If you’ve got some health credits to catch up on, we’ve got the perfect solution with several online health and nutrition classes available through USAC this summer.
USAC’s brand new Online Global Perspectives program provides the opportunity to take online courses taught internationally by USAC faculty located across 14 different Specialty Program sites in Europe, Asia and Latin America. We’re also offering 3-credit virtual internships.
We have more than 35 courses in the following areas of study:
- Business and communications
- Language, Literature, and the Arts
- International and cultural studies
- Health and nutrition
And internship placements in the following career fields:
- Digital marketing and social media management
- Event planning
- Social welfare/Social services
- English language instruction
Today, we’ll be focusing on the online summer classes available for health and nutrition students.
- Food and Culture (Verona)
- Global Health Psychology (Chiang Mai)
- Health and Wellness Communication (Reggio Emilia)
- The Global Food Challenge (Montevideo)
Here’s what you can expect during these courses.
Food and Culture
Summer (Anthropology, Nutrition; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course explores connections between the food people eat and how it supports or helps define, cultural identity. This includes consideration of how food choices are determined, what ‘good’ food means, and how food production, preparation, and consumption contribute to and reflect cultural identity. The course seeks to provide students with theoretical and empirical tools to understand and evaluate food systems at local and global levels.
Global Health Psychology
Summer (Psychology; 400-level; 3 credits)
Depression is an important health condition. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it can be a cause of suicide. This course is a discussion-based class, based on readings, videos, and personal experience, the course will be of particular interest to students with mental health and non-mental health backgrounds, who seek to understand more about psychological issues and the implementation of mental health care across diverse cultural populations. It will also be of value to those who may be seeking to assume positions in global healthcare organizations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and private consultancies with a global developmental agenda.
Each class will challenge you to look inside yourself and help you define how you see the world and your place in it.
Health and Wellness Communication
Summer (General Health Sciences, Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course introduces students to the theory/practice of health communication as a context within which dyadic, small group, and organizational communication occurs and which is influenced by mass media in a variety of ways. Students examine topics such as the history and current issues associated with health communication, the complexity of patient-caregiver communication, social and cultural issues associated with health communication, communication in health organizations, and public health concerns. The mode of instruction is predominantly discussion with some lecture. The topic is one that will touch you and your family throughout your lives and as such, it has significant immediate and long-term practical value.
The Global Food Challenge
Summer (Agriculture, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)
Food is central to our lives; and in many more ways than the action of eating to sustain body and brain. Food is embedded in culture and acts as a strong binding link in families and societies and even between societies as food products and recipes travel the world. More importantly, what is less known is that food production and consumption stand at the crossroad of the big world challenges that humanity faces: hunger, poverty, energy, environment, climate change and population growth. Finally, access to food is a condition to the political stability of a country as mass demonstrations against high food prices (known as ‘food riots’) have showed in recent years.
Prerequisites: Introductory coursework in psychology or community health sciences
How to Apply for Online Courses with USAC
We welcome applicants who:
- Are at least 18 years old at the time of application
- Have a college or university grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Meet the academic pre-requisites (if any) of their desired course
USAC is waiving the application fee for 2020-21 to allow students to apply to the Global Perspectives Program at no financial risk.
Program Fee: $985 per course
Program fee includes:
- Tuition and fees
- Access to Office 365 for duration of the course
- Official University Transcript
Estimated additional expenses:
- Textbooks – $50 to $175 per course
|April 20, 2020||Application opens|
|May 25||Application deadline (late applications considered through June 8)|
|N/A||The $500 enrollment confirmation deposit is not required for this program.|
|June 1||Balance Due Deadline|
|June 17||Tuition Refund Deadline (no refunds after this date)|
Summer is a great time to explore new disciplines, catch up on credits, and stay on track with your academics. When you participate in USAC’s Online Global Perspectives program you receive a discount towards future USAC study abroad programs.
Explore our online courses available for Summer 2020 today.