Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Ray Young


Cultural Perspectives in Public Health: An International Education Program for Medical Students proposes a six-week international mobility course for medical students at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The course design was inspired by a request from the UCSC medical student cohort to expand credit-bearing international program opportunities. The program will introduce participants to Kolb’s (1984) experiential learning cycle in an effort to provide students with a framework to use when evaluating common practices in the medical field. The course aims to increase academic collaboration between Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, an Italian based Higher Education Institution, and the Higher Education are in the United States. The program proposes a design that unites Università Cattolica with a U.S. Higher Education Institution (HE) through a program that will be co-hosted by two institutions and team-taught.

The research performed for this program design included a literature review of global trends in international programming for medical students and a needs assessment designed to assess gaps in programs at Unviersità Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The findings shed light on two reoccurring themes that prevent medical students from participating in international education program which, when combined could be summarized as a lack of short-term credit-bearing opportunities in an international context. These themes, along with other needs identified during the research, have established the foundations for Cultural Perspectives in Public Health program design.


Adult and Continuing Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Higher Education | International and Comparative Education | Interprofessional Education | Medical Education | Medical Humanities


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