University of Haifa Partnership Update

I recently returned from a trip abroad to the University of Haifa in Mount Carmel, Israel.  If you have been reading along on my blog, you will know that we, CHHS, have been working with the University of Haifa (UH) to establish a Global Health Graduate summer program as a study abroad option for WKU students as well as an international teaching option for faculty within CHHS. This recent trip cemented our contract with the UH and we are pleased to announce that we will be offering this new program to our students starting this Summer 2017.

Fellow colleagues and administrators from the University of Haifa in Israel.

Our partnership with the UH will help pave the way for our students who are interested in studying health care delivery on a global scale. This experiential learning opportunity offers 3-6 weeks of coursework and integration of learning with students from other countries, other cultures and other health systems. WKU students are able to take up to 12 hours at the University of Haifa from the following classes offered:

  • Public Health Perspective
  • Leadership and Management in International Organizations
  • Global Health Systems
  • Community Health
  • Psychological & Behavioral Factors in Global Health
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Managing Health Communication Initiatives
  • Community Health-Field Experience

I am also pleased to announce, that yours truly will be teaching the Leadership and Management in International Organizations course this summer at the UH. I am excited about this opportunity of getting back into the classroom and engaging with students of various cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. This course will provide an introduction and overview to leadership and management in global public health sectors. The course will also make extensive use of actual global issues the students face and provide a strong theoretical foundation to support and extend effective practice of leadership in a variety of cultural settings. I am very much looking forward to teaching this course in an opportunistic, and historically rich setting.

This opportunity for study abroad would not even be an option for some of our students had it not have been for the generous gifts received from our donors. Our donors are equipping WKU to fund student scholarships, as they see the benefit of students engaging in these experiential learning opportunities. As Malcolm X once stated, “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” I am ever in debt to the hands and feet of those that have helped prepare the way for our students, your impact today will benefit the future of our global health care system.

For more information on our new Global Health Graduate summer program at the University of Haifa, please contact CHHS Communications Specialist Susan Megahee .

Until Next Time,