2017 Honors in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Population Health in Action

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Zimbabwe:  Population Health in Action

Unit: Honors Program, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Program Dates: July 24 – August 23, 2017 (Summer B term)

This program will award the following credits of Honors core requirements and UW electives:

Course Credits Credit Type
Honors 391 5 Honors Interdisciplinary (VLPA/ I&S), "DIV" and "W"
Honors 221 5 Honors Science "W"
Honors 391/ NURSING/ GLOBAL HEALTH 2 Honors Special Topics - does not count toward Honors core requirements
Honors 222 (optional SPR 2017) 5 Honors Science, "DIV" and "W"

Information Sessions

Dec. 7, 12:30, MGH 173R

Jan. 10, 3:00. MGH 211B

About the Program

A unique opportunity to view public health in practice, this Zimbabwe immersion experience with the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS) Zichire Program, will allow evolving learners interested in global health careers to have a first hand experience learning how accruing an evidence-basis in resource-limited settings is crucial for population health.  A core component of this study abroad is learning how public health research is translated to implementation of programs and policies.

Students will attend a one week seminar during their first week in Harare that sets the stage for public health and implementation science in practice.  Then students will be divided into smaller groups for active learning experiences. Two groups of students will first shadow 1) public health field epidemiology officers, and 2) clinical and community practitioners. Lastly, students will convene back in Harare and be embedded with: 1) public health researchers, and implementers, as they carry out their duties.

Student experiences will be documented in their Honors Learning Portfolios. Students will share their experiences and lessons learned with each other and UZCHS faculty and fellows in a final seminar. 

Program Credit/Course Descriptions

HONORS 391 (I&S/ NW) / GH/ NURSING - 5 credits “W” “DIV”
“Public Health in Action: Research and Implementation in Zimbabwe”
This course will look at public health in action and implementation science in Zimbabwe. Students will learn about the HIV/AIDS epidemic as well as chronic diseases. A comparative reflective model of learning will investigate policy and implementation as well as funding models for public health practices in Zimbabwe, and other countries in Africa, and the U.S.

HONORS 221 (NW) / GH/ NURSING - 5 credits “W”
“Ethical Research Fundamentals in Internships”

This course is based on directed internships and will be facilitated by the instructors and community partners.
Students will be divided into three groups, with groups 'attached' to shadow practitioners to one of three sites in consecutive order: 1) public health research; 2) public health field epidemiology practice; and 3) clinical primary care practice.

HONORS 391 (I&S/NW) / GH / NURSING - 2 credits “W”

“Reflecting on Community Internships”

This course will not fulfill Honors core requirements, as it is only 2 credits.  Instead, it will count as a UW elective.

This course is the reflective write up of the experiences students are engaged in with the community. Students will document their coursework and internships in the Honors Portfolio and will use the portfolio to present their experience in the larger community in Zimbabwe (as well as when they return to the U.S.)

HONORS 222 (NW) / GH - 5 credits “W” and “DIV”
“HIV/AIDS: Issues and Challenges”

Optional, but strongly recommended, to be taken in Spring 2017

This course outlines the global challenges of HIV/AIDS and efforts to control AIDS epidemics.

Students will be required to write a 15 page research paper focused on the Sustainable Development Goals, set in 2015 (http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/) to be achieved by 2030. Students will choose a lower or middle-income country and describe what their country's Health Goal is, and how it applies to the in-country AIDS epidemic. As part of SDGs, countries have committed to a 90-90-90 target for their AIDS epidemics. Students will summarize the current in-country AIDS epidemic in terms of its epidemiology (disease transmission and spread) and compare it to the epidemic in that country in 2000. Students will describe in-country HIV/AIDS evidence-based prevention and treatment (medical/clinical and/or behavioral), and social or economic programs that were designed to reduce the in-country AIDS epidemic. Students will then document the evidence on how their country is progressing in its 90-90-90 goals, and explain whether and why they think their chosen country will or will not achieve its 90-90-90 goal by 2030. Students will provide documented evidence from research, WHO/UNAIDS/CDC/USAID reports, as well as in-country Ministry of Health reports to back up their explanations.

Program Leadership

Co-Director, Danuta Kasprzyk is a Research Professor at the Department of Family and Child Nursing and Global Health. She spent the first six years of her career on the faculty at the University of Washington, in the Department of Community Health Care Systems, in the School of Nursing. She then moved to Battelle and was a research scientist for over 20 years in the Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation. The primary driver in her research has been to determine what motivates behavior, so programs can be built to encourage healthy behaviors, whether via primary or secondary prevention. She co-developed the Integrated Behavioral Model and has used it extensively to predict and change behavior.

