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Students from 8 Chinese universities visit SLU, explore public health and social work

Forty-two students from eight different Chinese universities arrived on July 17 for a month long program hosted by Saint Louis University's College of Public Health & Social Justice and Enrollment & Territory Outreach. These students are participating in the Jiangsu Education Services for International Education (JESIE) just one of the Summer at SLU experiences offered.


This is the third year SLU has hosted the JESIE program. Traditionally, the JESIE group has paired public health with geographic information systems (GIS) courses. However, the popularity of the SLU program has grown too large to be housed in one program and students now have an option of choosing to study public health or GIS during the summer.

This year also marks the first time SLU will receive students from Tongji Medical College. The College for Public Health & Social Justice has collaborated with Tongji Medical College on research and has agreements for education opportunities. This is the first shared educational opportunity under the agreement signed in 2012.

During the day, JESIE students will be attending lectures and workshops. For the first two weeks, Brett Emo, PhD (Environmental and Occupational Health) teaches Intro to Global Health. In this course the focus is how health promotion and disease prevention occurs around the world. The JESIE student's second course will be Ethical Issues in Global Health with Jami Curly, PhD (Social Work) and Elizabeth Schwaab (Public Health). This course will look to expand on their new public health foundation and apply social work and public health practice in an international context.

The lecture is then supplemented by workshops taught by PhD students in the afternoon. These workshops have different exercises every day to help the JESIE students improve their written and spoken English. These workshops range in difficulty from simple activities of familiarizing themselves with American media to simulating a World Health Organization Summit to develop new Millennium Development Goals.

SLU also ensures these students experience American and St. Louis culture while in the program. Students will spend time at places such as the Arch, Ted Drewes, the Muny and the Cardinals game throughout the month.

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