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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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2.75 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Known for its innovative public health system, Thailand provides a fabulous environment for students interested in an intensive and integrated experience. Combining traditional classroom instruction with extensive field study involving public health initiatives, healthcare facilities, and visits to local communities, you will examine issues of public health and social services on a local, national, and international level.

Study abroad in Northeast Thailand, and you will:

  • Interact and engage with villagers, academic researchers, government officers, and practitioners working to improve public health in Thailand
  • Immerse yourself through visits to various public health facilities and through community research stays
  • Visit another Southeast Asian country to compare and contextualize your knowledge of public health systems
  • Get a university experience with direct enrollment at Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Public Health
  • Engage in Thai culture through community stays, translated exchanges, Thai student roommates, and peer tutors

Take hold of the unique opportunity to examine issues of public health on a global, regional and national levels with CIEE Thailand. You’ll work closely with your peers to deepen your understanding of community public health in Thailand.

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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship
  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

    The Bailey Scholarship is awarded to students who self-identify as a member of a group that has traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Award amounts are $1,500 for semester or yearlong programs and $1000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee’s CIEE program fee.

  • Peter Wollitzer Scholarship for study in Asia
  • Peter Wollitzer Scholarship for study in Asia

    The Wollitzer Scholarship is awarded to students from CIEE Academic Consortium Board Member institutions who are participating in CIEE study abroad programs in Asia. One award is made each semester in the amount of $2,000, and two awards of $500 each are made for summer programs. The awards are applied to the awardee’s CIEE program fee.

  • John E. Bowman Travel Grants
  • John E. Bowman Travel Grants

    The Bowman Travel Grants are awarded to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs in non-traditional locations and are meant to help to defray the costs of travel. All awards are $1,000 and are issued directly to the awardee, after all other program fees have been paid. For students whose school is billed for all fees, the award will be released within four weeks of award notification.

  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships
  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships

    In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE-ISP Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need. $2,000 for semester or yearlong programs and $1,000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • GAIN
  • GAIN

    CIEE created the Global Access Initiative (GAIN) to help students overcome the major barriers to studying abroad, namely costs and curriculum requirements. GAIN aids in the diversification of study abroad by providing overseas opportunities for students who are economically challenged. The award is $1500 towards an airline ticket with any remaining funds distributed to the student in the form of a check.

  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship
  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship

    The McDermott Scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, and who are either a Public Health or Nursing major, and/or are participating in a CIEE Community Public Health study abroad program. Awards range from $1000-$2500, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Enroll in a mixed method curriculum combining classroom and lecture-based learning, peer facilitation, site visit, and community engagement:

  • Use a number of local case studies to explore trends of health and disease, critical assessments of system reform, and control strategies for newly emerging health problems
  • Conduct field-based research as part of a detailed community health project
  • Learn the basics of Thai language, or advance your current level of proficiency, using local communities as the medium for practice
  • Gain an understanding of Thailand’s unique and innovative aspects of public health, including public health campaigns, village health volunteers, and health promoting hospitals

Site Visits

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Participate and facilitate frequent field trips to public health-related programs. These may include:

  • Local public health facilities
  • Regional hospitals and other specialized centers
  • Exchanges with people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Thai traditional medicine centers

This study abroad program also takes participants to visit various public health projects in another Southeast Asian country. Past trips have been to Laos, Indonesia, or Vietnam. A study visit to one of these countries typically involves an examination of health facilities and public health initiatives in a major urban area and at a more rural site.

Field Research

Put your knowledge to use. Based on the initial data you collect, you will conduct a research project and a modest community health intervention with your classmates:

  • Conduct participatory research, develop appropriate diagnostic tools, create an intervention and evaluative plan.
  • Develop rapport with community members and local health personnel
  • Present your academic findings at a public forum at the Faculty of Public Health
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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,564
Housing
$1,720
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$153

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$750
International Airfare *
$2,400
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$90
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
10/15/2014
TBA
TBA
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,564
Housing
$1,720
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$153

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$750
International Airfare *
$2,400
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$90
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2016
10/15/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • College-level coursework in public health or sociology recommended
  • Nursing and pre-med students encouraged to apply
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours.

The required Thai language courses on the beginning level has 65 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course. Language is taught intensively during the first three weeks of the program.

The contact hours for the Public Health Management of Thailand and Community Public Health courses are 60 and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

The Public Health Field Practicum has a minimum of 15 classroom and 120 field contact hours. Recommended credit for this course is 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students are required to take Public Health Management of Thailand, Community Public Health, Public Health Field Practicum, and one Thai language course at the appropriate level.

