James Madison University

Global Engagement

Global Engagement

Study Abroad


Study abroad opportunities provide a rich cultural experience for students.  Often trips enable nursing students in particular to view health care through the lens of a third world country or an industrialized nation with national health care services.  These opportunities are also an option for students to consider when they have an extra semester or two while they await entrance into the nursing program. 

Visit the Center for Global Engagement (GCE) website where you will find information on a wide array of possibilities for international travel.

International Summer Nursing Programs

We also have a number of short-term, inter-professional courses for students from various Health and Health Services majors. These programs offer an opportunity to explore international healthcare, nursing care, and human services delivery.
Learn more about JMU's International Programs

Summer 2018

Global Health Concentration


 The global health nursing concentration is designed to broaden nursing students’ perspectives as global citizens and ethical practitioners. Nursing students will gain knowledge of world political, social, and cultural influences on health, health intervention, and health systems as well as personal and professional insight into nursing practice in a global context. Global health tools, terminology, and methodologies will be employed to prepare students for a beginning level of nursing practice in a variety of global settings.

Curriculum

  • 3 Global Health nursing courses, each 3 credits for a total of 9 credits:
    • NSG 382 Global Health Systems, Structures and Outcomes
    • NSG 383 Epidemiology, Population Health, and Prevention in Global Perspective
    • NSG 384 Global Health, Culture, and Community
  • International Experience - variable credit (minimum of 3 credits)
  • An international experience is required for the Global Health Concentration.  Students may fulfill this requirement by completing a JMU Summer Study Abroad or Semester Study Abroad.

Course Descriptions

382 Global Health Systems, Structures and Outcomes (3 credits)
Taught by Maria DeValpine

This course analyzes the roles and contributions of local and national governments, international agencies, and third-party donors to health in a global context. Social science contributions to understanding health as a function of political and economic influences will be examined. Consideration will be given to understanding the ways in which individual and population health are affected by global systems and processes. Global Health systems, structures, and the particular role of the nurse in achieving health outcomes will be examined and compared.

  1. Analyze the history of Global Health and the contribution of Global Health organizations.
  2. Explore policies influencing global health.
  3. Examine and compare global health care systems, delivery, and outcomes.
  4. Examine and compare nursing roles, education, and scope of practice in differing health systems, and their impact on individual and population health outcomes.

383. Epidemiology, Population Health, and Prevention in Global Perspective (3 credits)
Taught by Erika Sawin

This course explores the global burden of disease, the “epidemiologic transition” and population health. Tools and methods of global health research, demographics, and epidemiology will be introduced. Diseases and conditions of global significance will be explored and population health promotion interventions examined. Structural and social determinants of health and effective interventions will be explored within the global context.

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of population health indicators and epidemiologic methods.
  2. Examine the trends, significance, and antecedents of emerging and re-emerging diseases and conditions.
  3. Analyze the impact of environmental factors on population health.
  4. Analyze the “epidemiologic transition” including non-communicable disease, chronic illness, and preventable and occupational injury in developed and developing countries.
  5. Recognize the major underlying socioeconomic and political determinants of health and health disparities.
  6. Evaluate nursing, health promotion, and population health interventions for reducing morbidity and mortality.

384. Global Health, Culture and Community (3 credits)

This course examines the effects of culture, cultural systems and societal structures on health, health care delivery, and health outcomes in a global context. Students will explore the meaning of culture on health from individual, community, and comparative systems perspectives. Personal, institutional, and professional nursing biases will be critically explored for impact on health interventions and outcomes. Disaster nursing will be briefly explored.

  1. Examine the effects of culture and place on individual health beliefs and practices.
  2. Critically examine nursing models and practices for inherent cultural and other biases.
  3. Articulate the influence of culture, societal structures, and communities on health and health disparities.
  4. Explore the influence of cultural, societal, and political systems on population health, health systems, and health interventions.
  5. Analyze the nursing role in community disasters.