For professionals working to improve the health of their communities, it is important to study best practices from around the world. One of the ideal places to learn from is Italy, which the World Health Organization ranks as one of the top health care systems. Add that to its desirability as a tourist location and you have the perfect location for post-professional students and alumni of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences to examine firsthand the impact of health policies and behaviors on health outcomes.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is pleased to offer post-professional students, alumni and their guests an opportunity to attend an international educational trip to Italy scheduled for April 25 – May 3, 2020.
This immersive experience will survey ancient health delivery methods, comparative health systems, traditional health models, and health economics of this country.
Students interested in attending will receive 3-credit hours toward a course upon the successful completion of the trip and required coursework. The majority of the students will register for IPE 7421 (Interprofessional Approaches to Regional and Global Population Health) for the Spring 2020 term; however, there are some exceptions. Please contact your Academic Advisor to determine which course is appropriate for registration. **The course tuition is not included in the cost of the trip.
The university’s post-professional programs include the Doctor of Education (EdD), Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD), Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT), Master of Health Sciences (MHS), Master of Health Administration (MHA) and nursing programs.
Trip Payment Details:
- This trip is eligible for financial aid
- A non-refundable $500 deposit is required from all participants as part of the registration.
- The price for our Italy immersion is:
- $3,600 if not using financial aid and arranging your own flight.
- Or $4,600 if the students are using financial aid with $1000 to be reserved so they can make their own flight arrangements.
What’s Included in the Price:
- Lodging at first-class hotels, in double
- Group dining and stipends for all meals,
accommodation of dietary needs
- In-country transportation on a first-class
tour bus and watercraft
- Entrance fees to planned site visits
- Daily itinerary, identification tag and tote bag
- Associated taxes, fees, tolls, etc.
- Medical coverage while abroad
- Professional liability ($2,000,000 per student)
- Accompaniment by one USAHS faculty member
- Health guides, faculty and seminar leaders
- *USAHS course tuition and fees are NOT INCLUDED in price*
Visas and immunizations are not required.
Note: This immersive experience is considered an educational immersion. All students, alumni, and guests are considered representatives of the university and therefore professional behavior is expected at all times.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 25
Depart any airport for Rome (FCO) for overnight flight. Full details to follow for registered participants.
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
On arrival, a faculty representative from your university will greet you after you clear Customs. A host from Custom Europe will also greet you and take you to your private coach. From here, we will go into Rome for a guided walking tour of “Public Health in Ancient Rome” with a focus on how the Romans introduced public health to the world with laws, regulations and support of the Roman public health care system. You will be in the Coliseum and forum area in the heart of the old Roman Empire. Your tour will end at Trevi Fountain where you will have some free time before a group lunch.
Your host will take you back to your coach where you will leave for Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. Along the way you will have important sites pointed out to you that relate to your immersion, especially Monte Cassino with monasteries that became centres of medical excellence in the 4th-5th centuries.
After check-in at your hotel there will be a Welcome Reception followed by your Welcome Dinner. You will also be introduced to some of your Custom Europe hosts and your tour manager from our Sorrento, office who will be your official hosts for your journey.
MONDAY, APRIL 27
After breakfast at the hotel we begin will an interactive seminar on the Italian health care system, conducted by Italian health care professionals. In the afternoon we will travel the Amalfi Coast to explore climate change, environmental issues, emergency operations in isolated areas, and the economics of each, related to the Italian health care setting.
Dinner is at the hotel at 7:30. All dinners at the hotel are at 7:30.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28
After breakfast the group will journey to a local hospital tour and interaction with hospital officials with breakout sessions in specific disciplines. The activities may include interactions with:
- Health Administration
In late afternoon before dinner optional credit-seeking students have time for group discussions led by university faculty reviewing the events of the previous two days.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
After breakfast we continue our cultural relationships with health care with a faculty-lead session with a focus on the comparison between the US and Italian health care systems. At mid-morning we continue our cultural relationships and will go to Quomos’ Lucky Store, the oldest and most iconic store in Sorrentohttp://www.cuomosluckystore.it/ ).
After lunch we will have guided tour of Sorrento including several health-related site visits related to diet and nutrition.
Thursday, April 30
After breakfast we begin “Pompeii Day.” Here we will be given a guided tour about the ancient Romans in 1279 AD, when Mt. Vesuvius erupted destroying the city of 25,000. The ash preserved the city and today we can see how citizens in those days lived daily lives and how the health issues of that day are many of the same we face today.
Dinner will be at the hotel.
FRIDAY, APRIL 31
After breakfast we will depart for the marina and take the hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri where a variety of health-related topics will be examined. From there we take the hydrofoil across the Bay of Naples for lunch followed by guided tours of The University of Naples medical School/The Museum of the History of Medicine (museo delle Arti Santarie) and the ancient pharmacy next door (Farmacia Degli incurabili). Dinner at hotel.
SATURDAY, MAY 1
Since this is your last full day of excursions, after breakfast there will be faculty time to review and wrap up the academic requirements.
After breakfast students will venture to the Clever Clinic to meet with Italian counterparts for an interactive experience in a variety of related subjects (e.g., rehabilitation treatments, osteopathy, speech therapy etc. . Alternatively, you can with an Italian nurse(s) for an interactive seminar.
Diet and nutrition will be woven in throughout the journey but today it comes full circle. Later during the day, you will go to a farm where you can see how mozzarella cheese is made and be treated to a farm lunch with local delicacies.
This evening your Farewell Dinner is an Italian cooking school which is participatory. A great way to complete a gourmet day. Back at the hotel there is a special surprise for you when you return.
SUNDAY, MAY 2
After breakfast, your private coach will return you to Rome for check-in at an airport hotel for the flight home the next morning. Along the way you will visit the Abbey at Monte Cassino, which will have been pointed out to you on your trip from Rome to Sorrento. Here you will have a guided tour to lionize ancient artifact related to the work of the priests that influenced various aspects of health behavior, the arts and culture, agriculture, and daily living that we can find today and that you will experience every day of your journey.
MONDAY, MAY 3
Depart for USA from FCO airport. Note, if you choose to stay in Rome or Italy on your own either before or after the official trip you certainly may do that. For the return trip, you will arrive the same day.