Global Studies 2017 Summer Workshop: Understanding Global Health

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Mon, 7/24/2017 - Fri, 7/28/2017
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Event Type:

Summer Camp

Participation Details:

  • Fee required
  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    Current high school students and graduating seniors are eligible to apply.



  • 217-265-5186


Parent Program(s):




This intensive course for motivated high school students offers a college-level interdisciplinary survey of global health.  Students will examine and compare intra- and inter-national differences in both disease burden and characteristics, quality, and access to healthcare systems to address those burdens.   The course will study the intersections of nutrition, taking note of medical, economic, social, epidemiological, and political contributors to healthcare access and quality, and enable students to think critically about the broader implications of health as a human right.

The course includes discussions with University faculty and expert practitioners, combining an academic assessment of the fundamental challenges of global health with case-study and project-based instruction related to global health. Students will engage in research, visit clinics, interact with field experts, and make team presentations on their findings.

The course involves field trips to the OSF Jump Simulation and Education Center in Peoria. Students that successfully complete the course will receive a Center for Global Studies Global Leadership Certificate.

Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

What is Global Health?

Global health is a relatively new concept emerging two decades to describe health problems, issues, and concerns that transcend national boundaries and which may be influences by circumstances or experiences in other countries which are best addressed by cooperative actions and solutions (Institute of Medicine, USA 1997).

Global health education and research is inherently multidisciplinary involving the fields of social science, natural science, behavioral science, law, economics, engineering, environmental science, and agriculture.

Course Objectives

  • Identify key differences in burden of disease, nutrition, healthcare systems, and access across the world
  • Understand role of CDC, WHO, and other international organizations in global health
  • Perform in-depth analysis of disease and compare challenges and solutions across different social, economic, and developmental contexts
  • Relate healthcare issues to broader societal issues including politics, ethics, economics, and resource availability
  • Propose a plan for better healthcare access and equity

Visit the Understanding Global Health website for full details.

To Apply

Program Fees & Scholarships

  • Non-refundable application fee: $25 due at time of application.
  • Non-refundable program deposit: $250 due at time of registration.
  • Total program cost per student:

    • Domestic Residential Student – $900 (includes all academic programs, residence hall accommodations, and all meals)
    • Domestic Commuter Student – $450 (includes all academic programs, lunches, and 2 group dinners)
    • International Student – $1500 (includes all academic programs, residence hall accommodations, and all meals) CGS Summer Programs are partially supported by a US Department of Education T6 Grant. We are unable to offer the subsidized price to international students due to funding regulations.  
  • International Students should contact the Center for Global Studies to make specific arrangements for your participation. International students that require additional support (such as ESL assistance) may incur additional costs.
  • Academic Program fee waivers are need-based and can range from $250 – $900. In order to be considered for a waiver, please complete a Financial Aid (available February 1, 2017) form and return it to the Center for Global Studies by May 31, 2017. International students are not eligible for program fee waivers.

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