|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Class Status:||1st year, 2nd year, 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:||UVA|
|Education Abroad Advisor:||Martha Sadler||Application Fee:||Yes|
|Study Abroad Administrative Fee:||No||Subject Area:||Public Health|
UVA in St. Kitts and Nevis: Public Health Sciences
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.
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.
- 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
Jeanita W. Richardson | firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor in the UVA Department of Public Health Sciences, and Assistant Director, Community Health Programs & Research
Accommodation and Meals
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.
Cost and Financial Aid
The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual 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.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will NOT need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
Check the CDC website: St. Kitts & Nevis Health info
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.