What is your favorite aspect of Nepalese culture?

I have family there now.  I can hardly wait to get off the plane each time and see people that have given me the greatest gift; relationship with them that is lasting and rich and impacts my life each day.​


 What is one thing Americans should know about Nepal?

It offers so much more than opportunities for great trekking, world class scenery and Buddhist temples.  The culture is ancient and rich.  The people are tremendously kind and generous.  The experience will be life changing.​


 Final Thoughts?

Don’t miss this chance to be a part of something that impact your future for years to come!



Quick Facts

  • Location Central Valley Kathmandu region of Nepal
  • Faculty Pamela Prag 
  • Course NURS 6914
  • Credits 3 ​
  • Dates May 18 - June 5, 2015
  • Cost  $4,550
  • Deadline March 20, 2015 
  • Program Advisor    Jessica Tharp​

Costs and dates tentative and subject to change.​

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