Global Learning

Affordable and accessible learning abroad, service journeys, and scholar exchange programs

Global learning at Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden inspires, informs, and equips nursing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become global citizens and health care providers. The Rutgers–Camden Learning Abroad program immerses nursing students in experiential, "hands-on" health care across international settings. In collaboration with our multi-disciplinary partners, nursing students are encouraged to explore courses dedicated to foreign language, population health, and history. Our academic community strives to make a difference in its home city of Camden and is committed to scholarly exchange with leading academic partners around the world.

Spanish Immersion: Advancing Health Equity and Access

The School of Nursing–Camden is enhancing opportunities for health care providers to advance health equity for underserved Latino and immigrant communities. Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language (IFLE) office, the School is expanding its Learning Abroad programs in Spanish-speaking countries and enrollment in Spanish Literacy for Health Care Providers courses.

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Spanish Literacy for Health Care Providers

Over 37 million people in the United States speak Spanish as their native language and more than 16 million have limited English proficiency.  Health professionals across disciplines can enroll in the following courses designed to prepare them to effectively communicate, treat, and serve Spanish-speaking persons in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices.

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  • 940:127 Spanish for the Medical Professions I, 3 credits
    This introductory course offers students with no prior knowledge of Spanish the ability to develop communication skills specifically adapted to the health care environment.
  • 940:227 Spanish for the Health Professions II, 3 credits
    This intermediate course is for students with prior knowledge of Spanish who are interested in developing and improving their communication skills in order to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients, co-workers and professionals.
  • 940:327 Spanish for the Health Professions III, 3 credits
    This course is for the near native, heritage, or native Spanish speaker who has had little to no formal training in the language. Students taking the course should have a need to communicate in Spanish within a clinical setting.
Learning Abroad: Population Health in Cuba through Community Development

This learning-abroad seminar and course offers undergraduate and graduate students an overview of population health through the lens of community development within the Republic of Cuba. This course introduces key concepts of the Cuban health care system and sustainable community development: Why they are important, and how connections among social, cultural, educational and environmental systems are core to successful community development and health.

Contact: Nancy Pontes, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing–Camden,
Travel Date: March 10-18, 2018
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Service Learning Journey: Health and Healing in Guatemala

This seminar and course introduces students to health and healing in Guatemala, one of many developing countries in the Americas with significant poverty and health disparities. Classroom and field experiences focus on demographic, socio-cultural, spiritual, economic, legal, and political factors influencing population health and healthcare delivery.

Contact: Kevin Emmons, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing–Camden,
Travel Date: March 9-18, 2018
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Service Learning Journey:  Health and Healing in Bolivia

This seminar and course introduces students to health and healing in Bolivia, one of the most poverty-stricken countries in the Western Hemisphere, with the aim of helping students to gain a deeper understanding of health and healing in this developing country.

Contact:  Jeanann Sousou, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing–Camden,
Travel Date: August 13-29, 2018
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History of Women in Health Care

This learning abroad course provides students with a broad study of the historical and human science literature regarding notable women in health care. Students will travel to England and Ireland, while they examine the life stories and contributions to health care of notable selected women from the British Isles, Central Europe, and the United States.

Contact:  Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, Associate Dean of Baccalaureate Programs, School of Nursing–Camden,
Travel Date: May 19-30, 2018
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Scholar Exchange Programs

Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden is deeply invested in global initiatives, forging partnerships with universities around the world who provide an extraordinary opportunity for our students to become leaders in public health, working across disciplines to integrate expertise in public policy, foreign language, and business with the goal of promoting optimal health.

Semmelweis University – Budapest, Hungary

Rutgers University–Camden and Semmelweis University — Hungary’s oldest medical school and one of Europe’s leading centers of health sciences— signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding in September 2015 to build a framework for collaboration that focuses on the introduction of the Erasmus+ mobility program, a faculty and student exchange, and the establishment of joint research and scholarship primarily exploring emergency care, infection control, and health care policies in the European Union.

University of Havana – Havana, Cuba

Health equity for underserved Latino and immigrant populations will be broadened at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, which has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language office to strengthen Spanish language skills among students and faculty. With this recent funding, Dr. Nancy Pontes, an assistant professor of nursing who serves as the grant’s primary investigator, will work with interdisciplinary colleagues to introduce a population health study abroad program in Cuba, where Rutgers already has a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Havana.