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January Term: UVA in St. Kitts and Nevis
Frigate Bay, Saint Kitts-Nevis; Oualie Beach, Saint Kitts and Nevis (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets January
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January 2016 01-OCT-2015
10-OCT-2015 03-JAN-2016 15-JAN-2016

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Liz Wellbeloved-Stone
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Health and Human Services, Public Health
Program Description:

The participants in this course held in the West Indies, will study the fundamentals of emergency care and disaster preparedness through exploration of existing preparedness infrastructures in St. Kitts and Nevis.

This course may be of interest to any undergraduate or graudate student (all majors) and is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from distinguished UVA faculty, and St. Kitts Nursing and Medical School faculty and healthcare providers. The course integrates  students in a non-traditional learning environment within the community, and at health professions schools. The course will include assessment of planning, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery relating to all types of hazards. Students will also learn elements of basic life support, some elements of advanced cardiac and trauma life support, and personal safety and disaster preparedness tips. Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible for CPR and first aid certification. Participants will interact with high ranking health system officials from St. Kitts and Nevis.


2015 Participants

The course will also include field trips to the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS), and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. A highlight of the course will be a "disaster survival" scavenger hunt. Teams will compete to locate items most needed during a disaster.

Students will participate in a oneday course Alexandria Hospital in Nevis to include didactics and skills sessions and interaction with EMTs, nurses, physicians, administrators, and other healthcare professionals.

The faculty teaching the course have collective expertise in emergency medicine, "all hazards" preparedness and response, including hurricanes, tornadoes, pandemic flu, basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), advanced trauma life support (ATLS), human patient simulation, mass event medical management, and student health and safety.

Public Health Competencies

  • Discuss public health research done in the St. Kitts and Nevis communities and how programs and policies support individual and population health improvement.
  • Discuss the roles of history, power, privilege, and structural inequality in producing health disparities.
  • Discuss how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community settings.
  • Discuss public health strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the West Indies compared to the U. S.
  • Discuss social justice and human rights principles related to community needs.

Course Objectives

  • Learn the cultural nuances of health care in the West Indies while interacting with health system leaders and providers of care with ethnic backgrounds atypical to the US
  • Study fundamentals of emergency care and the infrastructure for disaster preparedness specifically as it relates to St Kitts and Nevis, two small countries vulnerable to natural disasters
  • Observe and interact with pre-hospital and hospital clinicians while also learning the fundamentals of emergency care and elements of basic life support
  • Contribute to a group report on St. Kitts and Nevis health care and disaster preparedness.
  • Interact with faculty and students who are enrolled in Nursing, Medicine, and Veterinary Schools in the offshore setting culturally and socially
  • Interact with and learn from nationally recognized UVA Health System faculty

Field Trips
The course will include field excursions to hospitals and community clinics, the rain forest, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, 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 grandfather of Thomas Jefferson, and to a former slave trade center in Basseterre.


Dancers in annual late December Carnival

Students will be housed at the Sugar Bay Resort in St. Kitts for the first 7 days, then Oualie Beach Resort in Nevis for the last 5 nights.


Comparative Health Systems
(GNUR 5500; 3 credits),
West Indies Health Care: Disaster Preparedness,
St. Kitts and Nevis

(PHS 5810; 3 credits), or
West Indies Health Care: Disaster Preparedness,
St. Kitts and Nevis

(PHS 2810; 3 credits)

Course Information
This course is open to all UVA undergraduates, regardless of major. Public health sciences, global health and graduate nursing students may also apply.

2016 Handbook (subject to change)

St. Kitts & Nevis 2016 J-Term Handbook


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Students on mountaintop looking toward Nevis
in distance

Study Abroad Policies
Education Abroad Workshop
Students must view and complete the online Education Abroad Workshop prior to starting the UVA Study Abroad application. Please refer to the Education Abroad Workshop homepage for more information.

Refund Policy
Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Please note
No refund or credit will be given to students who are suspended and/or dismissed from any UVA study abroad programs for conduct and/or academic violations reasons.

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

Program costs and payment schedule are listed in the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. In addtion to these, students are responsible for the following expenses:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Some meals
  • Personal expenses

Program Director

Dr. Marcus L. Martin, MD,, is Past chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Interim Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity. He was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to the Secure Commonwealth Panel, and Vice Chair of the Virginia Tech Review Panel (2007). He has been the course director for UVA in St. Kitts and Nevis in January 2009 through 2013.

Program Faculty
Audrey Snyder, PhD, RH,, Clinical Assistant Professor, UVA School of Nursing; Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado. Course Director, UVA St. Kitts and Nevis January 2014, 2015.

Scott Syverud, MD
Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia Health System

Kostas Alibertis, CCEMTP; AHA National Faculty,
ACLS and PALS Coordinator, Life Support Learning Center

Jamela Martin, MSN, RN, NP, PhD,
Old Dominion University School of Nursing

Rhiannon Franck, BSN,RN, PhD Student,
UVA School of Nursing

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2015 Participants

This program is currently not accepting applications.