Nursing professors Roxanne Amerson and Lisa Miller display the Tiger rag in Ollantaytambo, Peru, where students will study as part of the global health certificate program.

Nursing professors Roxanne Amerson and Lisa Miller display the Tiger rag in Ollantaytambo, Peru, where students will study as part of the global health certificate program.

The Clemson University School of Nursing has established a global health certificate program, focused on health issues and outreach in low resource countries.

Open to Clemson students from health-related disciplines, the 12-credit certificate will involve three courses and a four-week, study abroad experience providing health education to underserved international populations in collaboration with a local non-governmental organization (NGO) in Ollantaytambo, Peru.

The curriculum will address diversity and inclusion, enhance language skills, and provide student engagement through service-learning, according to Clemson nursing faculty member Roxanne Amerson, who is leading the program along with colleagues Lisa Miller and Janice Lanham. The certificate will also introduce students to preventative care and interdisciplinary approaches to health promotion from a global perspective.

“The program moves beyond the standard ‘language and culture’ model of study abroad to provide an interprofessional and integrated approach to the global challenge of health care delivery,” Amerson said. “Focused on societal issues that influence health care delivery in low resource countries, this certificate will prepare students to work in global settings and address health disparities.”

The hybrid program (a combination of face-to-face and online classes) will be based from the University Center of Greenville, where Clemson operates some of its nursing programs, and is open to Clemson undergraduates who are enrolled in pre-professional health studies, public health sciences, nursing, food science, biological sciences, and language and international health programs. Students in other majors can consult an academic advisor to determine if their discipline is appropriate for the program.

For more information, contact Amerson at roxanna@clemson.edu or (864) 250-5565 or Miller at duggan@clemson.edu or (864) 656-3268.