UMKC Study Abroad South Africa Global Health and Social
Issues Summer Program
My time at UWC was
possibly the most profound experience of my professional
education. Culturally, I found South Africans to be
warm, inviting, and almost without limits in their
capacity for forgiveness and reconciliation. The
diversity of Cape Town is extraordinary. I interacted
with Malay, Hindu, Christian, Zulu, Tembu, Xhosa
(Mandela’s tribe) and many more.
Former UMKC health sciences student after studying at University of the
May 25-May 31, 2014 in Cape Town South Africa
Orientation: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pre-trip sessions during two Friday afternoon/Saturday intensive weekends during the spring semester: April 11-12 and April 25-26, 2014, and a post trip debriefing in June/July 2014.
one of the Program Directors to add your name to
the list of interested students by December 6, 2013
Earn 3 UMKC credits in through this intensive,
interdisciplinary course led by Health Administration faculty
from UMKC’s Bloch School and hosted by UMKC's
sister institution, University of the Western
Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.
Course Number: PA 5587/470
This interdisciplinary course (3 credit
hours) focuses broadly on global health and
social issues from the perspectives of national
and international policy, economic and cultural
issues, and activities that can alleviate the
world-wide burden of disease and disparity.
Intensive pre-trip sessions include discussions
on South African economic, political and social
history in a 21st century context, recognizing
the extraordinary dynamism of this very
important country. Upon return to Kansas City,
students will reflect on their experiences via
formal presentation and report.
Students with an interest in health
care as a clinical, political or economic topic,
public policy, social services, etc. are invited
to participate in this unique opportunity.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is South Africa’s second largest
city. It is famous for its spectacular
geographic setting with iconic Table Mountain
overlooking “the Fairest Cape in all the world”.
Forbes calls it one of the most beautiful cities
on the globe. Apart from its physical beauty,
Cape Town boasts great cultural diversity, a
vibrant jazz scene and is at the heart of a
legendary wine producing region. Its
significance in the overturning of apartheid
cannot be overemphasized.
The University of the
Located in a northern suburb of Cape Town, UWC
enjoys a proud history, having grown from a minor
university of the apartheid era for local “colored”
students to become a prominent force for political and
academic freedom in modern South Africa. Archbishop
Desmond Tutu serves as Chancellor of UWC.
In 1986, the University of Missouri became the
first American university to sign an agreement of
academic cooperation with a historically black South
African university. Since that time, both systems have
benefitted from years of student and faculty exchanges.
The School of Public Health at UWC has become a
major resource in promoting optimal health in South
Africa and within the world’s developing nations. It
accomplishes this by preparing well informed policy
makers and public health workers who share “a commitment
to equity, social justice and human rights”. Local
course work and field trips will be led by faculty from
the UWC School of Public Health.
to view the syllabus for the Cape Town summer study abroad program
Post course excursion
participate in an optional, non-credit post-trip
excursion to a South African game preserve, to
the beautiful wine country or to the
breathtaking seacoast near Cape Town.
While such post-trip visits are not a formal
part of the program, the course leaders will be
available to suggest how interested students
might best take advantage of this unique
Payment for some of the expenses may be collected in the spring to ensure
availability of rooms, etc.
Students will stay in off-campus houses or
boutique hotels in Cape Town. The program
fee will cover shared accommodations. Students will
be responsible for their own meals.
Travel to Cape Town
Students will travel independently to Cape Town
and back to Kansas City. Several students may wish to
travel together. Cape Town International Airport is 45
minutes from the UWC campus.
Students are advised to check with their home
academic units or the Financial Aid office regarding the
availability of financial assistance.
UMKC tuition and fees for three credit hours
Program fee-$800 (includes lodging, group
meals, local group transportation, some entrance fees)
Meals approximately $250
Mandatory Study Abroad insurance: $50
Personal Necessities: $100
Passport-$100 (no visa required for US Citizens)
Roundtrip airfare approximately $1900
The University of Missouri System requires each
study abroad participant to enroll in the UM HTH
Worldwide Health Insurance Plan for the period of their
program. HTH specializes in study abroad. The UM System
has worked with them to create a comprehensive plan
fitting our specific needs. Insurance is approximately
$50 with no deductible.
Further information can be obtained from: Bloch
School faculty (Mr. Michael Wood
Tel 816-361-9693 or Dr. Arif Ahmed
Tel 816-235-2319); International Academic Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org