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Interdisciplinary Studies in
Global Health and Disability

Dates: May 3 2019 - June 15 2019
Based: Herstmonceux, UK and France
Apply by: April 1 2019
Cost: $11,691 (2018)

On the cutting edge of global health and disability, this study abroad program offers the opportunity for you as an upper-year student to ground your study of disability and health within the expanding context of global norms. Although this program is anchored in health studies, the program is interdisciplinary in nature and you will explore different perspectives in order to broaden your scope and understanding of global health and disability studies.

Each course includes lectures, visiting scholars, and experiential learning opportunities focusing on a combination of studies in disability and policy in global health, global sport, healthcare innovation, health communication and/or mental health. The faculty is drawn from a field of experts and experienced educators passionate about their area of expertise. And unlike many courses that look individually at global health or disability studies, this program provides a direct link between the two and is a unique program in Canadian universities.

In addition to the expert faculty you will have the opportunity to meet and network with representatives from world-renowned agencies, including governmental and non-governmental organizations specializing in health and disability, and discuss advancements in health, disability and policy with leading researchers, all providing exposure for internship possibilities. An experienced Health Science Librarian will provide research seminars and one-on-one support during the program.

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This was a once in a lifetime academic experience to meet world leaders in disability studies. (Alumni '13)

Choosing to attend this program was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Not only was the program applicable to our area of study, it opened our perspective to many different professions. The ELOs have been exceptional and eye-opening (Alumni '16).

Students visit key institutions such as the UN in Geneva
  • Earn 9.0 units (3 courses) in 6 weeks.
  • A unique set of field trips to places such as Oxford, London, and France
  • Small class sizes means graduate-style contact with your instructor
  • Enhance you transcript for application to Graduate School
  • Make global connections for future career opportunities
  • Non-repayable bursaries valued up to $2500 available for eligible students
Dates and fees based on 2018 and subject to change.

Students in 3rd year may apply for this program.

Courses in this program can be used to satisfy HLTH Major and HLTH Medial plan requirements, as well as the Certificate in Disability and Physical Activity offered by SKHS.

HLTH 402/3.0 Disability Studies: Issues, Research and Policy

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of disability studies – definitions and conceptualizations of disability, language for talking about disability, methods of studying disability issues, policy and systems affecting people with disabilities, controversial issues in disability studies. The course will include lectures, seminars, debates, field trips, student presentations.

Prerequisite: Level 4 and a minimum GPA of 1.9 and HLTH 332/3.0 and registration at the BISC, or permission of the School. Students who are unable to take HLTH 332/3.0 must complete the online training modules about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act prior to participation in the BISC Global Health and Disability Program. See http://www.queensu.ca/equity/accessibility/aoda

HLTH 403/3.0 Global Perspectives of Community Based Rehabilitation

This course explores global perspectives of Community Based Rehabilitation as a strategy for equalization of health, education and social inclusion of persons with disabilities. Design, implement and evaluate CBR programs and examine basic CBR frameworks, health and disability policy, global partnerships, education and training strategies.

Prerequisite: Level 4 and a minimum GPA of 1.9

HLTH 404/3.0 Global Studies of Social Inclusion, Community Participation and Mental Illness

While people with disabilities continue to experience challenges to their full and equal community participation, people with disabilities in the context of mental illnesses are subject to particularly profound levels of social exclusion at a global level. This course will examine current disability discourse as it relates to mental illnesses and examine processes by which exclusion of this population occurs globally.  Issues of exclusion will be evaluated using an international focus. Theoretical perspectives will be grounded in real life examples.

Prerequisite: Level 4 and a minimum GPA of 1.9

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Examples of past Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs) include:

  • Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Paralympic Training Centre
  • Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation unit at Oxford Brookes University - a fitness studio designed exclusively for people who require a high level of supervision due to their medical condition.
  • Katharine House Hospice - provides specialist palliative care for adults with life limiting conditions.
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health.
  • Florence Nightingale Museum - examines her legacy, her influence on nursing, and the continuing relevance of her work.

Mid-Term Trip

Built into your tuition fees, the midterm trip to France is an outstanding, extended opportunity for you to see important institutions firsthand, and explore cultural and historical sites of interest. Previous ELOs on the Mid-Term Trip to Geneva include:

  • World Health Organization - the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.
  • United Nations - a private tour the Palais des Nations to learn about the role of the UN.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - a United Nations programme with the mandate to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross - responds quickly and efficiently to help people affected by armed conflict.
  • International Labour Organization - the main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.
Trips in France will be to places of similar importance and relevance.

Past Speakers

Past speakers have included:

  • Steve Brown (Captain of the Team GB Wheelchair Rugby in Paralympics 2012)
  • Valerie Taylor O.B.E. (Founder and co-ordinator of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed Bangladesh)
  • Eva James (Dance and Disability Specialist)
  • Evan O’Dell (Project Officer at Disability Rights UK)
  • Nora Groce (Global Health Expert at University College London)

Beth Richan

Program Director
Beth has held a variety of senior positions in international development programs that focus on people with disabilities within the health, education and employment sectors primarily in South East Asia and the Balkans. Her research interest is in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) with a focus on social inclusion of vulnerable populations with particular interest in developing countries and post-conflict regions.
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Evan Odell

HLTH 402 - Disability Studies: Issues, Research and Policy
Evan is a researcher at disability-led organisation Disability Rights UK, where he undertakes research and writes policy briefings and positions. Evan completed an undergraduate degree in Political Science at Laurentian University and the University of British Columbia, and a MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford, where he wrote a thesis on inclusive education practices in Canada. His research covers an array of issues, including social attitudes to disability and disabled people, welfare state reform, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, theoretical approaches to health and disability, open source research software, and text-as-data.

Eric Wychopen

HLTH 404 - Global Studies of Social Inclusion, Community Participation and Mental Illness
Eric has an MSc in Health Inequalities and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh. He graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Physical Education (Honours), and was part of the inaugural cohort in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability (ISGHD) program at the BISC. Eric instructed the HLTH 497 Health Communication course in 2017 and was the ISGHD Teaching Assistant in 2016. His areas of academic interest are related to health inequalities experienced by Canadian Indigenous populations, and understanding mental health in the Global South context. Eric is a popular guest lecturer for many health studies courses. Eric currently resides in the Netherlands.

Rebecca Love

HLTH 350 - Topics in Global Health
Rebecca graduated from Queen’s Kinesiology and Health Studies program in 2012 and is currently in the final stages of a PhD in Behavioural Epidemiology at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral work is focused on investigating inequalities in children’s health behaviours and obesity, exploring case studies from the UK and South Africa. Rebecca has gained professional experience across a range of global health settings. Following her undergraduate, as an Oceanpath Community Leadership Fellow, she spent time in Trinidad & Tobago developing a child abuse prevention program that engaged local governments to implement educational programming and to change policy structures to protect the rights of children. Presently she is an Honorary Researcher at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where her research explores physical activity behaviour and health outcomes within the Birth to Twenty Cohort.

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May 3 Students arrive
May 3 - 5 Orientation
May 6 - 8 HLTH 402 coursework
May 9 - 10 Oxford overnight ELO (TBC)
May 13 - 17 HLTH 402 coursework
May 20 - May 22 HLTH 404 coursework
May 23 - May 24 London overnight ELO (TBC)
May 25 - 31 HLTH 404 coursework
June 3 - 4 HLTH 403 coursework
June 5 - 9 Paris ELO (TBC)
June 10 - 14 Paris ELO (TBC)
June 15 Students depart
Schedule is subject to change without notice based on availability
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