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About the City

About The City

Located in the center of the Northeast region, known as Isaan, Khon Kaen is Thailand’s fourth largest city with a population of over 300,000. About 300 miles north of Bangkok, it is the educational and government center of the Northeast, as well as the headquarters for many development organizations working in the region. Compared to other parts of Thailand, the relatively more rural Northeast has retained many of its traditional Lao and Khmer customs.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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David Streckfuss

Center Director

Dr. David Streckfuss has been the Center Director for the CIEE Programs in Thailand since 1994. He received his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is particularly interested in economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights. He enjoys baking, reading, writing, yoga, and discussing. As an independent scholar, he wrote Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté, published by Routledge. His next book, a comparative treatment of lèse-majesté in world history, is forthcoming. He is a frequent contributor to publications such as The Bangkok Post and The Asian Wall Street Journal. He has also served as the Acting Resident Director for the Cambodian Studies summer program since 2012..

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Living and working in Thailand has brought me a greater appreciation of the complexities and challenges of development in countries like Thailand. This is especially true of public health which is an integral part of every issue—whether it is organic farming, indigenous culture and local wisdom, consumption and waste, community development, or the environmental effects of mines.

Thailand is a beautiful country, and the Northeast is known in particular for the openness and generosity of its communities. Come and learn about public health in Thailand, and how it can be a prism through which to understand a society as a whole. Seeing public health from a Thai perspective will give you a chance to re-examine the same challenges facing your own culture and country.

— David Streckfuss, Resident Director

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John Mark Belardo

John Mark Belardo is the CIEE Study Center Field Coordinator. He has worked with CIEE since 2006. He was born in Bangkok but has lived in Khon Kaen most of his life. He received his B.A. in French from Khon Kaen University. He is now doing his M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Silpakorn University. He coordinates logistics and community stays, as well as assists with IT management and maintenance.
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Jintana Rattanakhemakorn

Jintana Rattanakhemakorn is the Language Director of CIEE Khon Kaen. She has worked with CIEE since 2006. She was born in Suphanburi and raised in Bangkok. She received her B.A. in Thai from Chiang Mai University, and also completed her M.A. in English from Khon Kaen University. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Seattle University College of Education. In her spare time, she enjoys running, step aerobics, and finding good places to eat.
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Jennifer Stewart

Ms. Jennifer Stewart is the Resident Director for the Community Public Health Program. She earned a B.S. in Nutrition Science and a B.S. in International Studies from Penn State University in 2002. She attended the Development and Globalization program in the summer of 2001 and was an intern with CIEE Khon Kaen in the fall of 2002. She completed a year as an Americorps VISTA before earning her B.S. in Nursing in 2005 from Duquesne University. After working as an RN in Labor & Delivery and Women’s Health, she earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she worked in homecare and in a rural, Federally Qualified Health Center. She completed coursework in Thai Language at the University of Wisconsin’s SEASSI program in 2007. Last year, she worked with CIEE Khon Kaen as a Global Health Fellow for the CPH program. She enjoys yoga, running, traveling, foreign languages, coffee, and nutrition/good food.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Khon Kaen University (KKU), founded in 1964, has 19 faculties that offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and professional degrees. KKU has 44,000 students—31,000 undergraduate and 13,000 postgraduate students. The Faculty of Public Health at KKU, the faculty in which CIEE students study, was established in 1978 as part of the Royal Thai Government’s policy to extend higher education to the rural areas of the country, and to leverage the resources of KKU to help address the development needs of people in the Northeast region.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. While not on community visits and staying with host families, students live with a Thai roommate in off-campus rental units near KKU. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can eat meals at the University cafeteria or local restaurants.

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Orientations

Orientations

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Students initially meet in Bangkok and then travel to an orientation site for a few days. There you'll learn about the overall structure of the program and begin Thai language study. The orientation also introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Khon Kaen. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet access is provided in both on- and off-campus accommodations. The CIEE Study Center also has wireless Internet access.

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Culture

Culture

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Students in the Community Public Health study abroad program visit local cultural and natural sites of interest, and participate in frequent field trips to public health-related programs. These may include HIV/AIDS hospice or hospital wards, the provincial offices of the Ministry of Public Health, and local public health facilities, regional hospitals, and other specialized centers. You also visit various public health projects in another Southeast Asia country. Past trips have been to Laos, Indonesia, or Vietnam. A study visit to one of these countries typically involves an examination of health facilities in the capital or other major urban area, and at a more rural site. Details are provided in the on-site program guide as new projects are discovered.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Program

The CIEE Study Center has been based at Khon Kaen University since 1991 and its initial focus on development was established three years later in 1994. The Community Public Health study abroad program began in spring 2010. This program combines traditional classroom instruction with extensive field study involving government, private, and public health agencies, as well as visits to local communities.

