Doctoral-level students in the PhD and DNP programs have the opportunity to explore global health care during the summer course, GPNS 917 Transcultural Care and Global Health Perspectives. This course explores the impact of globalization on health care and health care planning, and the need to design health care systems that are responsive to diverse cultural needs. The focus is on select global health problems assessed in a multidisciplinary manner to assure attention to the underserved and their complex cultural needs and requirements. Students participate in a fieldwork/immersion experience in order to gain a better understanding of a specific health care system and the cultural influences on that system in the United States or from a global perspective. Over 100 students have engaged in this experience in Montreal and Toronto, Canada; Rome, Palermo and Florence, Italy; as well as via non-western health practices in the United States.
The current graduate students had an opportunity to learn about the Italian health care system by going to Rome, and Florence, Italy in the summer of 2014. The intended outcome of the course is directed at increasing the capacity of health care professionals to develop culturally-sensitive health care systems. Future study abroad experiences will include cultural immersion in South Korea and attending the ICN International Conference: Global Citizen, Global Nursing on June 19-23, 2015.