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Program Description:

Program Overview     

Introduction to global health concepts with application to designated study abroad site (course description). Students and faculty will visit the on-site nutrition center where families (mothers and children) with stable malnourished children receive restorative care and education, the team will also prepare supplies for brigades at this site. The team will travel to remote villages (4) and set up health brigades offering primary care, dental care, screenings (anemia and hypertension), deworming medications, nutritional support and other services. While at a village the team will pour a cement floor (1-2/village) in a community home. The team will also visit a maternity hospital and provide newborn packs to new mothers.

Students and faculty will travel to San Francisco de Yoga, Honduras to Mama Project ( site. Mama Project staff accompany group during entire stay; to and from airport (San Pedro Sula, Honduras), medical brigades, visit to maternity hospital and local tourist destinations. Student and faculty will stay at Mama Project hacienda for duration of trip, building and grounds are secured in a gated compound, purified water is provided, meals are prepared by Mama Project staff, students and faculty can assist with meal preparation and clean up. Mama Project staff visit local communities to determine appropriateness for medical brigade. Medical brigades are arranged by Mama Project staff with local community leaders and educators. Students and faculty attend a pre-travel orientation, trip information is provided in addition to information regarding cultural customs, safety, food and water security, advice regarding current CDC guidelines for immunizations, malaria prophylaxis, and management of gastro-intestinal illnesses. 

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • This course is open to Nursing majors only from any campus.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of - information regarding housing not available at this time.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Marianne Adam by emailing

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must contact program leader, Marianne Adam.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2018 08/22/2017
Rolling Admission 03/03/2018 03/10/2018
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Marianne Adam by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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