Explore Global Health Issues Along with Social Justice Issues & Diversity Awareness

Gain an awareness and respect for the cultural and socioeconomic differences in another country. We have programs in Ethiopia, Mexico, and Nicaragua. These international immersion programs challenge students to critically examine global health issues in these countries and the increasingly interconnected world they are a part of.

The Ethiopia Intercultural Service Learning Program offers a balanced academic and experiential learning program that explores core global health concepts, population-based health care for underserved groups, along with issues of social justice, human rights, and diversity awareness and sensitivity. Students take a one or three credit Global Health elective in the fall semester in preparation for the immersion trip to Ethiopia the following spring.

In partnership with local organizations, Regis University students engage in various activities to improve health, strengthen the community, and further their health care related skills and knowledge. The program encourages students to increase their understanding and become critically conscious of the divide between the economically well off and impoverished countries of the world.

Program goals include:

  • Provide students with knowledge and experiences which lead to critical reflection, new perspectives and understanding of global health concerns and disparities
  • Gain tools through which one can advocate and influence health care systems and outcomes here and abroad
  • Provide experiences that foster personal and professional growth in the area of cultural competency and global citizenship
  • Develop interprofessional awareness and communication skills for the good of the group

Eligible Academic Programs

DPT (3rd year), Post-licensure Nursing (1st and 2nd year), HSA, and Pharmacy students

Upcoming Dates

Contact Jeremy Lee at jjlee@regis.edu or 303.964.5754.

The Mexico Intercultural Immersion creates an opportunity for RHCHP students to spend their Spring Breaks in in Nuevo Rosita, Mexico engaging in community service projects such as the building of a community center in the rural community of Rancho Nuevo and providing interactive health and wellness education in schools and the community. This immersion provides students with the opportunity to better understand the reasons behind some of the health disparities in Mexico and on a global level, while developing awareness and respect for cultural and socioeconomic differences. The program encourages students to increase their understanding and become critically conscious of the divide between the economically well off and impoverished countries of the world.

Program goals include:

  • Provide students with knowledge and experiences, which lead to critical reflection, new perspectives and understanding of global health concerns and disparities
  • Gain tools through which one can advocate and influence health care systems here and abroad
  • Provide experiences that foster personal and professional growth in the area of cultural competency and global citizenship
  • Promote values of reciprocal learning and cultural respect, while increasing cultural sensitivity and cultural competence
  • Develop interprofessional awareness and communication skills for the good of the group

Eligible Academic Programs

Nursing (Traditional and CHOICE), DPT (1st and 2nd year), Pharmacy (1st and 2nd year), and HSA students

Upcoming Dates

Contact Jeremy Lee at jjlee@regis.edu or 303.964.5754 or Sharif Abdelhamid at sabdelha@regis.edu or 303.458.4188.

The Nicaragua intercultural immersion is designed for students from a variety of health disciplines. Participants explore and discuss the intersections of poverty and health in Nicaragua and consider their role in affecting positive change in the developing world and in their own communities.

Participants are exposed to a broad cross-section of Nicaraguan society and will have the opportunity to explore the many factors that determine the health of individuals and communities. Students have the opportunity to meet with health care workers, government officials and local activists who are working to improve the state of health of the Nicaraguan people. Each day includes speakers, field trips and opportunities for interaction with people from a diverse cross-section of local society. There are guided sessions for analysis and reflection.

Specific program goals include:

  • Examining intercultural, global health and social justice issues
  • Providing opportunities for critical reflection and learning about health and socioeconomics in an economically developing country
  • Empowering students to understand the linkages between poverty, power/privilege and health

Eligible Academic Programs

DPT (1st and 2nd year), Nursing (Traditional and CHOICE), HSA, Pharmacy (1st and 2nd year), and HSA students

Upcoming Dates

Contact Sharif Abdelhamid at sabdelha@regis.edu or 303.458.4188.