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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsorship: Creighton Sponsored Program Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Abroad (FLPA)
Open to Non-Creighton Students?: YES
Program Description:

Cultural Immersion and Experiential Learning in China

Faculty: Keli Mu, PhD, OTR/L
Credit Hours: 2
Elective Course
Prerequisites: Enrolled full-time in a health science program at Creighton University; Satisfactory completion of all professional coursework to date; Minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA; Approval of IOR (see enrollment application process)

The focus of this course is to increase participants’ cultural competency and facilitate their leadership development for societal and global concerns through interprofessional experiential learning in China. Participants will engage in a series of seminars centered on preparation for successful experiential learning in China prior to a week-long international experience. Through immersion and engagement in various professional activities such as observation, advocacy for evidence-based rehabilitation practice and consultation, participants are expected to enhance cultural competency and foster leadership skills for international health concerns. Such an experiential learning immersion will prepare participants to provide culturally sensitive care and assume leadership roles at the international level. A professional dissemination of the experiential learning experience is expected at the end of the course.

Beijing at night

Relationship of Course to Curriculum Design: The course content fits into the professional practice, professional identity and leadership themes. The course assignments are very pragmatic to familiarize students with the consultation role through advocacy for health care services in an international health care environment. Students will be expected to demonstrate leadership skills as well as an understanding and appreciation for cultural differences in healthcare.

Relationship of Course to Ignatian Values: This elective course will enable students to experience and exercise Ignatian values of cura personalis, men and women for and with other, and magis. As students immerse themselves in China, engage in experiential learning, interact with different culture and exercise leadership for global health concerns, students are able to exercise these values.

Course objectives: At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
  • Demonstrate effective interprofessional team communication and collaboration.
  • Articulate elements of own cultural values, beliefs, and biases that may influence the delivery of care while in China.
  • Discuss the heritage of the Chinese culture related to health and health care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the social, economic, political, geographic, and demographic factors that influence healthcare delivery, and of prevailing health and welfare needs in China
  • Demonstrate an awareness of culturally competent health care delivery while in China.
  • Utilize principles of teaching and learning to serve in educative roles for health professionals, students, and patients in China.
  • Develop a basic/generic hospital-based program based on data collected prior to the experience and recommendations for adaptation based on a needs assessment.
  • Promote evidence-based healthcare and rehabilitation practice in China through advocacy at the hosting medical universities and hospitals.
  • Analyze the healthcare delivery observed at the Chinese host clinical site using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a framework.
  • Demonstrate increased understanding of professional responsibility, culturally aware practice, and health care related to social justice, as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Continue the process of interprofessional socialization through developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that are foundational to professional practice.
  • Respect and appreciate means of healthcare delivery in China.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Break 2019 10/13/2019 10/20/2019 TBA TBA
Spring Break 2020 10/08/2020 10/15/2020 TBA TBA