HLST 400: Global Health Perspectives

Community service learning | Students | MAY 2018

Global Health Perspectives (HLST 400) takes place at two Ukrainian universities, the State Medical University in Ternopil (TSMU) and the Ukrainian Catholic University, School of Language and Culture in Lviv. In this course, you connect with policy makers, health care workers, students, faculty and health care agencies from the Ukraine, gaining a deeper understanding of current and future global health issues and opportunities and your role as a global citizen and a healthcare professional. This is a three-credit course.



  • Travel to and within the Ukraine from May 8 to 27, 2018

  • Learn MacEwan University, Ternopil State Medication University and Ukrainian Catholic University instructors

  • Attend Ukrainian language classes, lectures and simulations

  • Tour the host cities, their hospitals and their health facilities

  • Immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture and history

Field activities

  • Attend university classes at two Ukrainian universities, TSMU and Ukrainian Catholic University, School of Language and Culture

  • Participate in group work with fellow MacEwan students and with students from the host universities

  • Tour host cities, hospitals and health care centres

  • Experience cultural activities, such as Ukrainian language classes and Vyshyvanka (traditional embroidery) workshops

  • Spend a night at the Zakarpattya, one of the most unique natural regions of Ukraine

Information sessions

Faculty coordinators for HLST 400 will visit classrooms to discuss this Study Abroad opportunity.

If you apply for and are accepted into the course, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation and meet with HLST 400 faculty and fellow students to prepare for your study abroad experience.

Assessment and expectations


Through interactive learning activities, clinical simulations, group projects, debates and lectures, with inter-professional groups of students (from programs such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy and social work), you will exchange ideas and best practices with fellow MacEwan students and with students from TSMU and Ukrainian Catholic University, School of Language and Culture.

The impact of the curriculum will be assessed through group projects, reflections, simulations and Global Awareness Week presentations.

Upon successful completion of this three-credit course, you will be able to:

  • Examine the historical perspectives of global health development

  • Analyze the key issues and emerging challenges that influence global health priorities, policy, research and practice agendas

  • Evaluate evidence-informed knowledge specific to global health interventions that aim to improve health outcomes

  • Appraise health promotion, social justice and equity in the global community

  • Analyze selected global health models, frameworks, programs and initiatives

  • Apply knowledge relevant to population health in a global setting


  • Attend all components of the course

  • Represent MacEwan University in accordance with the Code of Conduct

  • Behave and dress in culturally appropriate ways

Application process

Maximum enrolment for this course is 20 students.


To participate in HSLT 400, you must

  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum grade average of C- in the prior term

  • Have one of the following: successful completion of HLST 354; successful completion of HLST 320; consent of the Department

Students who are not in the nursing program

If you are not a nursing student, but wish to apply, you still need to meet the above requirements and have permission from the Faculty of Nursing and your Chair and/or Dean.

You are responsible for confirming, in consultation with your program advisor, that this course can be used as a credit towards your program of study.


To apply for this course, pick up and complete an application form from MacEwan International (7-105), from the Faculty of Nursing Dean’s office (Rm 9-511) or on the Faculty of Nursing student blackboard. Submit the completed form to Alison Vick or bring a paper copy to Room 9-511.

Deadline to apply: December 15, 2017

You will be notified of acceptance by January 3, 2018.

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Estimated costs

Based on maximum enrolment, the course is approximately $3000. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 is due on January 31, 2018. The fee covers:

  • Return air fare

  • In-country transportation

  • Accommodation (in the TSMU and Ukrainian Catholic University residences)

  • Meals

  • Tuition

  • Materials and fees

  • Guides and excursions

Costs not included in the course fee include:

  • Passport fee

  • Immunizations (only routine immunizations are required)

  • Transport to and from the Edmonton airport

  • Spending money

  • Insurance, if you are not already covered under an insurance policy. Note that your MacEwan Students’ Association insurance does not provide sufficient coverage.

Scholarships and bursaries

MacEwan University students are eligible for a variety of scholarships and bursaries, including the Education Abroad award and volunteer and leadership opportunities.

Scholarships, awards and bursaries

The Shevchenko foundation offers grants to individuals in support of Ukrainian Canadian cultural promotion and development.

The Shevchenko foundation

Documentation and student waivers

You will need to supply the following documentation to participate in the field skills course:

  • Valid Canadian passport

  • If you are not a Canadian passport holder, you may need an entry visa to Ukraine. You are responsible for checking visa requirements.

  • Travel insurance (fully comprehensive)

  • The following student waivers:












     HLST 400 - Global Health Perspectives



Application deadline: December 15, 2017
Acceptance notification: January 3, 2018
Non-refundable deposit deadline: January 31, 2018



If you are interested in this unique study abroad opportunity, please contact one of the faculty coordinators.

Elizabeth Burgess-Pinto

Christine Shumka