International Programs

The School of Health and Human Sciences has numerous opportunities for HHS undergraduate and graduate students from all departments to participate in International programs. A few of these programs are highlighted here. For information about other programs see:

Costa Rica

snapshot costa ricaSince 2006, the Departments of Social Work and Human Development and Family Studies have sponsored a Summer 'intensive' program in Costa Rica. During summer 2015, students visited La Carpio, an enclave of mostly Nicaraguan refugees in the capital city of San Jose. They teamed with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation and residents to paint houses and fences in the community. The group also visited other communities, including indigenous peoples like the Cabecares.

Participants also spent time increasing their knowledge of Latino culture and improving their Spanish language skills. They lived with Costa Rican families throughout their stay. This year, Prof. Lisa MacDonald from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Dr. Donna Duffy, Department of Kinesiology served as faculty facilitators. This annual program is open to all HHS graduate and undergraduate majors.

For more information, please see the Department of Social Work Costa Rica Program page.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Collaboration with the Department of Defense

snapshot grad students in europeProfessors Lyn Mankoff and Perry Flynn, faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, collaborated with the Department of Defense (DoD) Schools in setting up five internship placements in Europe for our 2nd year Speech-Language Pathology master's students. The students provide speech-language pathology services under the supervision of their supervising speech-language pathologists in DoD Schools on military bases in Europe.

Three students spent their spring 2015 semester in Germany and took advantage of the unique experiences that the DoD schools had to offer. On weekends they used their Euro Passes to travel throughout Europe. You can read about the experiences of the students on this blog.

For more information, please contact Professors Lyn Mankoff or Perry Flynn.

Dissecting Martial Arts in Contemporary China (KIN 396)

snapshot students in chinaDr. Ang Chen, Department of Kinesiology, teaches and leads a course called "Dissecting Martial Arts in Contemporary China Study in Shanghai." Shanghai is a fast-paced international commercial center with a strong Western heritage and influences.

The city is a cultural mosaic where visitors feel the vibrating pulse of cultural conflict as well as harmony between traditional and modern life. With a unique mind-body integrated approach, the study-abroad program focuses on exploring the Chinese cultural and social traditions through hands-on experiences in the birthplace of martial arts. The program is held at the Shanghai University of Sport in China.

The program includes visits to a martial arts masters training center, fitness/rehab center, and martial arts youth camp whose mission is to maintain and pass on traditional values and practices. Students also visit a community organization promoting health through martial arts, Shanghai School of Beijing Opera and movie studios to see martial arts being dramatized. Cities near Shanghai, including Suzhou and Hanghzhou, are on the itinerary. Finally, there is an excursion to Beijing to visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Royal Summer Palace, and more!

For more information, please contact Dr. Chen.

snapshot lundgren and flyn in ChinaFulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad in Shanghai China

Dr. Kristine Lundgren, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, co-directed a Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad program to Shanghai China with Dr.Ye (Jane) He from the School of Education. Twelve educators from North Carolina, including 3 HHS alumni, CSD Professor Perry Flynn, Mike Maykish, and Mariam Abdelaziz, participated in this one-month program during the summer of 2015. The group visited elementary, middle, and high schools in Shanghai as well as two schools for children with special needs.

During their visit, the educators took Chinese language lessons and learned about Chinese culture through seminars and cultural visits in Shanghai and Beijing. The educators will use this information to help develop teaching units that will be implemented during 2015-16 in classrooms throughout North Carolina. Drs. Lundgren and He will continue to collaborate with school systems in Shanghai to provide more clinical/teaching and service learning opportunities for teachers in NC as well as undergraduate and graduate students at UNCG.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lundgren.

snapshot lundgren and flyn in China

Human Nutrition Program at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, N. Ireland

The Department of Nutrition has a 17-year exchange program with the Human Nutrition Program at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, N. Ireland.  Nutrition majors from UNCG take course work in dietetics and nutrition at Ulster, while Irish students work on research projects in the community and nutrition laboratories at UNCG. 

Students appreciate the opportunity to learn about different cultures and health systems, while continuing to earn credits towards their degree program.  This exchange enriches the teaching and research environments of both universities.

For more information, please contact Dr. Haldeman.

Immigrant and Refugee Health

Dr. Sharon Morrison from the Department of Public Health Education brings global issues to Public Health Education students in the classroom by teaching courses that address issues like global health, immigrant and refugee health, and public health diseases. She mentors undergraduate and graduate student researchers in her work with the Montagnard community and with the Center for New North Carolinians.

Many of the students she works with are 1st generation students from refugee communities being re-settled in North Carolina. She works across disciplines with Dr. Sudha Shreeniwas in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Dr. Jigna Dharod in the Department of Nutrition on the family relationships, household strategies, and hypertension risk in south east Asian adults in the U.S. South project.

She recently received funding to begin the development of a cross-disciplinary HHS course entitled "Refugee Resettlement/Processing and Cultural Orientation in Global Contexts."

For more information, please contact Dr. S. Morrison.