University of Utah

Office for Global Engagement

260 Central Campus Drive, 

Room 3105

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


177 Huntington Avenue,

21st Floor

Boston, MA 02115


Ensign College of Public Health

Tema-Akosombo Highway, Kpong Eastern Region, Ghana

P.O. Box AK 136, Akosombo

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Eccles Global is offering graduate and undergraduate University of Utah students the opportunity to participate in a four-week learning abroad trip in Ghana. This class teaches students about health and economic development and gives students the opportunity for experiential study of the ecology of expanding markets in Ghana. Students will work closely with Ensign College of Public Health and University of Utah faculty, local businesses, and health clinics as they study development in Ghana. By completing this program, University of Utah students fulfill an IR requirement and gain memorable experiences by learning abroad.


WHEN: June 9 - July 7, 2020

WHERE: Kpong, Ghana and surrounding areas

TAUGHT BY: Stephen C. Alder, PhD 


Different projects are assigned to students each year that help them gain a greater understanding of public health and development in Ghana. Students will take on leadership roles as they develop and complete their projects during the length of the class.


Excursions expose students to a range of different experiences and enable them to gain a sense of the wonderful country of Ghana. These expeditions explore public health, history, art, and wild ecotourism as we delve into the culture and appreciate everything that Ghana has to offer.  


Here is a breakdown of pricing, what's included in the program, and the overall program cost.

  • Gain valuable leadership experience

  • Work one-on-one with faculty from University of Utah faculty based in Utah and Ghana

  • Stand out by participating in a learning abroad course

  • Enjoy learning about a new culture

  • Expand your horizons, travel, & gain new friends from the US and Ghana

  • Become familiar with ecological and systems thinking in the social and behavioral sciences

  • Cultivate an understanding of how to conceptualize and apply multiple influences that impact economic development in an emerging economy

  • Gain experience evaluating and making strategic recommendations for helping business respond to contextual challenges

  • Learn strategies for framing the cultural, political, economic, and structural landscape environment

  • Understand the basic elements of behavior and social theory and how they relate to business development

  • Improve oral and written presentation skills



  • Class/book club meetings

  • Field Work – Kpong area

  • Presentation day

  • Excursions including: Mole National Park (Safari and Larabanga Mosque), Cape Coast (Elmina Slave Castle and Canopy Walk), Volta Dam tour, Shai Hills, Cedi Beads, exploring local markets


Send all questions or inquiries to Jill Stephenson