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Sydney Health Students Abroad - HSBH3012

Year - 2020

Cultural practices, disease patterns and healthcare systems are vastly different in different countries around the globe. This unit provides students with the opportunity to gain international experience in a health services setting in a developing country. Students will participate in a 4-6 week health or care placement with a community-based organisation in South or Southeast Asia. As part of the unit, you will be expected to participate in local development programs, live within the community that you are visiting, and document and reflect on key health and development issues facing local populations. The unit will require you to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and an ability to adapt to new environments, a capacity for critical reflection and awareness of complex global health and development issues.

Online pre-departure lectures and briefing session, half-day debriefing session.

Pre-departure research (30%), field diary (30%), report (40%)

Additional information
Students interested in participating must obtain permission from their course director before enrolling in FHS Abroad. Some degrees require participants have a minimum credit average.


A minimum of 48 credit points


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Intensive December

23 Nov 2020

Department/School: Health Sciences
Study Mode: Professional practice
Census Date: 04 Dec 2020
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? Yes
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Nikki Wedgewood
HECS Band: 2
Courses that offer this unit

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