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JCMU: Health & Culture in Japan

Term To Study: Summer 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 08, 2020
Program Starts: May 11, 2020
Program Ends: May 25, 2020
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Provider
Link 1: JCMU website
Program Locations: Hikone
Contact Phone: 248-370-2848
Contact Name: Alex Zimmerman, Director Of International Education
Contact Email: azimmerman@oakland.edu
What is Included: tuition, course materials, health insurance
What is not Included: Airfare, food, ground transportation
Estimated Costs: Estimated extra costs $3550

Program Description

Length: 4-5 weeks, from mid-May through mid-June
Credits: 6
Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Housing: JCMU Residence Hall
Eligibility: Minimum 2.5 GPA, open to college students of all majors
Language of instruction: English
Program fees: Health & Culture of Japan budget sheet
Tuition discounts: Students attending a JCMU Consortium school pay a discounted rate

Summary: Explore Japan's unique approaches to health, healthcare, and public health firsthand! This program is designed to explore the vast effect of culture on Japan's health, healthcare, and public health while experiencing key aspects Eastern and Western medicine.

Not only will you be introduced to Japanese health issues facing the nation today, but you will also be given a chance to travel around the country to hear from leaders in the field. For example, past students have gone to Hiroshima, where an atomic bomb survivor recalled the harrowing aftermath of the devastation that occurred. Past students also visited the World Health Organization Kobe Centre, where experts discussed the current health issues they are combating in Japan.

Location: Built as a castle town during the early 1600s, Hikone retains much of its original charm. Spend your time visiting sites such as Hikone Castle, one of only twelve Japanese castles to remain in its original construction. After a day of sightseeing, head back to our campus directly on the shores of Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan and the third oldest lake in the entire world.

Looking for modern conveniences? In Hikone's vibrant downtown area, you can chill out in large malls, eat at a wide variety of restaurants, and even sing your heart out at one of many karaoke shops. Want to explore other parts of Japan? The city is only a short train ride away from the cities of Kyoto and Osaka, and on the bullet train line to Tokyo.

Cultural demonstrations: Visit the local Japanese universities, travel the country with your classmates, and engage in weekly cultural activities right on JCMU's campus.

Field trips & other benefits: You will be provided with your own bike to use while on the program. In addition, you will have the chance to go on a field excursion with your classmates! The location & date of the excursion are subject to change on a yearly basis, but past students have been taken to Kyoto, Nara, Uji, and more.

You will take the following classes while you are on the program:
• (3 credits) Comparative Health, Healthcare, and Public Health: This keystone course presents healthcare models and systems within the context of quality, access, cost, and policy. Classroom experience is enhanced with site visits and guest lectures. You will observe professionals in both traditional and highly-developed technological health-related settings, including clinics hospitals, and research centers.

• (3 credits) Introduction to Japanese Culture & Society: This course will present you with the opportunity to further explore the foundations of Japanese culture and society and how they shape the lives of the Japanese people, which will help you understand the culture that you will be living in. Classroom lectures will be enhanced with guest lectures, site visits, and Japanese cultural demonstrations and activities.

Quick Facts

Population: 127368088
Capital: Tokyo
Per-capita GDP: $ 35200
Size: 377915 km2
Time Zone: (GMT + 09:00 hours) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

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