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Child Welfare, Health Systems, and Social Justice in Jamaica | Faculty-led Program

This program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting applications. 
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, the students will explore the role of history, economics, politics, religion, culture and social conditions as they frame contemporary welfare, health and education issues.

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. Students need to stay hydrated and bring sun protectant.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in this program requires a valid passport through at least July 10, 2020. If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport if you hope to participate in this program.

December 28, 2019 - January 9, 2020

Jamaica: Kingston and Treasure Beach

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

None - this is a Goal 8 course, so it is open to all students. 

  • Range from $3,800 - $4,800 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 & 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.
  • SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Students applying for this faculty-led program are eligible to apply for two faculty-led program scholarships to help offset program costs. The scholarship applications are linked below. Scholarship applications are due October 1, 2019 and recipients will be notified in mid-November. In addition to these two Winona State scholarships, there are other opportunities out there. See the Funding and Scholarships page more information and advice on how to pay for this experience.

Dr. Amy Koehler (
Dr. Mary Kirk (

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs or (507) 457-5019
143 Maxwell

  • Application Deadlines
    • May 3, 2019 at 4pm: Priority Application Deadline. Students who apply and are accepted by this date are guaranteed a spot in this program. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis.
    • September 20, 2019 at 4pm: Final Application Deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. 
  • September 29, 2019: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Cancellation, Financial, and Conduct Policies - faculty-led document students must review & electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students and families are strongly urged to consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. The Center for Global Education does not endorse any particular travel insurance coverage, but quote comparisons can be found at Review closely what the cancellation insurance includes and what it does not include. Cancellation insurance must be purchased immediately after acceptance into the program for the insurance to be effective.
  • December 6, 2019: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have spring semester financial aid/private loans to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of December 6.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.