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Summer Abroad Public Health Program: China

  • July 1—July 24, 2019
  • Open to both undergraduate & graduate students

Participants in Tulane's China Public Health Summer Program have the unique opportunity to learn about China’s major health problems while examining comparative health systems and health economics. In addition, students gain first-hand knowledge from visits to hospitals, private clinics, and health departments as well as guest lectures from local Chinese experts and health practitioners.

This is a one-of-a-kind program, now in its 10th year,  allows all students, regardless of their academic major or language abilities, to learn in person about the urban and rural health systems of China in Shanghai and Jinan. Some of the major topics of interest that will be covered are China’s health system reform, the development of the rural Collaborative Medical System (CMS), HIV/AIDS programs and their progress, urban health insurance, disease control and prevention systems, and maternal and child healthcare systems.

Learn more or download an application.

Public Health in Havana, Cuba (GCHB 6860)

  • May 26-June 9, 2018
  • Open to graduate students only
  • 3 credit graduate course

This two-week course addresses how the Cuban government has prioritized the development of universal health care, with a special emphasis on the efforts to strengthen primary health care and to articulate it with more complex levels of care. The course contextualizes and analyzes the programs to prevent infant mortality and to prevent and control infectious diseases such as polio, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, and HIV, as well as the economic and political context in which these public health initiatives developed. The three-credit course takes place in collaboration with the National School of Public Health in Havana. Course activities take place in Havana and in rural areas.

Learning objectives:

  • Analyze the development of the Cuban health system within its economic and political context.
  • Analyze the efforts of the Cuban health system in reaching universal health coverage.
  • Identify the achievements of the Cuban health system in maternal and child health and in the elimination and control of infectious diseases.

Students stay in the National School of Public Health (ENSP) residence, which is located in Havana, with the possibility of staying in a rural area during the second week. The program includes ten days of lectures and visits to health facilities in Havana and in rural areas. Learn more!


Food Security Studies in Italy (GCHB 6790 Food Security & Resilience)

  •  July 1 – 12, 2019
  • 3 credit hour graduate course

Students participating in this exceptional course will gain an understanding of the elements and dynamics of resilient food systems – as well as the people, communities, relations, and policy that contribute to resilience. Impacts of rapidly globalizing food systems on food and nutrition security at local, household, and intra-household levels will be explored. The course includes lectures, discussion, and field trips to local Italian food businesses including a local farm and a dairy coop in Parma where Parmigiano Reggiano is made. Study-trips to the UN food agencies, which are based in Rome, are also included.

Now in its 12th year, the Italy course is offered in collaboration with Punti di Vista, a local cultural organization and held in the historic Franciscan Convent S. Maria del Giglio in the town of Bolsena, the very center of Italy, at the junction of Tuscany, Umbria and Latium. Lodging, freshly made Italian meals, field visits and on-the-ground transport are all included in course fees.

For more information, please email the course instructor, Dr. Nathan Morrow, at or Keelia O’Malley at See more on Facebook. 

Public Health Threats in Suriname

Paramaribo, Suriname

  • July 1-16, 2019
  • Open to both undergraduate & graduate students

Explore key issues affecting the heath of Suriname's population and ecosystem:

  • Science, practice, and policy approaches to address public health issues affecting environmental and human health
  • Important aspects of disaster management
  • Medicinal characteristics of plants
  • Risks of environmental contamination
  • Role of the ecosystem as a vital component to community health
  • Field Trips – overnight trip to the rainforest; see Guyanese dolphins; orchids and bird sanctuary

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Taiwan Strategies to Community Health Practices (GCHB 6150)

David Seal with students in Taiwan on the summer abroad public health course.

  • May 14-27, 2018
  • Open to graduate students only
  • Instructor: David Seal

This course is designed to provide a field study opportunity for the aim of learning global public health practices, cross-culture communication and interaction, and alternative community health strategies in Taiwan. A maximum of 12 students each from Tulane University will be paired with 12 students from Asia University and China Medical University in Taiwan to form cross-culture teams to research and solve community health problems identified in the field study. In this course, students will visit health organizations and community service providers at the national, provincial, city, county and community levels. Lectures and discussions will be provided by experienced faculty and practitioners from universities, health departments and clinics, and NGOs in Taiwan. There also will be daily cultural excursions to learn more about the local culture of Taiwan, including museums, temples and monasteries, night markets, and other cultural attractions. The course will be held in both Taipei and Taichung. Hotel accommodations are included in the course fees.

At the end of the course the cross-culture student teams will be required to submit written papers and deliver an in-class presentation. Additionally, all students are required to submit an individual field study report. Students are free to remain in Taiwan or travel to other parts of Asia before or after the course.

Learn more.