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UVA in St. Kitts and Nevis: Public Health Sciences
Frigate Bay, Saint Kitts and Nevis (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 22-MAY-2018 04-JUN-2018
NOTE: Students admitted to this program will need to commit by March 15, 2018.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Open to Non-UVa Students:
No Housing: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Martha Sadler
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Public Health
Program Description:

Participants will learn and apply the tenets of social determinants of child health as they explore and analyze child asthma challenges in St. Kitts and Nevis. Culturally respectful engagement will be emphasized in the assessment of existing resources and the development of community-based health education materials sensitive to the priorities of the indigenous people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

This course may be of interest to any UVA student (all majors) who seeks to understand the relationship between social, environmental, community factors and population health, child health in particular. The course will integrate lectures and readings with service learning opportunities. Students will be guided through an assessment of perceptions about asthma with service providers and representatives from St. Kitts and Nevis communities and develop innovative health education resources.

To aid in developing an appreciation of the St. Kitts and Nevis cultures, the course will include field excursions to hospitals, community clinics, the rain forest, a former slave trade center, the Botanical Gardens in Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor, which is the former home of the Carib Indians and once owned by Sam Jefferson, the great, great, great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson and other local attractions.


Looking south toward Nevis from St. Kitts

Course Objectives

  • Learn about the role of historical and contemporary social, economic, and political structures that impact the health of the children of St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Learn about the local culture and nuances of health care and health promotion in St. Kitts and Nevis, while interacting with health system leaders and providers of care with ethnic backgrounds atypical to the US.
  • Observe and interact with clinicians while also learning the scope and severity of childhood health issues
  • Contribute to a group health promotion and child health resiliency materials in partnership with local health providers
  • Learn how to apply culturally respectful practices to the development of materials sensitive to indigenous priorities
  • Discuss the role of gender, race, ethnicity and other evolving demographics in affecting population health and appreciate the multiple determinates of health
  • Discuss the interconnectedness among the physical, social, and environmental aspects of community and global health

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of interconnectedness/interdependence of political, environmental, social, and economic systems on a global scale and in a historical context
  • Students will apply culture-specific knowledge to think critically and comparatively about global issues
  • Students are aware and appreciate other cultures' norms and customs
  • Students are able to match behavior/communication to cultural environment

Students will be housed at a local hotel for thirteen nights where morning and evening group discussions will take place . Students will also be able to access the Internet from their rooms.


Fort Brimstone, St. Kitts

Social Determinants of Child Health
(PHS 5815/7815; 3 credits)

This course is open to all rising 3rd and 4th year undergraduates and graduate students.



Program costs and payment schedule are listed in the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Health Information
Check the CDC website:  St. Kitts & Nevis Health info

Program Director Jeanita W. Richardson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the UVA Department of Public Health Sciences, and is Assistant Director, Community Health Programs & Research.


Beach on east coast, St. Kitts