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SPHL-in-Kenya: Global Community Health Internship (HLTH) (Virtual)

Kisimu, Kenya
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Maryland Virtual
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SPHL-in-Kenya: Virtual Global Community Health Internship (HLTH) is designed to support student development as a global community health professional, giving students the opportunity to build and enhance skills critical to future success in the field. This program is designed exclusively for UMD behavioral and community health students completing their capstone internship and is run through a partnership between Education Abroad, Behavioral and Community Health, and SIT study abroad. 

The virtual internship placement allows students to have a safe, professional experience while gaining insight into the present reality of remote workplaces for professionals around the globe and gaining necessary skills to communicate, collaborate and contribute across digital platforms. 

This program includes:

  • Guaranteed placement in a full-time virtual internship at a renowned public health institution or organizationin Kisumu, Kenya
  • Enrollment in HLTH491 for 12 credits, taught by UMD faculty member, Tracy Kennedy
  • Weekly lectures and discussion led by the SIT Kenya Academic Director
  • One-week orientation and internship preparation period prior to the start of the internship:
    • Cultural orientation sessions including an introduction to the people and culture of Western Kenya
    • Introductory Swahili language instruction to provide you with foundational language abilities needed to succeed in your internship and communicate with your peers. 
    • Virtual visits to local sites of interest
    • Internship preparation sessions
    • Virtual visit with a traditional healer

Students will spend 13 weeks in a full-time virtual internship with an organization or institution in Kisumu, Kenya, working on projects related to behavioral and community health.

Internship Placement
SIT will work with UMD students prior to the start of the program to identify internship preference and match them with an internship host organization prior to the program start date. As part of this process, students will complete an internship questionnaire and share a copy of their resume to assist SIT in placing them in an appropriate internship.

Potential internship placement sites include:

  • KEMRI or CDC on research projects related to HIV, TB, and malaria.
  • Country of Kisumu Department of Health and Sanitation
  • Jaramogi Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH)
  • Amani Counseling Centre

Site Supervisor & Support
Students will have an internship supervisor for the duration of the internship and will benefit from regular contact with the SIT Academic Director who will check in on internship progress and be available to help troubleshoot any challenges they may face.

You will enroll in HLTH491, a 12-credit internship seminar, HLTH491, taught by a UMD faculty member. In HLTH491, students will connect virtually with UMD classmates at other internship sites abroad and in the U.S., through a weekly classroom discussion, exchanging reflections on professional development experiences in the field. Upon completion of the internship, students will present to SIT and SPHL faculty.

Tracy KennedyTracy Kennedy is the course instructor for HLTH491 and oversees the internships.

Brittany LashleyBrittany Lashley is an Advisor in EA and advises prospective and admitted students in this program. In addition, she coordinates course registration, pre-departure orientation, and other logistical aspects of the program.

Steve WadingaSteve Wadinga, PhD. is the SIT Study Abroad Academic Director in Kenya. Steve mentors UMD interns and along with other SIT Kenya staff members provides on site support. Steve is a senior research officer at Kenya Medical Research Center (KEMRI) in Kisumu where he has led the tuberculosis research team and coordinated a weekly science seminar series for visiting scientists. He serves on the steering committee of the East African Consortium for Clinical Research and is co-chair of the TB Stakeholder Community Engagement Working Group and a member of the TB Clinical Trials Infrastructure Working Group. Steve has also coordinated the East Africa Healthy Pregnancy, Birth, Growth, and Development Knowledge Initiative that is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Steve holds a PhD in medical research, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany and a Master of Arts in project planning and management from the University of Nairobi. A Kenyan citizen, Steve lives in Kisumu, Kenya, with his spouse, June Kasyoki, and their two girls.

Tuition & Fees

The costs to enroll are the same same rates as UMD tuition and fees as listed below. These costs are billed to your UMD student account by Education Abroad. You will need to confirm your enrollment in this program by October 25th and upon doing so, the fees portion of program costs will be charged to your student account. Tuition will be charged to your account in December.

Your financial aid package will apply to these charges to your UMD student account. Please consult with the Office of Student Financial Aid with questions. 



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Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2022 03/15/2022 01/20/2022