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Ramapo College - Ghana: Public Health in West Africa (Summer)
Accra, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Sponsor: Ramapo College of New Jersey 
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/02/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Discipline of Study: Africana Studies, Allied Health Technologies, Community Mental Health, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Relations, Gender Studies, International Studies, Nursing, Public Sociology, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Guest House Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Status: 2nd year (Sophomore), 3rd year (Junior), 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior) Program Type: Study
Program Description:
Program Description:
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Roukema Center for International Education
Office of Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs
"Ghana - An Exploration of Public Health"
Credits: 4 
Program Location:  Kumasi, Ghana
Term: Summer 
Minimum GPA: 2.5
All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible. Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.

ProfBurke Professor Maisha Amen
Elaine Patterson
Professor of Nursing
Kathy Burke, RN
Assistant Dean of Nursing Programs
Maisha M. Amen
Associate Professor Nursing
Course Description - "Public Health in West Africa" (NURS 365)
Students will travel from Ramapo College – New Jersey to Ghana. They will reside and visit three main locations in Ghana: Kumasi (the main program base), Cape Coast & Accra. In each location, visits and guest lectures will allow the students to get first-hand contact and converse with members of the local and international healthcare communities, officials, as well as African students and academicians. Our academic base for the program will be at Ramapo's partner institution Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Kumasi. The study abroad program will also include guided tours of major historical and tourist attractions. A high proportion of countries with the poorest health indices in the world are located in West Africa and continuing problems in the sub region pose considerable challenge at efforts to improve the health of people living there. (
Studying in Ghana
This study abroad program is designed for students who have an interest in healthcare or social sciences. The number of students is capped, so apply early. This study trip can be used to satisfy the general education - international issues category as well as satisfying the community assessment assignment of the NURS 415 Patterns of Community Health nursing capstone course. 
Prior to starting the program, there will be 15-hours of online instruction and a 2 hour pre-departure orientation session (attendance is mandatory). A Ghanaian nurse will give a brief overview of the country, politics, and healthcare practices. She will discuss the recent history and its impact on the infrastructure of the country. She will also review standards of behavior expected of all students. The course faculty will share prior experiences with working in Ghana and provide protocol expectation. 
Upon return, students will attend a debriefing session on campus.
Our course of study  
The objective of this study abroad program to Ghana, West Africa is to expose students to differences in healthcare environments and the cultural implications for healthcare. This program offers a comprehensive overview of community healthcare in Ghana as well as introduction to African civilization, society, and culture. 
By the end of the study abroad program, students will appreciate the impact that politics play on the delivery of healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa. Students will also experience the impact that the work of Ramapo nursing faculty has on transforming the curriculum. 
On return to RCNJ after these experiential learning opportunities students will make presentations to students and faculty groups about their lived experiences.
This program is in keeping with Ramapo’s mission of international education, intercultural understanding, and experiential learning opportunities. On return from this trip, students will be able to:
  1. Draw comparisons between their own culture and that of Ghanaians
  2. Analyze the health needs in the population of Ghana
  3. Differentiate between the health care systems in the US and Ghana 
  4. Identify the role of the nurse/health care worker within the health system of Ghana 
  5. Compare and contrast community healthcare practices between their own environments and that of Ghana

Students will reside in local guesthouses close to the University and Clinics.

Manhyia Palace Museum (Kumasi)
Animwah Medical Centre (Emena)
Juaben & Kwaso
Kente Cloth Weaving (Bonwire)
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (Kumasi)
Kumasi Cultural Centre (Kumasi)
Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
Kintampo Waterfalls
Last Bath (Assin Manso)
Elmina Castle (Cape Coast)
University of Cape Coast (Cape Coast)
Kakum Park (Cape Coast)
Ghana Ministry of Health (Accra)
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (Accra)
Mamprobi/Amasaman Polyclinic (Accra)
Student Assessment 
The final grade will be based on two assignments: your field log and the production of a community assessment document that will be used to compare healthcare in Ghana with that of your local community.
Program cost: $4150
(non-NJ Residents = $5320)
Program cost includes: r/t airfare to Ghana; tuition for 4 credits; lodging; most meals; comprehensive international health insurance; entry visa fees; all excursions and entrance fees. 
Program cost does not include: U.S. Airport Transfer, some meals, immunization costs and personal expenses

Payment Timeline
Commitment &
$500 Deposit (non-refundable)
March 29
Payment #1: $1200 April 15
Payment #2: $1200 May 1
Payment #3: $1250 May 15
Late Fees
A late fee of $35 will be assessed for each payment not received by the payment deadlines communicated to you by the International Programs Office. Note: There will be a 3-day grace period before a late fee is assessed.
For further information, contact
The Roukema Center for International Education
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road - ASB123, Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA
Telephone: (201) 684-7533

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