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Program Overview

Program Overview

According to the World Health Organization, Thailand has “a long and successful history of health development,” yet it continues to struggle with public health issues such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. On CIEE’s Community Public Health program, you’ll examine these issues and more on regional and national levels through classroom instruction, fieldwork, and research with the help of health agencies, and visits to local communities. Plus, you’ll develop your Thai language skills, and explore this youthful, educated hub.

Study abroad in Khon Kaen and you’ll:

  • Interact and engage with villagers, academic researchers, government officers, and practitioners working to improve public health in Thailand
  • Visit various public health facilities and participate in community research stays
  • Visit another Southeast Asian country to compare and contextualize your knowledge of public health systems
  • Direct enroll at Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Public Health
  • Engage in Thai culture through community stays, translated exchanges, Thai student roommates, and peer tutors
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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 $5 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:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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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 visits, 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

Excursions and Site Visits

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An integral part of your studies involves visits to health care institutions, hospitals, and specialized centers in Thailand. You’ll journey to Wat Pho, a Buddhist temple that practices Thai traditional medicine, and conduct exchanges with people living with HIV/AIDS. An international trip to another Southeast Asian country will give you a well-rounded view of another public health situation and health care system to compare to those of Thailand. During your practicum, you’ll explore rural, semirural, and urban communities to learn the different health situations of diverse communities.

Fieldwork/Research

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to conduct research in the field. You’ll visit three to four communities over the course of the semester, conduct participatory research, develop appropriate diagnostic tools, create an intervention and evaluative plan, develop a rapport with community members and local health personnel, and present your academic findings at a public forum at the CIEE Study Center. Examples of past research projects include pesticide use by farmers and pesticide consumption; knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes of local communities about diabetes management and prevention; and risk behaviors of motorcyclists.

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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.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (17 wks)
06/01/2016
08/16/2016
12/15/2016
$16,650

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 **
$13,930
Housing
$2,150
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$152

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 $500 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 2017 (17 wks)
11/15/2016
01/17/2017
05/18/2017
$17,850

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 **
$15,081
Housing
$2,150
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$152

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 $500 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 *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$30
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$700

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

More Information
Fall 2017 (17 wks)
06/01/2017
08/15/2017
12/14/2017
$17,850

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 **
$15,081
Housing
$2,150
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$152

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 $500 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 *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$30
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$700

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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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • 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. While exploring this center for commerce, industry, education, government, and transportation, you’re as apt to see water buffalo and Buddhist monks traversing the streets as businesspeople and students. The city also is home to the region’s silk trade, and beautiful temples, museums, and recreation areas. Compared to other parts of Thailand, the relatively 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, Ph.D.

Center Director

David Streckfuss, Ph.D., 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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This program believes in the power of one. But much more so, we believe in the power of humans coming together and learning how to be friends so they can understand their situation and how they can organize for a better future.

This is a program about Thailand. Come learn about Thailand’s history and its particular journey. This program is about the common person of Thailand. How do things like development or globalization play themselves out in the lives of the poor?

And this program is about you. If you come, be ready and open to learning from those who have come before. Be ready to not only engage with the Thai people, but also with those on the program. And be ready to relate your experiences to those who come after you. By receiving, involving, and then passing on, the program’s work on issues of social justice strengthens and grows.

David Streckfuss, Ph.D., Center Director

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Jintana Rattanakhemakorn

Language Director

Jintana Rattanakhemakorn 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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Arunee Sriruksa

Assistant Center Director

Dr. Arunee Sriruksa is from Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Khorat) in the Northeast and has worked with CIEE since 2000. She received her B.A. in Information Science, and also completed her M.A. in Development Administration. She received her Ph.D. in Art and Cultural Research from Khon Kaen University with research interest focused on women’s role in Isaan Culture. She enjoys making art of all kinds. She oversees the administration of the program and all issues connected to student housing and Khon Kaen life.

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Anootnara Talkul Kuster

Academic Director

Dr. Anootnara Talkul Kuster 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 anxiety and stress as well as environmentally-friendly techniques to handle flooding in Khon Kaen City.

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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, doctorate's and professional degrees. KKU has 44,000 students: 31,000 undergraduate and 13,000 postgraduate. 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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You'll begin your study abroad experience in Khon Kaen even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident staffs meet with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

Students initially meet in Bangkok and then travel straight to the Study Center in Khon Kaen. 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

study abroad in Thailand

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

Content courses include CIEE and international students. Language courses are for CIEE students only.

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.

Students in the Community 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.

Professor Supannee Promthet, Ph.D., 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 anxiety and stress as well as environmentally friendly techniques to handle flooding in Khon Kaen City.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 canceled 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. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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. Contact hours: 15 in the classroom, plus 120 in the field. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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. Contact hours: 65. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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 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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