What happens when Southeast Asia is combined with communicable disease prevention programs and community health? The result is a new USF College of Public Health summer study abroad program based in Malaysia.
As our world rapidly becomes more and more globalized, organizations in every field seek employees not only with a degree and experience, but someone with significant cross-cultural experiences as well. Study abroad programs can provide invaluable exposure that makes students more marketable to employers.
Led by Azliyati Azizan, PhD, an assistant professor of global health in the college, the study abroad program in Southeast Asia gives students the opportunity to gain both cross-cultural and hands-on experiences in the field of global communicable diseases and health.
Over the course of three weeks, students have the opportunity to apply public health practices in rural and urban settings, while learning about Malaysia’s unique and diverse culture. Topics addressed in the program include: Tuberculosis and leprosy control, vector control, water supply in rural areas, and malaria research.
In addition to classroom instruction, the study abroad features multiple excursions to visit NGO’s, cultural villages, and festivals, as well as tours of two major cities, Kuala Lumpur and Kuching. Students may also elect to extend their travel for one week and continue their studies in Thailand.
The study abroad program is open to everyone, including non-USF students. The deadline to register is April 1 and space is still available for the May 27- June 27 program.
“This is one of the most affordable and unique academic trips that USF offers and the cost will not exceed the amount charged in previous years,” Dr. Azizan said. Tuition support is available for the three credit hour course.
To learn more about the study abroad program in Malaysia and to reserve a spot, visit the program’s website. Specific questions not addressed on the website may be directed to Dr. Azizan or the USF Education Abroad Office.
Story by Victoria Danforth, USF College of Public Health.