Program Overview

This program is ideal for students interested in studying global health and development issues in Africa. On this program, you will take courses examining health and development in Ghana, as well as contemporary issues facing Ghanaian society. As a complement to your coursework, you will be placed in a hands-on service learning experience at a local community organization, healthcare service provider, or research institute. You will also receive an introduction to Modern Twi (Ghana's most commonly spoken language), through your on-site orientation. If you have career aspirations in the fields of community and international development, social work, psychology, mental health, medicine, or public/global health, you will greatly benefit from this program.

Additional requirements

Fall and summer students will need to obtain a visa. Please contact Lacey Johnson for further details: lej@uoregon.edu.

Academic Details

Summer Program:
You will take 3 courses during the summer program. The Ghana Health and Society course examines the impact of cultural beliefs and practices, colonialism, globalization, and political economy on the health of Ghanaians. The Tropical Disease: Ghana course, taught by UO Biology professor Janis Weeks, examines both well-known diseases and ‘neglected tropical diseases’ that impact Ghana and other tropical regions. You will also participate in a Service Learning seminar and placement. A wide variety of service learning placements in the fields of health, education, environmental issues and development are available and are matched to your specific interests.

In the summer program, University of Oregon students will receive up to 12 UO credits total, including:
·         5 UO credits for Health and Society
·         2 UO credits for Tropical Disease: Ghana
·         Up to 5 UO credits for Service Learning
 
Fall Semester Program:
You will take 4 courses during the fall semester program. In order to give you a foundation of knowledge on health in Ghana, you will take the required courses Ghana Health and Society and Ghana Today, which introduce you to historical and contemporary issues that have impacts on health. In addition, you can also choose take either a Community Psychology course, or an Introduction to Epidemiology course. All students will also participate in a Service Learning seminar and placement. A wide variety of service learning placements in the fields of health, education, environmental issues and development are available and are matched to your specific interests.

In the fall semester program, University of Oregon students will receive up to 23 UO quarter credits total, including:

·         5 UO credits for Ghana Health and Society
·         5 UO credits for Ghana Today
·         Up to 8 UO credits for Service Learning
·         5 UO credits for Introduction to Epidemiology – West Africa OR 5 UO credits for Community Psychology
 

Note: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information, in particular, how many contact hours are required for internship or service learning credit. All classes take place at the Aya Centre and are designed exclusively for students in the GEO Ghana program

Faculty and Staff

Janis Weeks, PhD, is a professor of biology at the University of Oregon and member of the African Studies Program and teaches the Tropical Disease: Ghana seminar during the summer program in Accra. She has been involved in building research and education capacity in Africa for nearly 20 years. Her research focuses on technologies for discovering new drugs against devastating worm infections in humans, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Weeks' undergraduate courses at UO on infectious and parasitic diseases in Africa have been recognized by a Biology Teaching Award and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.

Housing Description

During the summer program, you will be placed with a local host family. Host families will provide you with breakfast and dinner, a private room with study area and light laundry. During the fall program you will have the option of staying at the Aya Center house or with a host family. The Aya Centre is located approximately three blocks from the University of Ghana in East Legon, a quiet residential neighborhood located in Greater Accra. The Aya Center House is completely furnished, equipped with a kitchen (including basic cooking facilities and utensils), a dining room, a large living room, a small patio and a large compound. Most of the rooms are double- or triple-occupancy. Each room has a private bath and ceiling fan. A 24-hour security guard service is also provided. If you choose to stay with a host family during the fall program, you will be charged a host family supplement to cover your meals while abroad. All accommodations are included during excursions.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20182/15/20183/15/20186/27/20188/11/2018
Fall Semester20183/15/20184/15/20189/2/201812/15/2018

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.