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UGA - Public Health - Public Health, Culture, and Aging Issues in Japan
Amakusa, Japan; Hiroshima, Japan; Kumamoto, Japan (Outgoing Program )
Program Terms: Summer
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Cost of Attendance Sheets Summer (June-July)
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/31/2018 02/28/2018 07/01/2018 07/14/2018
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: University of Georgia
Partner Institution: Kumamoto University Type of Instruction: Lecture, Service-Learning
Classes With: Local Students, UGA Students Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: English Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel
College/School: Public Health Academic Area: Health Promotion and Behavior, Public Health
Minimum number of credit hours: 06 Maximum number of credit hours: 06
Participant Selection: Not competitive Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.00 or above
Number of Student Participants:
11-20 students Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Open to non-UGA students:
Program Description:

Japan Shrine

Public Health, Culture and Aging Issues in Japan

The College of Public Health, Health Promotion and Behavior Department is offering a Summer Session in Kumamoto, Japan that focuses on international public health issues, such as aging, environmental problems, community health, and chronic and infectious disease.  The program will be held at Kumamoto University with faculty and students from Japan and other countries.  The program will consist of both lecture and service learning opportunities.  Further, there will be a short home sharing stay with Japanese families in an area of Japan in need of community health.  The program is physically challenging and may not be suitable for all students.   

Program Location

The setting for the University of Georgia's Japan Study Abroad Program is Kumamoto, Japan at Kumamoto University.  Kumamoto is the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.  This is a metropolitan area with a population of around 1.5 million people.  The city is home of Kumamoto Castle, many Japanese gardens, beautiful temples, and two large outdoor walking arcades (what we would call a mall) in the center of the city. This allows for students to have an abundance of Japanese culture, including endless food choices, shopping, and entertainment.  Most importantly, the Kumamoto Prefecture mascot, Kumamon, is a favorite of the people of Kumamoto and of the UGA faculty!  

Kumamoto University 

The program takes place at Kumamoto University, where UGA students will engage in studies with students and faculty who attend and teach formally at Kumamoto University.  This will give our students the opportunity to engage in a true integrated experience in Japan. 

Contact Information

Jessica Legge Muilenburg

Katie Hein

Academic Program

2017 Program Dates

July 8, 2017 - All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Kumamoto, Japan. In order to arrive in Kumamoto on July 9th for the beginning of the program, July 7th is the last possible day to depart the United States for Kumamoto. 

July 9th, 2017 - Official start of the program

July 21th, 2017 - Official end of the program

Program Itinerary



Students will be housed in the an "apartment hotel" while in Kumamoto.  In Amakusa students will do two days of a homestay with Japanese families in a village.  Our excursion to the beach in Amakusa will include a stay in a bed and breakfast.  

Program Costs

The basic cost of the program is estimated at $3,000. Tuition is not included in this cost. See for tuition rates. The cost of the program includes:
  • Program Deposit (due after acceptance to program) - applied towards total program cost
  • International Health Insurance (UGA requirement)
  • Charter bus and/or train transportation on planned field trips
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Some dinners while traveling with the program group
Students who are not residents of Georgia or do not attend a University System of Georgia University or College pay an additional $250.00.

Classes Offered 

Classes being offered for Undergraduate students are: 

HPRB 3050S, Service Learning in Health Promotion 

HPRB 4180 Health Promotion Program Study Abroad

Classes being offered for Graduate students are:

HPRB 7500, Community Health Promotion

HPRB 8050, Advanced Service Learning in Health Promotion

Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials: 1 2 3 4
Accessibility and quality of health care: 1 2 3 4
Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation: 1 2 3 4
Academic quality, appropriateness of workload: 1 2 3 4
Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits: 1 2 3 4
Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing: 1 2 3 4
Arrangements for and quality of meals: 1 2 3 4
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture: 1 2 3 4 5
Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program: 1 2 3 4
Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns: 1 2 3 4
Value of the program in relation to the cost: 1 2 3 4
Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations: 1 2 3 4