Academic Culture

The Faculty of Public Health at Khon Kaen University prepares students in the classroom, while government officials and practitioners provide guidance during students’ visits to various public health projects. Students use public health diagnostic tools to generate proposals and organize a project in the last part of the program. The program’s language instruction utilizes a proficiency-based approach designed to enable students to function effectively in everyday situations. Courses at all levels combine intensive classroom learning with the use of peer tutors and interactive exercises. Language classes are offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students should be aware that the program is academically demanding. Given the number of lectures, discussion sessions, site and community visits, students can expect most days during the week to be full.

Nature of Classes

Participants generally take classes with other study abroad students, although some international graduate students at the faculty may join in some classes.

Grading System

In the CIEE courses, students are normally graded on the basis of a series of short papers, active participation, three-week project, and final paper. In the language courses, assessment is based on daily homework, quizzes, and exams. Letter grades (A-F) are given with pluses or minuses.

Students in the Public Health study abroad program may expect a close collaborative relationship with various public health faculty members and CIEE staff who conduct periodic evaluations throughout the semester.

Language of Instruction

English
Thai

Faculty

Courses are taught by the Faculty of Public Health lecturers and instructors from related faculties at Khon Kaen University. The biographies of current faculty instructors are listed below.

Courses are taught by the Faculty of Public Health lecturers and instructors from related faculties at Khon Kaen University. The biographies of current faculty instructors are listed below.

Professor Dr. Supannee Promthet has served as the course director for many CIEE courses since 2011. She finished her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Tempere in Finland. Her M.Sc. in Epidemiology is from Mahidol University, and she has an undergraduate degree in Nursing from Khon Kaen University.

Dr. Anootnara Talkul is a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Health Science at the Faculty of Public Health at Khon Kaen University. She finished her doctorate at Drexel University in Biomedical Science, after completing a Master's degree at Lehigh University. She finished her B.Sc. degree and a Master's degree at Mahidol University in Bangkok. Her recent research has focused on prevention of workplace aniexty and stress as well as environmentally-friendly techniques to handle flooding in Khon Kaen City.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Courses

PUBH 3001 THPH

Public Health Management of Thailand
This course takes a multi-disciplinary approach in examining epidemiology; public health and management; theory and conceptual frameworks in public health; global trends of health and disease; control strategies for newly emerging health problems; comparative analysis of health systems based on health insurance schemes; and critical assessment of health care system reform with regards to equity, quality, efficiency, and social accountability. Students examine a number of case studies, with a primary focus on Thailand, but also learn about the public health experience of other Southeast Asian countries.

PUBH 3002 THPH

Community Public Health
This course combines classroom instruction and structured group field visits for each unit. The course takes an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach that utilizes theories and practices of the social sciences and public health, with a focus on community health and diseases, the use of various diagnostic tools to analyze community health problems and identify solutions, and project conceptualization.

PUBH 3003 THPH

Public Health Field Practicum
This course may take a variety of forms, depending on opportunities available through the Ministry of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health at Khon Kaen University, and student interest. Students work in groups and are expected to complete a short, yet comprehensive community health project that involves project planning, development of appropriate diagnostic tools, an intervention plan, a participatory research component, and an evaluative plan. After the intervention, students present their findings and write a final report.

Required CIEE Language Courses

The Language Director for the following courses is Jintana Rattanakhemakorn. She graduated from Chiang Mai University with a B.A. in Thai and completed her M.A. in English at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Khon Kaen University.

THAI 1001 THPH

Beginning Thai I
This course introduces students to the basics of the Thai language through conversation, reading, and writing. Within the context of everyday life experiences, students practice dialogues, learn the basic Thai writing system in order to facilitate pronunciation and language acquisition, and engage in interactive homework assignments. When possible, teachers also use local communities as the medium for language practice.

THAI 1002 THPH

Beginning Thai II
This course is for students who have had some significant, yet limited experience, with Thai. It follows along the description of Beginning Thai I, but at a higher level.

THAI 2001 THPH

Intermediate Thai I
This course is offered for students who can carry on simple conversations with various circumstances and fairly accurate pronunciation, and demonstrate a clear understanding of the Thai writing system. The focus is on enhancing students’ vocabulary and grammatical knowledge in order to increase their communicative competence in speaking, reading, and writing. Course materials are taken from current literature sources and newspapers, as well as audio, video clips, and movies.

THAI 2002 THPH

Intermediate Thai II
This course is for students whose Thai language abilities coming into the program are more advanced than Intermediate Thai I, but still not at the advanced level. It follows along the description of Intermediate Thai I, but at a higher level.

THAI 3001 THPH

Advanced Topics in Thai Language
This course is offered to students who can demonstrate a diverse use of vocabulary, solid understanding of grammar patterns, and clear pronunciation. Students are expected to advance in verbal and written communication at both casual and academic levels. Course materials are taken from current literature sources and newspapers, as well as audio, video clips, and movies.

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