China Summer Study Abroad 2013

June 19, 2013 — July 26, 2013

Choose a course in either Health Administration or Nursing

All Majors are welcome to apply

Two Different 5-week Classes:

  • The Chinese Health Care System: The Impact of Culture and the Business Environment (HSA 499/599), 3 hours undergraduate or graduate credit. This course focuses on a comparison of the health care systems in China and the United States. It also examines the origin and current status of the health care in China and Chinese health care professionals will discuss their roles. Health care and cultural visits are planned to cities in eastern China, including Shanghai and Shuzhou. All majors are welcome. No prerequisites.
  • Nursing in the Chinese Health Care System: Clinical, Cultural, and Economic Issues (NURS 395), 3 hours undergraduate credit. This study abroad experience will explore the historical, social, ethical and cultural components of nursing and other health care professionals in China. Health care issues, health promotion programs, community and hospital-based practices will be studied and discussed during this course. Chinese health care providers will discuss and answer questions regarding their health care system. Study tours are planned to relevant historical sites, modern health care facilities and nursing and medical museums. Opportunities to shadow health care professionals enable the students to experience the Chinese health care system. All majors are welcome. No prerequisite.

Two health-related courses are being offered as part of the University of Evansville's five-week 2013 program in China. Both five-week courses examine the current health care system in China and explore the cultural aspects of health care. Each course consists of a series of lectures and extensive field studies. Students will have a chance to study comparative health care systems with Chinese health care students. Visits will be made to numerous health care sites in eastern China, including major hospitals and government health agencies. Faculty members from the International College at Zhejiang University will provide guest lectures and give an overview of Chinese culture, history, and current economic issues. During the first week, brief Mandarin language and culture lessons will prepare students for interacting within the city. Both classes will have an extended visit to Shanghai and also travel to Beijing and visit the Great Wall.

Classes meet collectively for group information and individually to study each specific field of interest. The Health Services Administration course will focus on site visits dealing with administrative and economic aspects of health care, while the nursing course will have a more clinical focus.

These courses are of particular interest to students in health care, business, social sciences, and pre- medicine. There are no specific prerequisites for the courses.


The University of Evansville is a member of the Higher Learning Commission. Students should check with their home school for course approval and transfer information.


The comprehensive charge for the courses will be: $4275 undergraduate credit; $5275 graduate credit.

This charge includes tuition (3 credits), Chinese visa and visa processing, all housing, all site visit transportation and entry fees, travel to Beijing and the Great Wall; Shanghai; historical and culture sites in and near Hangzhou) and some meals.

Additional expenses for students will include round-trip airfare, approximately $400 for meals, and personal expenses. A group flight from Evansville will be proposed in late January. A faculty member will accompany those students who elect to join the group flight. Airport pick-up in Shanghai will be arranged for students who arrive by designated time on arrival day. Current estimated cost of round-trip flight from Evansville in range of $2,000-$2,500.


Both courses will be team-taught by Dr. Bill Stroube and Dr. Amy Hall. They have team taught courses in England, Hungary and China.

Dr. Stroube is Professor and Director of the Health Services Administration graduate and undergraduate programs. Before joining the University of Evansville faculty in 1998, he spent twelve years in management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, and eight years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C. He has extensive international experience leading student groups through several health care systems. Since 2000, he has taught fifteen summer classes in various formats in England, China, Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria. He has spent a total of four months in China during the past five years.

Dr. Hall is White Family Endowed Professor and Chair of Nursing. Before joining the Univeristy of Evansville in 2006 she was a faculty member at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in Peoria, IL. She has extensive experience leading health service administration and nursing courses in England. During 2011 she team-taught a 5-week course in China. She is co-author of the popular nursing textbook, Fundamentals of Nursing, 8th Edition, published by Elsevier.

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