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UK Sponsored: Management in Public Health (Public Health)
Chengdu, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Fees and Policies Summer 2
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Public Health
Housing Options:
Residence Hall
3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Susan McVey
Program Director:
James Holsinger
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Management in Public Health
(Public Health)

July 2-24, 2015

Sichuan UniversityProgram Overview

Students will join their Chinese counterparts in the Sichuan University two week summer program entitled University Immersion Program, which has been designed to convene professors from all over the world to teach Sichuan University undergraduates in order to offer them an international experience. Dr. Holsinger has been invited to teach management and leadership in this program and has been offered the opportunity to bring up to 20 undergraduate students with him to be part of the program. The cultural experience will include engaging Chinese undergraduates, visiting historical sites in Sichuan Province including the Panda Research and Breeding Center, the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project built 2200 years ago and the Jinsha Site Museum.

CPH 450 Managing Health Organizations to Improve Population Health will introduce students to a number of foundational concepts related to leadership and management, specifically in the realm of health organizations. The course will explore the areas of managing human and non-human resources and improving agency performance. Students enrolled in this course will participate in class discussions and have regular course assessments related to textbook readings.

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  • Develop an understanding of the leadership models useful in leading public health organizations
  • Engage in the practice of public health, leadership, management, and/or epidemiology in an international setting
  • Communicate and collaborate with Chinese public health students on a daily basis

This program is open to undergraduates who are at least juniors standing from all academic disciplines, but Public Health majors will be preferred. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
  • Students will enroll in CPH 450: Managing Health Organizations to Improve Population Health (3 credit hours)
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour)
Housing & MealsTeahouse in Chengdu

Students will be housed in residence halls at Sichuan University for the first two weeks in Chengdu and then in a hotel during the Beijing portion of the program. All meals will be provided for students while in Chengdu, but in Beijing, students will be responsible for the cost of all meals on their own. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. Note: Students accepted into this program will receive an automatic scholarship of $1500 to cover the cost of lodging and meals while in Chengdu.

Jingli Historic DistrictPassport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into China. Please consult the Chinese Embassy or your Education Abroad Advisor for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain a visa. It is strongly suggested that students work with a visa expediting service, such as A Briggs or VisaHQ to obtain the visa.
Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Dr. James Holsinger, faculty member in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Holsinger will be directing the program.

Ms. Susan McVey, EA Advisor,

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Dates / Deadlines:
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This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.