Michigan State University: Micronesia - A Public Health Sciences Discovery Journey in Micronesia

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Experience the adventure learning opportunity of a lifetime by joining our 'Public Health Sciences Discovery Journey: Micronesia' with an entry portal via Japan in May 2015. Starting with initial travel to Japan before entry to Micronesia, this Co... read more

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Experience the adventure learning opportunity of a lifetime by joining our 'Public Health Sciences Discovery Journey: Micronesia' with an entry portal via Japan in May 2015. Starting with initial travel to Japan before entry to Micronesia, this College of Human Medicine course (EPI 475) provides undergraduates and graduate students with an initial exposure to epidemiology and public health research. Learners will learn public health survey research, including steps used to create an online health surveillance system for travelers visiting Micronesia and other parts of the world, and to assess health experiences when traveler adventures take them overseas.

Part and parcel with these public health learning experiences, our study abroad students will learn the history and cultures of Micronesia, as these histories have intersected with those of Japan, Europe, and the United States during the colonial and post-WWII United Nations Trust Territories era. After initial orientation in Japan, this study abroad experience includes travel to ancient-to-modern sites and villages of the islands, with jungle treks, hiking [including hike and optional swim in (non-poisonous) jellyfish lake], museum and shrine visits, hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling, as well as related cultural experiences. Scuba opportunities are offered in world-class Palau and Yap, or in CNMI. Scuba certification is possible at start of Micronesia visit (Palau) or later in CNMI, or in combination (basic certification coursework on Palau with open water dive certification in CNMI).

Interested enrollees should log in or come to at least one of the informational meetings that will be held in October-December 2014. Required meetings in Spring semester 2015 will help prepare learners for the study abroad experience. No prior epidemiology or public health background or coursework are required. This study abroad is designed as an initial experience in epidemiology and public health research.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Minimum GPA:
2.0
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