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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Takoradi, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Hotel/hostel Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Faculty Led
Area of Study: Health Education Instructor: Blankson, Faustina
Program Description:

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Health Education Internship & Service Learning

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Earn 6 SlUE credit hours while experiencing the great culture of Ghana. This SIUE faculty-led program offers field study courses
from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.

The five (5) week program will provide students with a unique field experience in international health. By assigning students to health-related non-profit and public organizations, students will have the opportunity to learn about health issues in developing societies and assist in finding solutions to them. Students will also gain invaluable practical experiences that allow and challenge them to apply their skills and knowledge to the field study, as well as cultivate relationships with international communities and organizations. Skills and interests of students will be matched with the organization that provides the best opportunity for them to effectively contribute to the health of the community.

The program is led by Professor Faustina Blankson from SIUE's Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. Professor Blankson is originally from the country of Ghana and maintains close professional ties with various organizations, institutions and individuals in the Accra/Takoradi region. Her professional ties in Ghana allow her to coordinate these unique internship experiences for SIUE students. Students also benefit from her expertise and knowledge of the culture and region.
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Note that the first class meeting will be held December 4, 2016. Please see the faculty leader for time and location.
Health Education Students
HED 499 International Internship Enroll for 2 sections for a total of 6 hours)
HED 462 Special Topics (Enroll for 2 sections for a total of 6 hours)
Students not majoring or minoring in Health Education
HED 462 Special Topics (Enroll for 2 sections for a total of 6 hours)
HED 462 Special Topics (Enroll for 2 sections for a total of 6 hours)


With Ghana's rich history and multi-cultural environment, participating students will be offered the chance to explore various social and cultural sites such as the Elmina castle, Cape Coast castle, Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum, the slave market, the village on stilts, and various museums and art galleries.


Students will live in shared double rooms in student hostels with internet access. Laundry service will be available at a low cost. Meals can be purchased at the Hostel cafeterias.


$4,100 approximately

The program fee includes:
  • Air Ticket (St. Louis to Accra, round trip)
  • Lodging
  • Ground Transportation
  • Field trips and Cultural Experiences
  • Visa Fee
  • CISI Health Insurance

The program fee does not include:
  1. SIUE tuition
  2. Meals (budget $500)
  3. Personal Expenses (budget $300)
  4. Passport fees
  5. Books and materials
  6. SIUE Technology Fee

Payment Schedule:
December 9, 2016  $300
January 13, 2017   $1,500
February 3, 2017   $1,500
March 17, 2017     $ 800

Payments by credit card are made online through your study abroad application.  Payments by check will require a payment slip available from the Study Abroad Office (SSC 0300).  Your application will not show the received payment immediately but will update after the payment is processed.

 NOTE: Enrollment in this program is limited to 8 student participants. Students are encouraged to apply early.


For more information contact:

Professor Faustina Blankson
Office: SIUE Vadalabene Center, 1029

Dates / Deadlines:

This program is no longer accepting applications.