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Winter in Nicaragua

 
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    About the Program

    NOTICE: The program location has changed for Winter 2022 to Peru, and is expected to resume in Nicaragua for Winter 2023.

    This study abroad course is designed to examine qualitative interventions in public health, determine how an effective intervention is created, and distinguish which approaches are effective and which are not. Students will develop an appreciation of alternative views of the world, develop respect for the creative low technology approaches used to problem solve, and learn hands-on on-the-ground techniques for meeting community needs. We will participate in building  physical structures including latrines and small homes, work on a nutrition education farm, and meet with High School students who want to practice English. In addition students will learn about health programs offered by the government and other organizations by visiting a public health clinic, a women’s health clinic, and a nutrition program. Students will meet with community organizers, families who have been the recipients of interventions, and officials of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work with the community we are visiting.  Students will also learn about the history of the area, visit a beach, a lake, climb a volcano, and give a party with a piñata for local children.

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    Location León, Nicaragua, Nicaragua
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program
    Program Term Winter
    Program Dates TBD
    Language of Instruction English
    Budget Available upon request
    Living Arrangements Rustic Dormitory Style
    Additional Information Faculty-Led study abroad programs may require group travel. Please reach out to your IAP Coordinator prior to making any travel arrangements.
    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.

     Requirements

    GPA 2.0 or higher
    Application Deadline Oct.1 Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, and are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • Academic Information

    Course Information

    Participants will register for a total of 3 credits. 

    HAN 498: International Seminar.

    Public Health Interventions: Understanding What's Needed, What Works, and What Doesn't. This course is designed to examine qualitative interventions in public health, determine how an effective intervention is created, and distinguish which approaches are effective and which are not. Students will learn hands-on on-the-ground techniques for meeting community needs, such as building physical structures, eco-stoves and small homes, or other appropriate projects. Students will meet with community organizers, families who have been the recipients of interventions, and officials of non-governmental organizations that work with the community students will visit. 


    Academic Policies

    • Credits earned on this program will calculate toward a student's GPA at Stony Brook University. Non-SBU students are advised to check their home university policy on grade and credit transfer.
    • Students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) may request for GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirements fulfilled by their coursework.

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