At Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, you’ll have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience in health care with individuals in underserved international locations.
Occupational Therapy Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) Program
Participate in a 3-week cross-cultural experience in the Dominican Republic that focuses on providing occupational therapy education and treatment. Utilizing the tenets of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), you’ll explore the Dominican culture while providing health-related education to multiple community partners. You’ll also work alongside students and practitioners to utilize promotoras or lay health providers and address the needs of children with disabilities in the barrios of Santiago, Dominican Republic.
Contact Michelle Messer, OTD, OTR/L at MichelleMesser [at] creighton [dot] edu if you have questions.
China Honors Immersion Program (CHIP)
CHIP is a cross-cultural program that promotes international collaboration between health science schools at Creighton and medical universities and hospitals in China. As a U.S. student, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with health care professionals from a different culture and experience a new health care perspective.
Prior to traveling abroad, students enroll in a two-credit hour Cultural Immersion and Experiential Learning in China course that increases their cultural competency and leadership potential. Through a series of seminars, you’ll prepare for successful experiential learning during a one-week intensive in China.
Contact Keli Mu PhD, OTR/L at kelimu [at] creighton [dot] edu or 402.280.5938 to learn more about CHIP.
Course Title: Cultural Immersion and Experiential Learning in China
Credit Hours: 2
Clock Hour: 2
Required: No – elective
Prerequisites: Enrolled full time in a health science program at Creighton University; satisfactory completion of all professional coursework to date; minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average; approval of IOR (see enrollment application process)
Course Description: The focus of this two-credit-hour course is to increase participants’ cultural competency and facilitate their leadership development for societal and global concerns through interprofessional experiential learning in China. Participants will engage in a series of seminars centered on preparation for successful experiential learning in China prior to a weeklong international experience. Through immersion and engagement in various professional activities such as observation, advocacy for evidence-based rehabilitation practice and consultation, participants are expected to enhance cultural competency and foster leadership skills for international health concerns. Such an experiential learning immersion will prepare participants to provide culturally sensitive care and assume leadership roles at the international level. A professional dissemination of the experiential learning experience is expected at the end of the course.
Relationship of Course to Curriculum Design: The course content fits into the professional practice, professional identity and leadership themes. The course assignments are very pragmatic to familiarize students with the consultation role through advocacy for health care services in an international health care environment. Students will be expected to demonstrate leadership skills, as well as an understanding and appreciation for cultural differences in health care.
Relationship of Course to Ignatian Values: This elective course will enable students to experience and exercise the Ignatian values of cura personalis, men and women for and with others and magis. As students immerse themselves in China, engage in experiential learning, interact with different cultures and exercise leadership for global health concerns, students are able to demonstrate these values.
Faculty: Keli Mu, PhD, OTR/L
Course Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
- Demonstrate effective interprofessional team communication and collaboration
- Articulate elements of own cultural values, beliefs and biases that may influence the delivery of care while in China
- Discuss the heritage of the Chinese culture related to health and health care
- Demonstrate knowledge of the social, economic, political, geographic and demographic factors that influence health care delivery and of prevailing health and welfare needs in China
- Demonstrate an awareness of culturally competent health care delivery while in China
- Develop a basic/generic hospital-based program based on data collected prior to the experience and recommendations for adaptation based on a needs assessment
- Promote evidence-based rehabilitation practice in China through advocacy at the hosting medical universities and hospitals
- Analyze the health care delivery observed at the Chinese host clinical site using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a framework
- Demonstrate increased understanding of professional responsibility, culturally aware practice and health care related to social justice, as well as of their professional role in China