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 April 6-15, 2019 (April 6th and 15th are travel days). 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.
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.
One student took her love of running to new levels when she went on the Italy Immersion trip last year.
At 41 years old, Jacqueline Binsol is a registered nurse, mother of four, marathon runner and Master of Health Administration (MHA) student at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is a real-life superhero and unofficial “energizer bunny.”
Binsol ran her first half marathon in September 2011 and has run many half marathons, 10Ks, and Spartan Races with her husband since. She was forced to take a break after foot surgery for a painful bunionectomy last December, but she’s been easing her way back into training.
“While immersed in the culture, I was happy to be able to squeeze in some training time in the early morning and late night with one of the other students who enjoyed running, while basking in the beauty of the towns we visited in Italy,” Binsol said.
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. Binsol even found a student who shared her love of running.
“The Italy Immersion trip allowed me to experience the culture and beauty of San Marino and multiple cities in Italy,” Binsol said. “I was able to meet wonderful classmates and collaborate with them about Italy’s universal healthcare design.”
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.
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 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.
For more information please contact Dr. Amy Herrington at [email protected]