Gain deeper insight into contextual issues relating to public health, determinants of health and health policy using Australia’s health system and programs as an example. Designed for a broad range of students interested in public health, the immersive traveling program – which moves through Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and Cairns – is taught through morning lectures followed by field excursions with a particular emphasis on the differences in health indicators for indigenous and non-indigenous populations. Along with learning about Australia’s health system, you’ll also have plenty of time to discover the country’s cultural and natural wonders with included visits to such iconic sites as the Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef and ancient Daintree Rainforest.
Summer Program Highlights
Examine different aspects of public health, policy and programs particularly when it comes to multicultural communities and indigenous populations to earn 3 U.S. credits
Experience the coursework come to life through an extensive series of guest lectures and immersive field trips
Traverse the country staying in some of Australia’s top destinations: Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and Cairns by the Great Barrier Reef
Explore Australia’s natural beauty by kayaking with dolphins in Byron Bay, snorkeling with sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef, hiking coastal trails, visiting the majestic Daintree Rainforest, going on a memorable dinner cruise on the iconic Sydney Harbor, learning to surf lesson at famous Bondi Beach and more
Study the unique factors that affect Aboriginal health and how systems can help support indigenous populations
Benefit from access to TEAN’s in-country staff for continued support throughout the program
"My study abroad experience was fast paced, challenging and superb. We traveled all over Australia, including the Outback, Byron Bay and the Great Barrier Reef, to name a few. This program fit extremely well into my summer plans and gave me the ability to experience and hike in the various climates and habitats, such as the rainforest, dry arid, and coastal temperate. There was a perfect balance of learning, relaxing, enjoying and growing, all backed up by great people that became family. If beautiful scenery, the outdoors, flora, fauna and asking questions are your passions, then this program will provide satisfaction, in addition to so much more."
Megan Comer, Virginia Tech