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- A view of Bangkok from the Royal Benja.


Understanding the globalization of health care will be most effectively demonstrated through   experiential and service learning.  Thailand has an active and growing medical tourism industry as well along with several other medical markets not accessible in the U.S.   For example, Hmong village healthcare, refugee health, and traditional or eastern health.  The course is enhanced by being taught in Thailand, providing experiential learning opportunities to understand cultural and familial dimensions of health and well-being as well as various health care delivery systems. 


A view of the Bangkok skyline.-


Course Structure


This course will incorporate lecture, observation, discussions, and hands-on experiences.  Framing questions will be posted for each learning activity to help students make sense of their experience.  Group discussion at regular intervals will provide space for learners to synthesize and make meaning of what is learned, observed, and experienced.  Participation requires walking along with physical stamina.  The course   relies on full participation in the in-country Thailand experience.  Therefore; active participation in all planned activities is required. 

 The tallest Temple in Chang Rai. -


Instructor Qualifications


Dr. Jill Klingner is the program leader.  She worked in Thailand in 1986-87 with Khmer refugees while seconded to the United Nations Border Relief Operations (UNBRO).  She has since returned to Thailand on several occasions. 


Dr.  Catherine Solheim is the program co. leader.  She lived and worked in rural Thai villages in 1979-1980.  She is fluent in the language and makes regular trips back to conduct research and visit family.  In 2007 she led a University of Minnesota - Twin Cities students on a learning abroad seminar to Thailand.




-   Normal traffic jams in Bangkok around 6 o’clock in the evening.