Community Health in Kenya

Location: Nairobi & Elementaita, Kenya
Program Dates: August 15 - August 31, 2014


Course Overview

This program will take 10 community health nursing students over two weeks to work with faculty and Kenya healthcare providers in the provision of nursing/healthcare to underserved people in Nairobi and Elementaita, Kenya. Students will work in collaboration with St. Mary's Mission Hospital System to provide nursing care, health promotion, ad teaching activities at the hospital, clinics, high school, community, and/or orphanages in partial fulfillment of course requirements for Community Health Nursing. 

Download the program-specific application form to be submitted directly to Prof. Linda Knecht. 

Country Information

For a country of its size, Kenya sure packs a lot in: mountains and deserts, colorful tribal culture, beaches and coral reefs, and some of Africa’s best wildlife attractions. In fact, to say Kenya is Africa in microcosm would not be stretching the point. There are a million different reasons to come here, and picking just one is nigh impossible. Stunning landscapes set the scene, from Kakamega’s rainforests to Indian Ocean beaches by way of Mt Kenya National Park; the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara to searing deserts on the shores of the Jade Sea; with The Rift Valley, home to Hell's Gate National Park, cleaving a massive gash through it all.

The people, too, represent a wide cross-section of everything that is contemporary Africa, and everyday life brings together traditional tribes and urban families; ancient customs and modern sensibilities. Swapping the latest political gossip with the switched-on locals is just one more small pleasure that comes with the culture.

Excerpts about Kenya from Lonely Planet.


This course is taught by Dr. Linda Knecht, professor from the Nursing Department.


To apply for this program, you must be a RN/BSN student who is elibale to enroll in NUR 410 in Spring 2014 OR an ASD/BSN student eligable to enroll in NUR 401 in Summer 2014 and NUR 402 in Fall 2014. For more information, please contact Dr. Knecht at

Additional application forms and an interview are required by faculty site leader.


The program fee is $1,708*. This includes:

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Travel Visa
  • Health insurance
  • Cultural activities
  • Transportation in Kenya

Additional costs include: 

  • Tuition charges
  • Roundtrip airfare to Kenya
  • Passport
  • Immunizations

There is a $150 enrollment deposit required at the time of application. Students are required to submit full payment of program fee by March 14, 2014.

Cancelations & Refunds

Students who withdraw on or before February 21, 2014 are eligible to receive $50 from the $150 enrollment deposit. Any withdrawals must be done in writing and submitted to the Education Abroad Office. There will be no refunds after February 21, 2014. Students who withdraw after February 21, 2014 will be responsible for paying the full program fee.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Students must be accepted into a UM-Flint faculty-led program.
  • Students must be full-time UM-Flints undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the application.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate credit hours, or 9 graduate credit hours at UM-Flint at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA for undergraduates and 5.0 GPA for graduates at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must register for the course associated with the program.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, January 24, 2014. 

*Program fee is subject to change based on currency exchange rates.


Course Registration

This is a 2-credit course. Students are required to register for one of the following courses:

  • NUR 402
  • NUR 410


  • Application & Deposit Deadline: Friday,  January 24, 2014
  • 50% of program fee: Friday, February 21, 2014
  • Remainder of program fee: Friday, March 14, 2014