Public Health, Culture and Aging Issues in Japan
The College of Public Health, Health Promotion and Behavior Department is offering a Summer Session in 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 and Shizuoka University of Art and Culture 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.
The setting for the University of Georgia's Japan Study Abroad Program is Kumamoto, Japan at Kumamoto University and Hamamatsu, Japan at Shizuoka University of Art and Culture. Hamamatsu is a large city with generous food options, gardens, and castles. 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 and Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
The program takes place at Kumamoto University and Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, 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.
Jessica Legge Muilenburg
Katie Darby Hein
2018 Program Dates
July 4, 2018 - All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Japan. In order to arrive in on July 4th for the beginning of the program, July 2nd is the last possible day to depart the United States for Japan.
July 4th, 2018 - Official start of the program
July 18th, 2017 - Official end of the program
Students will be housed in the an "apartment hotel" while in Japan. We will also have a few days of a homestay with Japanese families.
The basic cost of the program is estimated at $2,500. Tuition is not included in this cost. See bursar.uga.edu 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 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 8000, Directed Study in Health Promotion
HPRB 8050, Advanced Service Learning in Health Promotion