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Food Security, Health, and Nutrition Study Abroad in Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Hotel Areas of Study: Dietetics and Nutrition, Pre-Health, Public Health, Sociology
Class Status: 1-freshman, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-graduate student, 6-other Program Type: study abroad
Program: Faculty-Directed
Program Description:
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This study abroad program in Zambia provides a unique opportunity to enhance the international experience and research skills of UM students, including scientific data collection, data analysis, and presentation. Students will experience cultural immersion while conducting research in two different regions and ecological zones of Zambia. Students will gain a greater understanding of bio-cultural adaptation, the impact of poor nutrition on growth and development and overall health, as well as the multifaceted challenges of agricultural production, environmental degradation, drought, and food insecurity. 
 
This study abroad will include 5 days of preparation in the U.S., followed by a full 5 week fieldwork experience in Zambia. The preparatory week will include reading and discussing literature, selecting a research topic or focus, examining the languages and cultures to be experienced, reviewing the study abroad procedures, and organizing contact information and safety procedures.  UM students will write reflective journal entries for each day of the study abroad and participate in daily wrap-up discussion sessions. Teams composed of UM and Zambian university students will work together throughout the study experience.  Teams will engage in a broad array of activities, e.g., collecting survey data and interviewing, visiting health and education programs, assessing growth and development and nutritional status (anthropometry), mapping social and natural resources, visiting markets and small holder farms, and conducting participant-observation to facilitate learning and develop research skills.
 
All student teams will spend 3 to 5 days conducting participant-observation within local farming communities and households. The focus of the participant observation will be determined by the interests of students as identified in the pre-departure session. For example, students with an interest in animal science will be placed in households with a variety of livestock holdings. In this experience, student teams will work with a rural family and collect data based on their preparatory training.  Also, students will assist in household and/or farming activities where possible, e.g., harvesting, plowing, marketing, cooking, etc.   Students will be required to compile lists of all food-related items available for sale within 3 to 5 community markets in the study area.

Non-UM students must be admitted to the University of Mississippi as visiting students by Applying Here.  Applications can be submitted on the Study Abroad website before or after being admitted to UM.

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Faculty Dr. Anne Cafer
Course Credit 6 hours of SOC credit
Prerequisites None
2.5 - 3.0 GPA may be considered after meeting with faculty member
Program Price $6,075
Program Price Includes Tuition, housing, program-sponsored excursions, ground transportation in Zambia, international health insurance
Program Price DOES NOT Include UM Study Abroad Application Fee, airfare, meals, personal spending money, and passport and visa fees

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.