Co-Director, Daniel Montaño, Research Professor, Global Health Research Professor, Family and Child Nursing, and Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Global Health has over 30 years of experience conducting health behavior and primary care research, including investigation of factors affecting health behaviors, assessment of health behaviors, and evaluation of behavior change interventions. He is an internationally recognized expert in attitude measurement, behavioral theory, and research to design communication for behavior change. Dr. Montaño co-developed the Integrated Behavioral Model. Much of his work has been in HIV/STD prevention and cancer screening behaviors. Dr. Montaño has conducted studies with primary care clinicians and patients, large-scale community-based studies, and national and regional surveys of clinicians. Most of his research includes both qualitative and quantitative methods.
There will also be 2 on-site coordinators assisting with the program, Norest Beta and Stephen Machokoto.

Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $6,850 (students do not pay tuition; program fee and concurrent enrollment fee only)

Average Airplane Ticket: $2,000

Out of pocket food costs:  Lodging Meals and transportation will be prepaid and included in the program fee. Students only need to provide for personal expenses.

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable UW Study Abroad Fee $350 July 7, 2017
Program Fee Balance $6,850 July 7, 2017

Making the program affordable

The Honors Program is passionate about study abroad and the incredible impact it can have on a student’s life.  An education grounded in a global context provides life long skills and lifelong memories. Studying abroad deepens study at home and provides a foundation for expanded reflection and self-growth, all core tenets of the Honors Program. We want everyone to experience study abroad. Don’t assume you can’t afford to study outside of the U.S. Here are resources to help you get started on your global adventures!

Honors Program Scholarships

The Honors Program offers a number of scholarships for current Honors Program students. These scholarship funds may be used for UW approved study abroad programs or exchanges. Students may apply beginning in January (deadline is April 1).

Study Abroad Scholarships at UW

The UW offers several scholarships to support students interested in studying abroad whether through a faculty led program or an exchange program. A few opportunities include GO! and Fritz.

Visit the The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity’s Global Opportunities website to learn about more scholarship opportunities.

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

The summer 2017 Gilman International Scholarship application will open in mid-January 2017. Applications are due March 7, 2017 by 11:59pm (Central Time) and the certifying advisor deadline is March 14.

There are several outside resources for study abroad scholarships. Visit the UW’s Study Abroad Scholarship page for more information on scholarship support as well as information about GET funds and how you may apply the GET to your study abroad costs.

Using Financial Aid for Study Abroad

You may find more information about using your existing financial aid for study abroad on the Study Abroad Office’s Financial Aid webpage.  In general, all financial aid awarded may be used to support study abroad. Exceptions to this include tuition waivers, work-study awards, or scholarships that are specific about using the award for tuition (although there may be flexibility with some scholarships, please check with the financial aid office). Tuition waivers and work-study are never allowed for study abroad.

Revision of Need

You may also turn in a “Revision of Need” form with the Financial Aid Office if you have a FAFSA on file.  Once you are accepted to a study abroad program, visit the Study Abroad Office to obtain a budget for your study abroad program then complete the Revision Request and turn in both the budget and the revision request to the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Financial Aid Study Abroad Funding Website for more information about applying for Summer quarter financial aid and for information about Exploration Seminar financial aid timeline (different than A or B term financial aid disbursement timeline).

You may also contact Honors Program Director Julie Villegas (villegas@uw.edu) if you would like to discuss additional resources and strategies.


Students will be housed in a private lodge/apartment setting for the first week of their program.  It was selected based on its guaranteed security and full-meal plans available.  Students will then travel to two other sites, where they will stay in Ministry of Health housing (apartments affiliated with a rural hospital, apartments affiliated with the Provincial Medical Director’s office in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe).

Application Process

This study abroad program is designed for Undergraduates in the Honors Program; Undergraduates in the School of Nursing and Global Health; Undergraduates in Public Health; Select graduate students in the School of Nursing and the Department of Global Health; students in other majors with a focus on health, such as health psychology, medical sociology or anthropology, and students across campus, on a space available basis, who are interested in the topic.

Students who have taken other college-level HIV/AIDS courses (syllabus will need to be provided to Drs. Kasprzyk and Montano) are also able to sign up for the study abroad program. 

Students should be ready to work with a wide variety of individuals including public health practitioners, researchers, clinicians, in both urban and rural LMICs. Students will be representing the University of Washington, and the University of Zimbabwe to communities and entities they will be working with and should be intellectually open and comfortable working with diverse populations.

Apply through the Study Abroad Website.

Deadline Feb. 15, 2017