DUSON Welcomes Students from Six Countries for Global Health Course

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) welcomes international students from Barbados, China, Japan, Oman, Philippines, Taiwan and the United States. The students are joining the Duke community for a two-week course, Exploring Global Patterns of Health and Illness. International participants are joined by ABSN student, Rebecca Berk.

“DUSON has had the fortune of sending students abroad for global clinical experiences for many years.  A few years ago, we were able to welcome international students to DUSON for a short course.  We’re thrilled to host the third annual global health course this year,” said Michael Relf, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, AACRN, CNE, FAAN, associate professor. “Aligning with our strategic plan, this program was founded to not only take DUSON students out to see the world, but also bring international students to our campus as an opportunity to experience our community and engage in cross-cultural learning.”

The course is designed for international nursing students from selected global partner sites to participate in a cultural immersion experience cultivating an enhanced understanding of nursing and global health while exploring the impact of social determinants of health.

“This course is giving DUSON the ability to showcase the strength of Duke University and all that our community has to offer,” says Eleanor Stevenson, PhD, RN, associate professor. “At the completion of this course, students will have the ability to take what they’ve learned from examining global patterns of health and illness and contrasting patterns across societies and cultures and apply it to their respective countries.”

Academic portions of the course include a windshield survey of the social determinants of health in Durham where students are given a bus tour of the community, fieldwork in the community focusing on preventing and treating diabetes and hypertension in the community and field site visits to Lincoln Community Health Center and the Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, INC.

Course participants also have the opportunity to participate in cultural outings including visiting the International Civil Rights Museum, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Busch Gardens, attending The Book of Mormon at the Durham Performing Arts Center and a local Durham Bulls baseball game.

Though course participants represent different countries around the world, the course aims to highlight similarities in health outcomes that all students face in their respective countries.

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