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College of Health Professions Study Abroad

We’re working to expand the CHP Study Abroad program to continue to provide a high-level of experience to our graduates. In 2016-2017, we were able to expand from 3 to 5 study abroad programs: Communication Disorders (United Kingdom), Health Information Management (Germany), Healthcare Administration (Switzerland), Physical Therapy (Costa Rica), and an Interprofessional study abroad with Clinical Laboratory Science, Nursing, and Respiratory Care (Nicaragua). Your generout donation to Step Up for State CHP campaign will support these life-changing study abroad opportunities. 

2016-2017 Study Abroad Programs:

  • Communication Disorders: 18 students from CDIS traveled to London and Newcastle to study how speech-language-treatment is delivered in the UK. Thanks to Step Up for State, students received money for both travel and a traditional British meal.
  • Healthcare Administration: Undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Health Administration visited Geneva, Switzerland and the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters where they learned about how the organization is structured and its target priorities for 2017.
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  • Health Information Management: Step Up for State supported scholarships for 7 junior and senior students who participated in a 6-week International Study Program in Hannover, Germany. Texas State HIM students joined students from several countries to study clinical research methods.
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  • Nursing: A two week trip occurs during the students’ final semester and they participate in clinical community health nursing in a variety of settings including rural hospitals, health clinics in nursing homes, and service activities at a local orphanage.
  • Physical Therapy: Students and faculty travelled to Atenas, Cost Rica to learn about Costa Rican culture, nutrition, and recreational activities while taking courses in medical Spanish and Costa Rican culture. Students lived with hosts families in the local community and volunteered in retirement communities and outpatient clinics.
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  • Interprofessional Study Abroad to Nicaragua: Clinical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Respiratory Care, and Mass Communications held a 12-day service-learning program. The students gained awareness of the role each practitioner played in global healthcare, cultural sensitivity, and healthcare disparity. This was the first IPE study abroad program in the nation to include CLS students.

Planned 2017-2018 Study Abroad Programs:

  • Clinical Laboratory Science: A 12-day service-learning trip in June of 2018 with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children in Huancayo, Peru. Students will observe the healthcare delivery system and laboratory services in a Peruvian hospital as well as work with the community leaders and medical professionals to provide laboratory and healthcare services to the community.
  • Communication Disorders: CDIS students will spend two weeks of Summer I 2018 in Peru, including time in Lima and Machu Picchu. We will study the history of written language and the contemporary speech-language-hearing services available to people in Peru.
  • Health Information Management: HIM students and faculty will continue the robust student and faculty international exchange with Hochschule Hannover with a goal to increase the number of students going to Germany in 2018.
  • Healthcare Administration: Undergraduate and graduate students HA will visit Stockholm, Sweden which according to The Organization for Economic Co­operation and Development (OECD) has the best healthcare system in the world. Students will have the opportunities to develop cross­-cultural competencies as they and explore questions such as, what makes Swedish healthcare system the best?
  • Nursing: A two week trip occurs during the students’ final semester and they participate in clinical community health nursing in a variety of settings including rural hospitals, health clinics in nursing homes, and service activities at a local orphanage.
  • Physical Therapy: Students will travel to Atenas, Cost Rica to learn about Costa Rican culture, nutrition, and recreational activities while taking courses in medical Spanish and Costa Rican culture. Students will live with host families in the local community and volunteer in retirement communities and outpatient clinics.
  • Respiratory Care: Students will visit Georgetown, Guyana to develop their understanding of global healthcare and experience a significant multicultural exchange. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications (MC) Global News Team students will embed with the Department of Respiratory Care to tell the story about this exchange.

The need for private support of Study Abroad programming is greater than ever as we look to further the mission and goals of the College of Health Professions. Your support will make a difference and will help us to ensure that tomorrow's leaders in healthcare are receiving the very best education today at Texas State University. Join us today to invest in our future.

How You Can Help

Every gift makes a difference, no matter the size. Step Up For State and help make a positive difference in the lives of all current and future Bobcats. Please make a donation today to support the College of Health Professions Study Abroad program! You can help us spread the word by sharing this campaign page with others who might find it of interest.

We appreciate your consideration. 


Clinical Laboratory Science:

In 2017, Clinical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Respiratory Care, and Mass Communications held a 12-day service-learning program where they conducted health histories, performed diagnostic laboratory testing, and assisted in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals in temporary clinics as well as volunteered at an orphanage and nursing home in the areas surrounding the capital of Nicaragua. The students gained awareness of the role each practitioner played in global healthcare, cultural sensitivity, and healthcare disparity. This was the first IPE study abroad program in the nation to include CLS students.

A 12-day service-learning trip in June of 2018 with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children in Huancayo, Peru. The students will observe the healthcare delivery system and laboratory services in a Peruvian hospital as well as work with the community leaders and medical professionals to provide laboratory and healthcare services to the community.

Communication Disorders:

In 2017, 18 students from CDIS traveled to London and Newcastle to study how speech-language-treatment is delivered in the UK. Thanks to Step Up for State, students received money for both travel and a traditional British meal.

