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  • Locations: Nanjing, China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Spring PGS
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Health Seminar: Environmental Health Issues and Global Implications (NURS 343/543)
Dr. Jianghong Liu, Nursing
This course will be a broad overview on current environmental health issues that contribute to significant global morbidity and mortality due to increased urbanization and growth in the economy. The course will cover basic principles of environmental epidemiology, toxicology, health effects of environmental exposures, risk assessment, as well as environmental policy and ethics. The class will have two portions. The first part of the class will be taught through lectures, case studies, discussions on campus and a local field trip in the Philadelphia area. The second part of the course will involve a field trip to China during the early summer to help students gain a global perspective on environmental health concerns.

Travel to China will take place May 10 - 25, 2018
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Course Information

Click here to view the preliminary course syllabus: NURS 343_543 Syllabus.pdf
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Due to the dates of travel, seniors graduating in May are not eligible. 
Prerequisites: General college-level chemistry and biology knowledge (e.g. CHEM/BIOL 101, 102) to understand the science underlying environmental health topics, or special permission.


The class will travel to China from May 10 - 25, 2018, and participate in collaborative lectures, symposium, hands-on laboratory work, site visits, and clinical observations at Shanghai Jiaotong University, the Xinhua Hospital affiliated with Shanghai Jiaotong University and/or Southeast University in Nanjing. For an example of each: laboratory work may entail environmental testing of air and water pollution, site visit may involve the Jiangsu CDC (two miles from Southeast University) to learn about public health policy, prevention and management in an international setting, and clinical observations may expose students to child development and their vulnerability to environmental exposures . Students will have joint classes with undergraduate/graduate students at Shanghai Jiaotong University or China Southeast University on global pollution.

A more detailed itinerary is coming soon.

Travel and Accommodation

Students will not be required to travel on a group flight, but will be given a suggested flight itinerary and parameters on when to arrive in Shanghai.
Accommodations include hotel rooms (double occupancy).

Cost and Finance

Penn Global Seminars are funded by a generous donation from the Hasan and Arifa Ahmad Fund, as well as contributions from Penn's Global Engagement Fund. All in-country logistical costs, including accommodations, transportation, entrance fees, translation services, and group meals, are covered by Penn Global. Students do not pay a program fee to participate in a Global Seminar.

Students will be responsible for the cost of the round-trip flight to the program site. For this course, students will be required to travel with a group flight. Students are also responsible for personal meals, visa fees, and vaccinations, where applicable.

A preliminary budget sheet is available here: Budget Sheet - Environmental Health Issues and Global Implications (PGS 019).pdf

A $250 deposit is assessed after a student commits to the program and is refunded upon receiving the student's confirmed flight itinerary. Students will be notified before the deposit is charged.

Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid may be eligible for an adjustment to their aid to cover the out-of-pocket costs of the program. Penn Abroad will share a budget sheet with Student Financial Services so that adjustments to the aid package can be determined.

All costs related to the on-campus component of the program are the responsibility of the student and are not figured into the program budget for SFS.

Next Steps

The application for this program opens September 11, 2017 and closes October 6, 2017. Please apply using the "Apply Now" button located at the top right section of this brochure. 

Applications are reviewed by a committee which includes the course instructor and Penn Abroad staff. Strong applicants will be invited for an in-person interview. 

Students will be notified of their decision on October 25, 2017 and will be given two weeks to commit to the program.

Please direct application questions to Laurie Jensen, Penn Global Seminars Manager, at

This program is currently not accepting applications.