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  • Locations: Macha, Zambia
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Restrictions: MC applicants only
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Program Description:
BIOL 218 collageBIOL 218 Course (May 2019) 

You will take the BIOL 218 course “Healthcare in the Developing World” while living on a research compound in Macha, a rural African community that surrounds the Macha Mission Hospital.  You will develop a better understanding of the differences in the types of health care available for people in the developing world as compared with those in the developed countries that will be enhanced by observing the operation of the Macha Mission hospital and surrounding health facilities.  The course will allow you to understand common diseases and disease patterns affecting people living in the developing world, with the people of the Southern Province of Zambia providing an example.  You will develop an understanding of cultural patterns, practices and customs and how they relate to health and health care.  We hope that your studies and experiences will result in a greater empathy and compassion for people living in the developing world.
Estimated Course Fee: $4000

Faculty Biographies:

Dr. Larry Mylin (PhD) is a Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences.  He routinely teaches courses for majors: Molecular and Cellular Biology (BIOL 160), Microbiology (BIOL 382/381), Molecular Biology (BIOL 413), and Immunology (BIOL 418).  He is active in research that seeks to understand how cellular immunity can control cancers.  He spent a recent sabbatical doing malaria research at Macha, and enjoys spending May terms in Macha co-teaching the BIOL 218 course “Healthcare in the Developing World” (with Dr. Phil Thuma) or the IDCC 206 Zambia Cross Cultural trip (with Dr. Wanda Thuma-McDermond), so he has become familiar with the people and customs of Macha.

Dr. Phil Thuma (MD) is a Pediatrician and the Senior Scientific Advisor for the Macha Research Trust/ Malaria Institute at Macha.  Dr. Thuma was raised at Macha where his father, also a physician, established the current 200+ bed mission hospital.  Dr. Thuma is fluent in the local language and his service and accomplishments are appreciated and respected in the local community and church, the international research community and the Zambian government.  He lives in Macha more than half of the year and divides his time between overseeing MRT research that addresses problems of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and serving as a physician in the Macha Mission Hospital.  Dr. Thuma initially taught BIOL 218 as a January term course on the Grantham campus while serving as college physician and adjunct faculty member; the course has been offered at Macha since 2005.

Dr. Sarah Jones (PhD, RN) is a Professor in the Department of Nursing. Courses she teaches nursing majors include Pathophysiology (NURS 303), Care of the Adult and Older Adult (NURS 311 & 312), and Leadership in Nursing (NURS 413). As a professional nurse, she has enjoyed serving clients to meet medical, surgical, critical care, leadership, and pain management needs within healthcare organizations. She enjoys assessment research. Dr. Jones enjoyed time in Macha assisting in the Zambia Senior Nursing Practicum (NURS 495) in January 2016 and 2017.

May 2019 DRAFT BIOL 218 syllabus v12 LM.pdf


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Term 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.