An Interprofessional, Intercultural, Immersive Short-Term Study Abroad Program: Public Health and Service Systems in Rome


  • Sara A. McComb Purdue University
  • Lorenzo Fedele Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Patrick A. Brunese Purdue University
  • Vicki L. Simpson Purdue University



Intercultural, Immersion, Public health, Rome, Italy, Study abroad, Short-term study abroad


The purpose of this paper is to describe a short term study abroad program that exposes engineering and nursing undergraduate students from the United States and Italy to an intercultural and interprofessional immersion experience . Faculty fr om Purdue University and Sapienza Università di Roma collaborated to design a technical program that demonstrates the complementary nature of engineering and public health in the service sector, with Rome as an integral component of the program. S pecifically, the intersection of topics including systems, reliability, process flow, maintenance management, and public health are covered through online lectures, in class activities and case study discussions, field experiences, and assessments. Here in, administrat ive issues such as student recruitment, selection, and preparation are elucidated. Additionally, the pedagogical approach used to ensure constructive alignment among the program goals, the intended learning outcomes, and the teaching and learning activitie s is described. Finally, examples of learning outcomes resulting from this alignment are provided.


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McComb, S. A. ., Fedele, L., Brunese, P. A., & Simpson, V. L. (2019). An Interprofessional, Intercultural, Immersive Short-Term Study Abroad Program: Public Health and Service Systems in Rome. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 31(1), 148–168.