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GEL - Exploring Global Health and Policy Development
Geneva, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring
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Program Type: Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Areas of study: Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Studies, Public Health
Academic area: Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy Satisfies foreign language requirement: No
Credit bearing: Yes Minimum GPA: 2.9
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Graduate student Language of instruction: English
Housing options: Hostel/Hotel
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Program Description: Students travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Assembly (WHA). Prior to and during this trip, students learn how global health policy is shaped, how various health professions work within this interdisciplinary landscape, and explore the diverse cultural regions of Switzerland. When in Switzerland, students get the unique opportunity to see first-hand how policy is discussed and developed in the global landscape by participating in the WHA meetings held at the United Nations. Students will also have an opportunity to visit and meet with other organizations such as the WHO, Doctors without Borders, ICRC and participate in several professional networking opportunities.  This is an experiential course utilizing discussion, inquiry and exploration of international health care policy creation.

Accommodation/Meals: We will be staying at Warwick hotel, which is located in the center of Geneva center and right across the street from the main train station. Students will stay in double rooms, with breakfast and wifi included.  Several meals will be provided; however some lunches and dinners students will need to purchase on their own. 

Program Cost: $4,380. This includes roundtrip airfare, hotel, tuition, trains, trams, breakfast, and most dinners. Price does not include personal expenses, visas (if needed), and a few dinners.

Visa: No visa required for US citizens. Other nationalities should verify with the Swiss Embassy regarding possible visa requirements.

What students say about this trip:

“This trip gave me a new perspective on how major health issues are addressed on a global level. It was a great opportunity to educate myself on some of the issues I encounter in pharmacy practice such as vaccinations and antimicrobial resistance programs. It also sparked my interest in other public health issues such as non-communicable diseases and health emergencies. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to attend several side meetings, which I found to be very interesting and educational.  It is a great experience and a unique opportunity to witness the global health policy making process in action.”   
---Nehad Mikhael | Pharmacy Student, ’19

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 “Attending the WHA was an extremely valuable experience. As a future healthcare provider, our classroom education heavily emphasizes preventative health. The conference gave me an opportunity to see how it is implemented on a much larger scale, and the different entities that play a role. I got to see the importance of international health on the front line, giving me fresh perspective as a future clinician. This trip was the final push I needed to pursue the dual PA/MPH degree offered at Shenandoah because I know that a Master’s in public health will open more avenues for me to advocate for my patients by implementing initiatives and improving outcomes. The Geneva GEL trip was an amazing opportunity. It allowed me to see the diversity of healthcare in other countries, as well as the interaction on an international level with policy making and health initiatives. It helped educate me on the other platforms of healthcare and highlighted key ways to help make a difference. I highly recommend the trip for anyone interested in global health or policy making, or anyone that simply wants to know more about it.” 

---Christina Wojnarwsky | Physician Assistant Studies, ’18

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