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  • Locations: Kingston, Jamaica; Treasure Beach, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Type: Faculty-led Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
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Child Welfare, Health Systems, and Social Justice in Jamaica | Faculty-led Program
The most recent Child Welfare, Health Systems, and Social Justice in Jamaica faculty-led program took place in January 2020.
The program was scheduled to be offered in January 2022, but was cancelled due to COVID-19.
This faculty-led program may be offered again in January 2023 or January 2024.

This 3-credit faculty-led course will use a trans-cultural approach to learn about child welfare systems, with an emphasis on human rights, social justice and health systems in Jamaica and US. Trans-cultural understanding studies the values, beliefs and practices of groups of similar or different cultures. This international course will focus on the health care delivery and educational systems in Jamaica and the factors that influence the effectiveness of those systems. Students will have the opportunity to work in interprofessional teams to visit various types of healthcare, educational and human service institutions; provide health teaching; and perform service work. There will be an emphasis on resiliency and protective factors within individuals, families, and communities. In addition, students will explore the role of history, economics, politics, religion, culture and social conditions as they frame contemporary welfare, health and education issues.
To see highlights from the January 2020 Child Welfare, Health Systems, and Social Justice in Jamaica faculty-led program, check out the program's Facebook page!
Students should be up to date on their immunizations. The Zika virus is a risk in Jamaica so students should bring and wear insect repellent. We will also be traveling in a bus on winding roads so motion sickness is a possibility. Kingston, Jamaica is also a very urban area and is comparable to Los Angeles- students will always be in a group when in Jamaica. There will not be much walking throughout the program, but it is a tropical island so will be sunny and warm. Many locations do not have air conditioning. Students need to stay hydrated and bring sun protectant.

PLEASE NOTE: A valid passport is required for participation in this faculty-led program. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel. If you do not have a valid passport, you can apply for a passport on campus at WSU through the Study Abroad office.

12-14 days over WSU's winter break in late December-early January

Jamaica: Kingston and Treasure Beach

SOCW 316 / NURS 316 (3 credits) - counts for GEP Goal Area 8

  •  Social Work, Nursing (undergrad and RN-BS), HERS, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, Education, and CAST students
  •  Open to all students
None - this is a Goal 8 course, so it is open to all students. 

  • The typical cost range for this program is between $3,600 - $4,600 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition and fees for the 3-credit course, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the duration of the program, most meals, all lodging, admission and event fees for group educational activities, international health insurance for the duration of the program, and the Study Abroad administrative fee.
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.

  • Dr. Robert (Jay) Palmer (
  • Dr. Amy Koehler (
  • Dr. Mary Kirk (
Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.