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  • Locations: Donegal, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3 Minimum GPA: 2.0
Language of Instruction: English Area(s) of Study: Dental Hygiene, Global Health, Health Sciences, Nursing, Physical Therapy
Faculty Leader: Gray, D, Hawkins, J., Schussler, E., Stull, S., Sump, C., Walker, M.
Program Description:
Spring Break in
March 1-10 2018

Interprofessional Global Health 
HLSC 405*
*Students interested in taking a graduate level course associated with this program should contact the program faculty leader.

Ireland 2017

Would you like to spend Spring or Summer break in Ireland?  Keep reading for preview information on the Ireland Global Health Study Abroad. You may enjoy this video from our program last year.

ODU has partnered with Learn International to create a cultural immersion experience in Ireland. Students will be introduced to global health concepts, including demographic and epidemiological transitions, the burden of disease, the impact of key health conditions on individuals and on communities, critical issues in the organization and delivery of health services, and the multi-directional links between health and social and economic factors.
The course includes pre-trip learning and preparation that is conducted online. Students will prepare targeted learning activities for local citizens at the Community Health Center (Ionad naomh Phadrig). Some example of health-related workshops by ODU students last year: hand-washing hygiene for elementary school aged children; home exercises using Theraband for older adults; proper use of a glucose monitoring device and diabetes education. The locals also present to the students: a short course on the Irish language (Gaelic), a tour of health care facilities and information about the Irish National Health system, and of course, singing and dancing at the pub. In addition there are visits to health care facilities and field trips of cultural and historic interest.
Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland, is the largest native Irish speaking region in the world. It is quite rural. Students will stay with host families and will take most morning and evening meals at the host family’s home. 
Target Audience: This course is designed for Health Science majors as well as all students interested in Global Health. 
Timeline: Registration occurs early the fall semester each year. The online preparation portion of the course occurs during the spring semester. Students sign up for one of two Study Abroad trips 1) during spring break or 2) early May.

*Students must register and pay for HLSC 405 or graduate level course during the Spring 2018 registration period.

by visiting with and observing local community professionals and public health experts in rural Ireland.   

Participate in shadowing health care providers and community members; work directly with youth and adults in the Ionad Naomh community center.

Experience the culture of Ireland through daily interaction with the villagers and cultural immersion activities.

*Subject to change. The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Tentative Class Schedule: Students will be required to attend spring semester classes as required by the faculty

Tentative Syllabus: GlobalHealthTentSyllabus.pdf

PREREQUISITES: Permission from the Chief Academic Advisor or Program Director



Program Cost with Dean's Award:

Cost includes: 
Round trip airfare from/to Norfolk, airport transfers in Ireland, accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, guest lectures, health and travel insurance, study abroad fee, all in-country transportation.   

Not included:
Tuition for credits-participants are required to register for spring term 2018 course credit, passport fees, additional baggage fees, and expenses of a personal nature.

*ODU scholarships: 

Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time, degree-seeking, ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader. Completion of online application, advising and deposit payment holds your space for scholarship consideration; no additional scholarship application necessary.

Estimated cost without scholarship: $3,450

Financial Aid:
For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.  

Payment Schedule:
$300 deposit upon application; 1st half of remaining total due on November 17, 2017 and the 2nd half on January 12, 2018. 


Janice Hawkins
Nursing Department
2134B Health Sciences Bldg

Christine Sump
Nursing Department
2152 Health Science Bldg
      Martha Walker
Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
3118 Health Sciences Bldg.
Norfolk, VA 23529

Eric Schussler
Physical Therapy & Athletic Training     
3118 Health Sciences Bldg.
Norfolk, VA 23528

      Deborah Gray
2152 Health Sciences Bldg.
Norfolk, VA 23418

      Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.


This program is currently not accepting applications.