This year, CDIS students will spend two weeks of Summer I 2018 in Peru, including time in Lima and Machu Picchu. We will study the history of written language and the contemporary speech-language-hearing services available to people in Peru.

Healthcare Administration:

In 2017, undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Health Administration visited Geneva, Switzerland and the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters where they learned about how the organization is structured and its target priorities for 2017. As the course followed directly before the largest gathering of global health actors in the world, the World Health Assembly, students were exposed to current debate and real-life resolutions. To better understand how the WHO interacts with other actors and how global health policy is translated into tangible projects, students also visited various leading NGOs, private corporations, and UN agencies that work alongside the WHO in the quest to bettering the health of the world. These organizations included the United Nations High Commission to Refugees (UNHCR), UNAIDS, Medisins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), the Aga Khan Foundation, the GAVI Alliance, the World Economic Forum, and the Global Fund, among others.

For 2018, undergraduate and graduate students will visit Stockholm, Sweden which according to The Organization for Economic Co­operation and Development (OECD) has the best healthcare system in the world. In addition, the healthcare system in Sweden is often used as a model by other countries. Students will have the opportunities to develop cross­-cultural competencies and explore questions such as these: What makes Swedish healthcare system the best? and How much of that can be replicated in other parts of the world? Cross-­cultural learning will be facilitated onsite for the students through lectures by Swedish healthcare professionals, site visits, interactions with locals and diverse members of the student group, debriefing sessions onsite (cultural processing) and daily journaling of reflections.

Health Information Management:

The Department of Health Information Management established an International Student and Faculty Exchange with Hochschule Hannover, in Hannover Germany in 2011. Under this unique student and faculty exchange, Texas State HIM students travel to Germany for six months each summer to participate in an International Study Program that brings together students from several countries to study clinical research methodology and operations. In turn, Hochschule Hannover students are able to join the HIM coursework for the fall semester and also participate in selected research projects. The international faculty exchange allows one HIM faculty member to travel to Germany each summer to participate in teaching and professional presentations, and a Hochschule Hannover faculty member joins the HIM department each fall to present to students on human subjects research and clinical trials and to collaborate with HIM faculty on selected topics. In 2017, seven junior and senior students participated in the international exchange.

Interprofessional Study Abroad to Nicaragua:

In 2017, Clinical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Respiratory Care, and Mass Communications held a 12-day service-learning program where they conducted health histories, performed diagnostic laboratory testing, and assisted in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals in temporary clinics as well as volunteered at an orphanage and nursing home in the areas surrounding the capital of Nicaragua. The students gained awareness of the role each practitioner played in global healthcare, cultural sensitivity, and healthcare disparity. This was the first IPE study abroad program in the nation to include CLS students.

Nursing:

A two week trip occurs during the students’ final semester and they participate in clinical community health nursing in a variety of settings including rural hospitals, health clinics in nursing homes, and service activities at a local orphanage.

Physical Therapy:

In 2017, physical therapy students travelled to Atenas, Cost Rica to learn about Costa Rican culture, nutrition, and recreational activities while taking courses in medical Spanish and Costa Rican culture. Students lived with hosts families in the local community and volunteered in retirement communities and outpatient clinics. They visited Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and learned about the differences in the profession between the two countries. They participated in a Costa Rican cooking class and traditional dance class. Medical Spanish was taught in the outdoor classrooms and practiced while volunteering in the local clinics. Shopping in the farmers market and open air artisan markets and learning to bargain in Spanish was a real treat!

In 2018, physical therapy students will travel to Atenas, Cost Rica to learn about Costa Rican culture, nutrition, and recreational activities while taking courses in medical Spanish and Costa Rican culture. Students will live with hosts families in the local community and volunteer in retirement communities and outpatient clinics. They will visit Universidad Latina de Costa Rica to learn about the differences in the profession and healthcare in general, between the two countries. They will participate in a Costa Rican cooking class and traditional dance class. Medical Spanish will be taught in the outdoor classrooms and practiced while volunteering in the local clinics. Shopping in the farmers market and open air artisan markets will give them a chance to bargain in Spanish!

Respiratory Care:

A program in Georgetown, Guyana being has been approved to launch in January of 2018. It is unique experience to develop the respiratory student understanding of global healthcare and experience a significant multicultural exchange. An opportunity to work with an international healthcare team of physicians, nurses and therapists. A significant opportunity to demonstrate the important role played by respiratory therapists in the USA healthcare concept to a foreign healthcare system that does not include the role of the respiratory therapist. The Respiratory Care students will be joined on this trip by the students of The School of Journalism and Mass Communications Global News Team.

  • It is a 12 day trip to Georgetown, Guyana, South America
  • Goals of the program are to enhance the awareness and understanding of the profession of respiratory care and its vital role on the health care team and to demonstrate the respiratory care knowledge necessary to function in the clinical setting.
  • The School of Journalism and Mass Communications (MC) Global News Team students will embed with the Department of Respiratory Care to tell their story through multimedia and print products.
  • This is the first individual study abroad for the respiratory therapy team and the goal of the (MC) students is to tell the story of the Department of Respiratory Care's work in Guyana by providing an immersive and experiential learning environment for the mass communication students.

 

 


Timelapse of clinic at Nicaragua