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Study Global Health and Social Issues in South Africa

South Africa in 2016

The Global Health and Social Issues Course: PA5587 or PA497 (3 credit hours) will be offered during the summer 2016 semester.

Dates for International Travel: May 22nd-May 28th, 2016

Application Deadlines

Scholarship Application Deadline: February 19, 2016

*Scholarship support is available through the Bloch School. The Special Bloch Study Abroad Scholarship application deadline is February 19, 2016. Please contact the UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at 816-235-1154 to see what other aid may be available for your study abroad program.

Program Application Deadline: March 4, 2016

Program Deposit Deadline: March 18, 2016
*Program deposit is non-refundable after March 18, 2016. Deposit will be applied towards the cost of hotels.

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Special Scholarship Available

Students may fill out the Study Abroad Application online.


Dr. Arif Ahmed, Associate Professor of Health Administration and Mr. Mike Wood, former health administration faculty member with wide international experience will be leading the trip to South Africa.

Dr. Ahmed
Mr. Wood

Course Scheduling

Orientation: in April 2016
**International Academic Programs (IAP) Pre-Departure Orientation for Bloch School Faculty-Led Summer Programs (For travel during the months of May, June and/or July 2016) has been scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 8:30 am - 9:30 am in BEH 324.

Pre-Trip Course Sessions:
Friday, April 8, 2016 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 9, 2016 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday, April 29, 2016 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday April 30, 2016 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

One post-trip session will be scheduled for June, 2016
Course Number: PA 5587/497 (3 Credit Hours)

Trip Overview

Cape Town is South Africa's second largest city. It is famous for its spectacular geographic setting with the 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.

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.

Some activities will be arranged or held in conjunction with events at the University of the Western Cape and include visits to health facilities and social services in townships and rural settings.


Students are responsible for the following program costs:

  • $850 deposit due March 18, 2016. The deposit is non-refundable after March 18, 2016.
  • $25 subscription fee to StudioAbroad, the application software used by International Academic Programs.
  • 3 hours tuition (Consult UMKC website or talk to your Academic Advisor to find the exact amount).
  • Roundtrip International airfare to/from Cape Town (Approximately $1,500-$2,000 depending on the route and time of purchase).
  • Meals in Cape Town (Approximately $250).
  • Miscellaneous expenses including local transportation costs not related to program activities and entry fees to cultural sites (Approximately $100).
  • Passport costs, if you do not have a passport already.
  • University required HTH Health Insurance (Approximately $50).
  • Visa Fees: No visa fee is required for U.S. citizens. Non U.S. Citizens please consult the South African Embassy/Consulate website for visa requirements and fees.

*Due to currency fluctuations and rising prices, students may be required to pay additional funds prior to the trip.

Additional Independent Travel

Students can participate in an optional, non-credit independent excursion to a South African game preserve, to the beautiful wine country or to the breathtaking seacoast near Cape Town. While such independent options 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 opportunity. Interested students will work directly with vendors to secure the bookings and make payments.

Visit the Study Abroad South Africa Facebook page for additional information or download the trip FAQ sheet.

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