Global Citizenship through Global Health
Keywords:Study abroad, Global citizenship, Global health, New Zealand, Australia, United States
A collaborative study abroad program (between one New Zealand and one U.S. university) on the theme of global health has been offered three times in Australia with 59 students registered to date. The course was developed because it is believed that higher education can play a role in improving global health through the fostering of global citizenship A global citizen is one who is aware of global issues, socially responsible, and civica lly engaged. From this perspective, personal health is not solely an individual , self serving act; rather, the consequences of an individual’s lifestyle behaviors have deep and wide consequences extending to the community, national, and global contexts. Our paper provides a narrative on the framework used to develop the aforementioned global health study abroad course, including 1 ) an initial discussion on the intricate relationship between global citizenship and global health; 2 ) previous evidence demonstrating that short term study abroad has the potential to foster global citizenship; and 3 ) the specific process used to develop the current short term, faculty led, interdisciplinary, experiential study abroad course.
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