This course explores disease physiology, current medical research, tropical medicine, and global health issues before experiencing these topics first hand through a 10-day medical service trip to Belize.
Global Health is a fast-growing field, as the world becomes more aware of the challenges of medicine, treatment, education, and culture in the developing world. This course explores disease physiology, current medical research, tropical medicine, and global health issues before experiencing these topics first hand through a 12-day medical service trip to Belize. In Belize, you will gain experience working in rural clinics, pharmacy, and triage while working with local doctors in the field and providing medical care to those in need.
Course content relies heavily on current global health challenges and crises, and students take a large role in governing the focus of the course based on their interests (maternal health care, infant/neonatal mortality, infectious disease, diarrheal disease, etc). Experts in the field of Global Health from pit latrine emptying to pediatric oncology in Africa are guest speakers in the class. For the final course project, students complete a portfolio of their experience and write a mini global health grant addressing a problem area of their choice.
GPH 425: Global Health and Physiology (6 credits)
NC State Program Cost
$2,750 (This does not include the $350 application fee)
On-Campus classes throughout Summer Session I
Travel: June 5-16, 2018
Various locations throughout Belize including Caye Caulker and Corozal Town
Dr. Beth Overman Biology
Not on active disciplinary probation
Not on Academic Integrity Probation currently or during prior semester
Completion of BIO 212, BIO 250, or equivalent prior to start of program
For more information about this program, visit Dr. Overman's website: go.ncsu.edu/globalhealth
Check out this story
from Kiyana Harris, 2016 program participant, about her experience in Belize, submitted for the Think and Do in Two: Global Storytelling competition!
Cost, Financial Aid, & Scholarships:
This program is considered a low-cost program
, as the total estimated expenses are less than
the cost of summer attendance at NC State for full-time undergraduate students. See the program budget sheet
for a breakdown of the estimate program cost.
is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial aid offices for information. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship
from the Study Abroad Office.