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  • Locations: Macha, Zambia
  • Program Terms: May Term
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  • Restrictions: MC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
Zambia CollageThree Messiah College faculty will share in offering this course: Larry Mylin (Biological Sciences) and Wanda Thuma-McDermond (Nursing) will lead the entire course, while Phil Thuma (Adjunct, Biological Sciences) will serve as an additional resource and supporting contributor while the group is in Zambia.

We will examine the history, geography and political environment, and culture of Zambia through readings, formal and informal conversations, guest speakers, visits to cultural and historical sites, a weekend homestay and multiple days of professional shadowing. Much time will be spent at Macha (Macha Mission Hospital, Macha Research Trust), and the course will especially focus on rural community life, rural community development, and international aid issues. Zambia in general, and Macha as a microcosm, has been affected by the “big three” diseases of poverty (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria). Experience life among a welcoming community that has risen to these challenges! This 3 credit Cross Cultural course is designed to provide a rich, interest-tailored cross cultural experience, and to fulfil the E.L.I. graduation requirement.
Estimated Course Fee: $4,300

Faculty Biographies:

Dr. Larry Mylin is a Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences. He routinely teaches courses for majors, including introductory Molecular and Cellular Biology (BIOL 160), Microbiology for Healthcare Professions (BIOL 382), Molecular Biology (BIOL 413), and Immunology (BIOL 418). He is active in research that seeks to understand how cellular immunity can control cancers. He enjoys spending May terms in Macha alternately co-teaching this CC course or the BIOL 218 course “Healthcare in the Developing World” with Dr. Phil Thuma. Dr. Mylin conducted malaria research during a three month sabbatical spent at Macha (Spring 2015), so he is familiar with the people and customs of Macha.

Dr. Wanda Thuma-McDermond is a Professor of Nursing with a specialty interest in Community/Public Health Nursing. She was born and raised at Macha so she always welcomes the opportunity to share her “home village” with others. Wanda has led multiple J-term Alternate Senior Practicums with nursing students (and others) to Macha, and also more traditional cross-cultural courses in May-June 2012, 2014 & 2016. Her passport is so full she has had to get extra pages, but is willing to fill those too since she believes the Zambian people around Macha can teach us so much!

Dr. Phil Thuma (MD) is a Pediatrician, Senior Scientist at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 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 also teaches the BIOL 218 course “Healthcare in the Developing World” for Messiah students at Macha.

Other Information:

2014 Syllabus CC Zambia May iDCC260 LUN.pdf

2014 Trip Calendar May June Zambia CC Trip.pdf


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