Winter: Rutgers- Global Health Practicum in Tanzania

Dodoma, Tanzania

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Winter 2021
Jan 02, 2021
Jan 16, 2021
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

Your skills as a healthcare provider are sure to sharpen with this curriculum of intensive clinical work in hospital and clinic settings, combined with language and cultural studies in the vibrant city of Dodoma.

Learn about healthcare delivery through close observation of healthcare faculty and professionals in a global setting. Engage in discussion and field-based learning with faculty and students from the school of nursing at the University of Dodoma. Explore Tanzania's natural beauty on an overnight stay in a national park.


Village of Hope

Program Location



Dodoma is the official capital city of Tanzania, and home to two major universities.  Located in the center of the country, it is connected by a major highway to Dar es Salaam, the country's largest city and commercial center, which lies about 300 miles to the east.  Dodoma has a population of just over 400,000 people, roughly a tenth of whom are university students. (Flights will arrive and depart from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).



The course is designed as an elective for Nursing students, but is open to students from other health professions.  However, qualified applicants must be approved by the program director based on demonstrated interest in global health issues.  Global Health (705:652) elective course and Epidemiology (705:698 or a similar course) are recommended.

To view the program’s 2020 syllabus, please click here . Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

This three-credit guided practicum experience is designed to introduce graduate and advanced undergraduate students in nursing and other health professions to health care delivery in a global setting. Accompanied by a standing faculty member in the School of Nursing, students will experience health care delivery in host country facilities, such as clinics and hospitals, and engage with professional health workers in both hospitals and community-based settings. Students will meet regularly with the course instructors for reflection on their course readings and field experiences.

Class meetings will begin during the second half of the fall semester, and will be comprised of 2-3 seminars leading up to the 16 day field experience in Tanzania, as well as a mandatory debriefing meeting upon return to the US.

A typical itinerary for the in-country portion of the program will include a daily session on the culture and health of the host country, along with a language class with an emphasis on health related vocabulary. Students will spend 3-4 hours daily in a clinical setting, such as a hospital or clinic, and each week ends with a seminar where students will reflect on their experiences. Weekends may include excursions to cultural sites, time with fellow students and opportunities to explore the local area.  

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.


Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed. This program will run if there are no reasons for concerns regarding health and safety. RGSA will send an email to accepted students indicating when they can purchase their flights. Do not purchase them sooner. 




Late December

Mid January

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in hotels in Arusha and Dodoma. Breakfasts and most dinners will be included at all accommodations, and several group lunches and dinners will also be included during the group excursion in Arusha.


Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
Program Cost NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $3,170 $3,540
Graduate $3,400 $3,750
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Student Visa Fees
•    Most meals
•    Excursions
•    National Park Entry Fees
•    Safari
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

* The winter session student fee is not included in the program cost above.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,500
Additional Meals $150
Personal Expenses $200
Total $1,850.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Faculty Leader

Suzanne Willard

Dr. Willard is associate dean of global health and directs the HIV Care Specialization Division of Advanced Nursing Practice at the Rutgers School of Nursing.  She has over 20 years experience in HIV care and prevention, and has worked extensively both nationally and internationally and has served on panels for both the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Human Health and Services. 


Darcel Reyes

Dr. Reyes has more than 12 years’ experience treating people living with HIV.  She was awarded the Rutgers Health Clinical Excellence Award in 2017 for that work, which has included development of a nurse champion program at Rutgers Community Health Center and establishment of a quality improvement program at that facility.

Dr. Darcel Reyes is a clinical assistant professor of nursing at the Rutgers School of Nursing. She also serves as director for the HIV specialization track in the school’s advanced practice division.