The goals of the eight-week summer program in Moshi, Tanzania are to enhance the cross-cultural competence of participants and to provide students with the opportunity to gain broad knowledge about global health issues in the Tanzanian context. Participants live with a local family and, for the first four weeks of their stay, enroll in a course at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMU-Co). In this course, students learn about current policy issues and work in teams with Tanzanian students to develop, negotiate, write, and present a new policy case study.
During the second half of the program, students contribute forty hours of service per week to a local non-governmental organization, hospital, or government agency through a service project that is tailored to the student's interests in global health. To learn more, download the program handbook.
Applications for Summer 2018 are now open.
NOTE: You may only apply to ONE Global Health Minor Summer Program (Dominican Republic, India, Tanzania, or Zambia).
NS 4630: Global Health, Development, and Policy Issues in Tanzania (4 credits)
Students enroll in a four-week course at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMU-Co), one of the three medical schools in Tanzania. The course is designed to inform students about important global health issues in the country, and to give them the opportunity to work with Tanzanian medical students to develop, negotiate and present ideas on policy issues that are currently affecting the local community. Each policy group consists of two Cornell students and about two Tanzanian medical students. Collectively, the group chooses a topic of interest, collects data on its prevalence and impact, and conducts stakeholder interviews. Ultimately, each group is responsible for formulating a policy case study that outlines sustainable policy options for their topic. The cross-cultural teamwork involved in this process provides an excellent opportunity for students to expand their perspectives on global health issues and to develop friendships with Tanzanian medical students.
While in Tanzania, every student participates in a homestay with a local family. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about life in Tanzanian society and to form strong, lasting relationships with members of the Moshi community. Each student is placed in a homestay with a fellow Cornell student, and all of the homes are located within walking distance of Kilamanjaro Christian Medical University-College (KCMU-Co), where the students are enrolled in a course. Students often find that the most enjoyable moments of their trip are ones spent cooking, shopping, and conversing with their host families.
As part of their service-learning experience in Tanzania, students are placed in a service project with a local NGO, government agency, or hospital that is tailored to their personal interests in global health. The goal of these service projects is to help students gain firsthand experience in dealing with pressing global health issues from a variety of perspectives. All of the service projects are located either in Moshi or a neighboring rural village. Each student may work individually or with other Cornell students at their service project site. Some of the opportunities have a strong healthcare component, while others are more focused on community development. Examples of past service projects include shadowing doctors in a rural hospital setting, teaching and working with students in a home for street children, working at a center for children with disabilities, working with the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation, and teaching at a school in a rural village. To hear more about past student experiences.