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January Course in Thailand


Families and Healthcare in Thailand

is a 3-credit learning abroad course that will be offered from December 26, 2011 - January 15, 2012,

See http://www.d.umn.edu/ieo/programs/Thailand/Thailand.htm

The three week multidisciplinary course is packed with cultural experiences and families and health-related seminars on topics such as hill tribe family life and a visit to a Hmong village, community-based approaches to HIV-AIDS, issues and solutions related to human trafficking, child care in a slum area in Bangkok, Thai education and public health systems, traditional and holistic health approaches including Thai massage, medical tourism and the globalization of health care, environmental issues and their impact on Thai families. Students will also learn how to cook Thai food, visit cultural landmarks such as the Grand Palace in Bangkok and Doi Sutep in Chiang Mai, and shadow university students in Chiangrai.

The course is co-led by Catherine Solheim, Family Social Science-TC campus, and Jill Klingner, Healthcare Business-UMD campus. Dr. Solheim has extensive experience in Thailand and speaks the language fluently. She brings expertise in global family systems and culture to this learning opportunity. Dr. Klingner worked as a nurse in a Thai refugee camp in the 1980s and has traveled in Thailand many times. Her expertise in this course focuses on cultural aspects of health and healthcare business in a global context. Drs. Klingner and Solheim co-led a similar learning abroad course in 2010.

The course fee of approximately $6,000 covers 3-credits tuition, program fees, insurance, round trip airfare - Minneapolis-Bangkok, round trip airfare - Bangkok-Chiang Mai, all ground transportation, lodging including all breakfasts, some other meals, and all course-related activity fees. Evening meals are generally on your own as well as any extra excursions during breaks.

Applications are now being accepted through UMD's International Education Office at http://www.d.umn.edu/ieo/apply.htm

Students from all majors at UM campuses are welcome to participate; credits are easily transferred from UMD to UM-TC. The 3 credit course has been approved as an advanced core elective in Family Social Science. Non-FSoS students should check with their advisers to see if the course can be approved for their program of study.

Interested students should contact Dr. Cathy Solheim (csolheim@umn.edu).

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