The Accra Global Health Program is a six-week summer term program jointly developed by Boston University and Lancaster University’s Accra Global Health Program. The program will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the critical topic of public health in West Africa. Students will explore the relationship between microbiology and the social determinants of health through a course hosted at the newly established Lancaster University Ghana. Through the health sciences practicum, students will see firsthand how public health strategies are implemented on the ground and apply their learning through a classroom component. Students will enhance their learning through field trips and interactions with local hospitals, research institutions, and NGOs. During their time in Accra, students will live in modern dormitory-style, multiple-occupancy rooms located within a short walk from the Lancaster University Ghana campus.

  • Ideally suited for Health Science or Public Health majors or minors
  • Students should have sophomore standing or higher at the time of participation
  • Some courses carry prerequisites
  • Refer to our policy of eligibility/admissions
Students enroll in one required course and one internship course.  Each course carries 4 Boston University credits.  Students must enroll for a total of 8 credits.

  • SAR HS 435 Human Infectious Disease in Ghana
    • Prerequisite: 1 Previous college-level course in Biology
    • This course will concentrate on the major communicable diseases in Ghana; malaria, waterborne diseases, and the WHO-designated neglected tropical diseases such as schistosomiasis and leishmaniasis. This course will combine components of laboratory microbiology and public health, specifically addressing the social determinants of health, to provide students with a broader, contextual understanding of factors that impact infectious disease patterns within Ghana.
  • HS 404 Health Sciences Practicum
    • Practical experience in health care setting (health policy, administrative, constituent advocacy), public health setting, or government or non-government health agency setting. Direct care and contact with patients should not be expected; flexibility is essential.
Program Residence

  • Double or triple rooms, shared bathrooms
  • Partial board included—dinner and breakfast provided for students. Students must pay for lunch out of pocket
  • No dining hall available
  • No kitchen available
  • Laundry facilities available (not included)
  • Athletic facilities available, communal outdoor and indoor space
  • Air conditioned
  • Several study locations at LU Ghana, as well as communal space at program residence
  • Summer Term: late June to mid-August
  • Summer Term: March 1