The 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 March 7-March 16, 2020. This immersive experience will survey ancient health delivery methods, comparative health systems, traditional health models, and health economics of this country. Student participants in the last trip describe it as a life-changing experience.
“This trip is a trip of a life time,” Italy Immersion Trip Fall 2018 attendee, Richard Dempsey, said. “It provides students with the perspective of instant learning, it triggers questions that can be answered instantly and provides the opportunity for collaboration with other students from other disciplines to get their opinions and input.”
Students agree that the Italy Immersion trip experience opened their eyes to global healthcare and where there is room for improvement in the U.S. healthcare system. They also now bring a new perspective to the way they approach clients and cases with this added knowledge from overseas.
“By meeting and talking with the experts, you get a better idea of how the community feels about their healthcare system and where social injustices and inequalities exist,” Tracy Nornhold, a student who attended a previous trip, said. “This allows us, as students, to formulate ideas and plans to eradicate these inequalities and injustices in hopes of making positive changes in the future of healthcare.”
Learning from local professionals alongside other students develops a connection between classmates and faculty that lasts after the trip. Participating students come from various healthcare professions and encourage each other to broaden skills and look at healthcare issues from a variety of perspective.
“I came into this trip alone but left with 29 new friends and connections overseas,”, Matthew Blimine, Fall 2018 Italy Immersion trip attendee said.
Students said they were in awe of the beauty that surrounded them during the trip and the intense learning opportunity that opened their eyes to global health care. Their focus was to compare the differences between the Italian and U.S. healthcare systems, then formulate strategies to improve their own healthcare provisions.
Credit-seeking students will receive credit towards a designated course upon successful completion of the trip and required course work (IPE7421B or Special Projects). The majority of the students will register for IPE 7421 (Interprofessional Approaches to Regional and Global Population Health) for the Spring 2019 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.