College grows study abroad experiences
‘I can’t just think about the U.S.’ Heading link
‘I can’t just think about the U.S.’
For Sayuri Fujita, MPH, a student in the graduate-entry master’s program who participated in the St. Kitts and Nevis program, global health has always been a “calling.” She adds that emergency preparedness is one of her interests, particularly because natural disasters affect the lives of people across the globe.
“I lived in the Philippines when I was younger and having a global perspective has always been a part of me,” says Fujita, whose father is Japanese and mother is Filipino. “I can’t just think about the U.S., even though I am an American citizen. I still have people all over the world that I care about.”
Prior to 2019, graduate and professional students had opportunities to earn clinical practicum hours in international settings – such as through clinical associate professor’s Sue Walsh’s work in Haiti or with the Department of Midwifery at Karolinska Institute in Sweden – but those were not for-credit courses through the university’s official study abroad office.
Milbrath says study abroad experiences allow nursing students to experience the strengths of health care models that are different than the U.S. system. They also get to see how the scope of practice for nurses can be broader or more limited in other parts of the world.
“I think it’s really good to see other cultures and see other ways of doing things, especially because students are in learning mode and have an open mind,” Milbrath says. “That can help us to think of more creative ways to address some of the challenges we have here.”