FHS Abroad (HSBH5001)


Cultural practices, disease patterns and healthcare systems are vastly different in different countries around the globe. This unit provides students with the opportunity to work with non-government organisations in a developing country for up to six weeks. Countries where students can be placed include Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Nepal. As part of the unit students will be expected to participate in local development programs, live within the community that they are visiting, and document key health and development issues facing local populations. The unit will require that students illustrate project management skills; develop an awareness of cultural issues facing individuals and organisation in your host country; and, illustrate your capacity to document and report on local health issues.

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Full day briefing session, half day debiefing session


Pre-departure research paper (20%), field diary (30%), placement report (40%) and presentation (10%)

Practical work

4-6 weeks working with a community-based organisation in a developing country

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