Description: We will travel to Ghana to learn about healthcare treatment, diagnosis, education, access, & training in a healthcare facility that performs some of the most complex surgeries in Sub-Saharan Africa. We will also explore and experience the health realities that Ghanaians face amid challenges created by social, environmental, cultural, and economic forces. Students will get the opportunity to experience Ghana’s health care system firsthand by shadowing and interacting directly with both private and public health care practitioners. Through these we will learn how healthcare is accessed and delivered in other parts of the world. We will also have the opportunity explore the culture of Ghana and visit some historical sites along the coastal regions of Ghana.
This course is designed to expose students to the interrelationship between the clinical and public health in Ghana. While we will spend a majority of the time at the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) and at the Nation’s premier teaching hospital actively shadowing, learning, and experiencing how healthcare is delivered in Ghana, we will also have the opportunity to experience life in Accra and in the cities and towns around the capital.
Pre-requisites: No pre-requisite; however, you must have a strong interest in experiencing how healthcare is delivered in other parts of the world, as well an appreciation for other cultures. You must also know that this is not a trip for leisure. You will be in facilities and communities shadowing and interacting with healthcare providers and patients. Nonetheless, there will be enough time to appreciate the outdoors and life in Ghana.
Interview Required: Yes
Course Dates: January 4 – January 25
Expected Course Fee: $5400
Expected Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $250