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  • Locations: Acornhoek, South Africa; Durban, South Africa; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Hluhluwe, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Dormitory, Hotel, Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: African American and African Studies, International Studies, Public Health, Sociology
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Academic Credit: Sociology
Education Abroad Coordinator: Rebecca McMunn
Program Description:
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Program SubSahara tab 1

Population and Health in Sub-­Saharan Africa is a month-­long experiential learning program in South Africa. It provides students with a broad understanding of health and population issues affecting Africa, with a specific emphasis on South Africa. 

The curriculum includes:
(1) a formal introduction to the demography and epidemiology of Africa, with emphasis on South Africa;
(2) an introduction to the data and analytical methods used to investigate population and health issues, using the Agincourt and Africa Centre data for examples;
(3) an overview of the rural health system and healthcare delivery with visits to local clinics, health centers and hospitals;
(4) field-­based experiences that mirror and bring depth to the in-­class learning, including time observing healthcare delivery at local facilities;
(5) a group project that investigates a specific question of interest using a comparative approach with the Agincourt and Africa Centre data that spans the full sequence of activities required to conduct research – identifying a question, operationalizing it, finding/acquiring data, analysis, and write-­up/publishing.

The course will require an ability to be quantitative. Students will learn and be expected to apply basic data management and statistical analysis methods using the statistical analysis environment. Students are expected to participate in experiential activities supporting the substantive courses of this study abroad program that introduce them to South Africa and key issues involving population and health. This consists of many in-­-the-­-field experiences coordinated with the classroom learning that is part of this course.


The program takes place at several sites in South Africa: Johannesburg, Acornhoek, Zululand and Durban.


Students will stay in modest accommodation throughout the program. Accommodations include hostels, student dormitories at local universities, or hotels.

Resident Directors

Professor Sam Clark
Department of Sociology

Professor Clarissa Surek-Clark
Department of Sociology

Education Abroad Coordinator

Rebecca McMunn
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click here to request one.



Courses and Credit SubSahara tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register for 6 credit hours of SOC 3798.04 during summer term. Participants will also be required to attend two pre-departure meetings with the instructor. 



Application Requirement SubSahara tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.5 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation . All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

This program is open to all majors, but preference will be given for majors of Sociology, Public Health, and African American and African Studies.

Students who submit successful applications will be required to participate in an interview with the Resident Directors before final acceptance.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs SubSahara tab 4

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $6,707 program fee. The program fee will include airfare from Columbus to Johannesburg, housing, required excursions, and most meals. It will not include return airfare from Durban to the United States, passport, or immunizations. 

Please refer to the budget sheet for this program to view all estimated costs of participation. 

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions SubSahara tab 5

  • Thursday, September 28, 5-6pm, 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Wedneasday, November 15, 5-6pm, 100 Enarson Classroom Building


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/03/2018
02/14/2018 05/08/2018 06/05/2018
NOTE: Dates include travel days.
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 TBA TBA

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