“Sustainability” implies both environmental and societal goals and actions. Some global issues are being addressed through multinational cooperation, but many issues are being tackled locally by governments, businesses, and civil society. This course on Roatan Island, Honduras will examine programs being undertaken by local leaders to address health issues in their communities. In this relatively poor country, we are going to be focusing on two inter-related issues: public health and cancer prevention. Our investigation of aspects of public health include access to fresh water, proper waste disposal, rural health clinics, and programs to support increasing access to cancer prevention services, such as screening. The class is a combination of lectures, case discussions, and field trips. We will be meeting with health care providers in several of our visits across the island
The class will meet in Roatan, Honduras. Students will meet at a designated airport in the US and fly as a group directly to Roatan. We will work to understand the health needs from the perspective of multiple communities through the Island. All transportation costs once on Roatan are included in the program fee.
NUCO 4210: Public Health and Cancer Prevention on Roatan Island (4 credits) is a nursing elective which is also open to all students at the University of Virginia. Undergraduate and graduate students are both encouraged to apply.
Course objectives include:
*To discuss the impact of global climate change on sustainable development and ecotourism
*To explore local solutions to the environmental sustainability issues on Roatan Island, Honduras
* To explore exemplar programs aimed at social entrepreneurship incorporation cancer prevention and increasing access to prevention services
*To describe sustainable development in both environmental and social contexts, with particular focus on issues of public health and cancer prevention
*To implement leadership techniques and strategies for achieving sustainable development
Public Health and Cancer Prevention on Roatan Island
Can also be used to the fulfill Global Sustainability major or minor requirements.
There are no specific prerequisites for the UVA in Honduras course. Although previous program participants have generally been 3rd or 4th year students, 1st and 2nd year students have had great success and are encouraged to apply. We hope to have a good mixture of nursing and non-nursing student participation.
Part of this class will take place where Spanish is the predominant language. To facilitate communication, students with some Spanish language ability are encouraged to apply, however, translation will be available for all presentations and activities. Lectures will be provided in English. Presentations from on-site partners will be conducted in both Spanish and English. We will also have group activities and opportunities for Spanish language development. There is not a specific level of Spanish required, but include your experience with Spanish on the application.
Emma McKim Mitchell, RN | emm6z@Virginia.edu
Emma McKim Mitchell is Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, Coordinator of the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN program, and Director of community based research for the Cancer Control and Population Health Core of the UVA Cancer Center.
Accommodation and Meals
Housing will be in a hotel on Roatan Island.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
Tropical diseases, malaria in particular, are a concern. For more information, check out the CDC website. Students considering attending the Honduras program should also review the UVA International Travel Clinic website for important information and appointment deadlines.
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.