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Public Health in Ghana


Join Evans Afriyie-Gyawu, PhD and Emily Eisenhart, MA on a 4-week journey through the country of Ghana as you complete a rewarding internship/practicum/preceptorship experience in West Africa, and learn about the successes and challenges of developing effective public health infrastructure.

APPLY NOW (Deadline February 2, 2020)

Course Titles and Credits:

Students pursuing the DrPH, MPH, BSPH or with the Center for Addiction Recovery will be required to enroll in 3 credit hours. Students have the opportunity to select from the following:
PUBH 9790 – Doctoral Preceptorship in Public Health
PUBH 7790 – Practicum in Public Health
PUBH 4195 – International Studies Abroad in Health and Promotion
PUBH 4090 – Selected Topics in Public Health

Graduate and undergraduate students outside of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health may all also apply for and participate on this program for elective credit as approved by their home departments.


Students should possess a 2.5 GPA at the time of application and achieved Sophomore status, with no active disciplinary record.  All students must be fully admitted to the institution, and at least 18 years of age by the program departure date.

Dates of Program:
June 30- July 30, 2020 (Summer Long-Term)*
*Dates can vary by two days at the start and end of the program, depending on airfare arrival and departure dates.

Program Cost:

Includes: Rountrip airfare to Ghana, all ground transportation for group activities; lodging for the duration of the program; breakfast and dinner most days; all required tour and excursion fees; visa processing, and a medical travel insurance plan.

Additional Costs: Tuition & fees, additional meals beyond those provided, any required immunizations or prophylaxes, passport fees, or incidental expenses and souvenirs.

Nature and Purpose of the Program:
The 4-week trip will be organized in coordination with the University of Cape Coast, the Kommfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, and the Hopeful Way Foundation. Through a placement and work assignment of 300 hours, this program will enhance experiential learning in the areas related to: infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS research/counseling/global health policies, birth defects, water quality and quantity in developing countries, rural health, malaria studies, pesticide applications & public health implications, food processing and restaurant inspections, water purification, waste management, etc. The Center for Addiction Recovery students’ experience will incorporate recovery-oriented service-learning (much like their on-campus curriculum) through their work in mental health facilities in Ghana.

During the program students will have the opportunity to tour professional and educational facilities and interact with their counterparts there.  In addition to their placement experience, students will be able to observe traditional African cultures and interact with Ghanaian residents from diverse backgrounds to learn about the cultures and sub-cultures of Ghana.

Example Excursions and Activities:

  • Placement and 300 hours of internship, practicum, or preceptorship work
  • Visits to Cape Coast and the Elmina castles
  • Trip to the Kakum National Park
  • Meeting and learning from professionals and locals about public health and culture in Ghana
  • Visits to Kumasi and Accra, and a safari tour
  • Walking excursions of the Aburi Gardens and other attractions

TENTATIVE Application and Payment Schedule:

Program Application and $300.00 Program Deposit/Visa Fee/Mandatory travel insurance: Due TBD
Airfare of $2,000: Due TBD
1st Program Payment of $1,505: Due TBD
2nd Program Payment of $1,465 + $40.00 insurance payment: Due TBD

All payments should be made through the Georgia Southern Studies Abroad “Public Health in Ghana” Marketplace webpage.

Refund information:

If for some reasons a student (who has made partial or full payment) cannot participate in the program, below is the refund policy:

  • Program Application fee of $100 is non-refundable at any time.
  • 100% of the Visa Application fee and charges is non-refundable after February 3, 2020.
  • 100% of the amount received from the student (except for the application fee and visa fees) will be refunded if a student withdraws before airfare tickets are purchased.
  • Limitations on airfare refunds. If a student withdraws from the program and requests a refund after Airline Tickets have been purchased and 24 hours prior to departure time, all airline fees and charges (associated with ticket cancellation) will be deducted from the purchase price of the ticket.
  • 100% of the amount for housing/hotel, meals, excursions, and other program fees which will not be used in the U.S. will be refunded if a student withdraws before June 2, 2020.


Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Dr. Evans Afriyie-Gyawu, College of Public Health –
Office of International Programs and Services, –

Last updated: 1/22/2014