"The three weeks spent with my Johns Hopkins peers, as well as the group of Ugandan students from the Makerere University School of Public Health not only exceeded my expectations, but also widened my global perspective as a scholar and reaffirmed the motivations behind my future aspirations."
-Grace Kwak, Public Health major
Explore the health and education programs serving Ugandan children through this intersession abroad course. JHU students will be paired with students from Uganda’s Makarere University for a unique peer-to-peer learning experience. Students will learn about the strengths and challenges faced by urban and rural child health and education initiatives in Uganda.
After an orientation in Kampala, students will spend a week in a homestay near the Rakai Health Sciences Program, where they will focus on health and education in rural Uganda; then spend time in an urban setting in Kampala, the country’s capital, for hospital and school tours, guest lectures and student-driven site visits. The course will also incorporate a safari experience at Lake Mburo National Park.
Students will earn 3 graded Social Sciences (S) credits for the course: AS.280.210 Uganda: Childhood, Health and Disease
This class fulfills the Applied Experience requirement for Public Health Studies majors.
This course will be co-taught by Dr. Mieka Smart, Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health at Michigan State University, and Dr. Roland Thorpe, Jr., Associate Professor in the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health. This will be Dr. Smart's seventh year leading the Uganda intersession program and Dr. Thorpe's first.
The program begins in Baltimore where the students will spend the night at the Hostelling International Baltimore Hostel. In Kampala students will stay at the Ndere Cultural Center. Students will spend a week living with a host family in the rural village of Rakai. The group will also spend one night at Lake Mburo National Park.