SUNY Geneseo: Kumasi - Global Health in Ghana

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  • Location(s): Kumasi, Ghana
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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The health of human populations reflects the ecological and geographic environment. This program will introduce significant biological issues important in global health through planned cultural and ecological excursions in a lower middle-income co... read more

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I gained a better appreciation for what we have in the US and how Ghanaians live. They really value people-to-people relationships that we don't really think about here. This experience abroad was definitely worthwhile. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
This program was excellent and I can't emphasize it enough. I learned so much things pertaining to culture, the health care system, family,history, the education system, and most important general things about the land itself. This has furthered my passion to become a medical doctor because there are so many children and adults... - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
What i gained from this study abroad wasnt so much from the class, but more so what i saw with my own eyes and experienced. I think this trip is completely worth but i wouldnt go on the same program again. I felt like we were tied down very much and not allowed to experience what we wanted as much as we should have. I felt like ... - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
I would go back to Ghana to visit my students in a heart beat but not under the SUNY Geneseo program. It really needs to get more organized and concise. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
I learned more about myself on this trip than I did about Global Health. Being put in a completely different environment, I was forced out of my comfort zone. I had to learn to adapt to accommodate others, rather than having people adapt to accommodate me. I went into the trip looking for clarity about what career I should ch... - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review

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The health of human populations reflects the ecological and geographic environment. This program will introduce significant biological issues important in global health through planned cultural and ecological excursions in a lower middle-income country. Site visits will include hospitals and clinics, research laboratories, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, and community development projects. A week-long field research project is embedded in the course. This course is ideally suited for students interested in careers in medicine, allied health fields, public health or environmental science.

Ghana is located in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean. It is roughly the size of Oregon, with a population of 24 million people. A former British colony, Ghana was the first African nation to achieve independence from a colonial power, and it has had a stable democratically elected system of government since 1992. Many African languages are spoken in Ghana, but English is the official language of business and government. Though endowed with a wealth of natural resources, Ghana remains a lower middle-income country. It has one of the fastest growing economies.

Africa is undergoing rapid urbanization, and approximately half of time will be spent in and around Accra and Kumasi, the two largest cities. Students will also visit northern Ghana, including the city of Tamale and Mole National Park where we will go on multiple safaris to see wildlife. We also Cape Coast to see tropical rainforest, and to visit to one or more of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Cape Coast related to the transatlantic slave trade.

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