International Program History

Nursing care that spans the globe.

Past Projects

Since 2003, The Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science has been conducting international clinical research missions focused on direct patient care while conducting needs assessment research as well as intervention research to identify the efficacy of therapies and education provided.

Vietnam and Cambodia aboard the USNS Mercy (2010)

In the summer of 2010, The School of Nursing and Health Science sent six nursing students and one faculty aboard the USNS Mercy to serve the people of Cambodia and Vietnam. Students worked with the pediatric and medical-surgical units on board and at on-shore clinics. The trip focused on patient care and the development of student cultural competencies and leadership. 

Cruce de Arroyo Hondo, Dominican Republic (2004 – 2010)

The School of Nursing and Health Science began sending students and faculty to Cruce de Arroyo Hondo in 2004 with the goal of improving the health of children and the community. Health care in the community of Cruce has been complicated by funding and accessibility. Students and faculty provided well-child examinations, health and developmental screenings and home visits. They identified needs for health care education with families and local health care providers and helped develop sustainable community health programs. Fifty-three USD graduate nursing students, eight USD nursing faculty and four pre-health students participated.

El Bohìo Dominicano

Mbarara, Uganda (2006 – 2010)

This project began in April, 2006 with consulting to build the first children’s hospital in Uganda. The goals of the project were to decrease the death rate of children and improve the health of the community. The hospital, a 60-bed in-patient unit with an outpatient department and administrative offices, opened on July 4th, 2009. As of December, 2011, Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital has treated over 40,000 children for both outpatient services and life-threatening illnesses, largely malaria, dysentery and respiratory infections. Students and faculty who participated in this project completed needs assessments, tested water quality, and taught community health educators, nurses, and doctors about community health and caring for children in a specialty hospital. The hospital is now operationally self-sustaining and is treating thousands of children each year. 60 USD graduate nursing students, 5 undergraduate chemistry students and 4 USD faculty participated in the project. 

Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital

Miacatlan, Mexico (2003 – 2009)

The program in Miacatlan started in 2003 with the dual goals of teaching students and faculty Spanish through immersion at Kukulcan Language School and identifying and addressing health needs of the children at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) orphanage. The School of Nursing and Health Science in collaboration with the on-site health personnel at NPH provided well-child examinations, health and developmental screenings and health education. The program placed a strong emphasis on the value and importance of cultural competency in the delivery of health care. 68 USD graduate nursing students, 3 pre-health students and 8 USD faculty participated.

La Morita Colonia (2003 – 2006)

One of the first international nursing missions began just across the border in La Morita Colonia in East County Tijuana. Students and faculty performed 1-day health care services and health education to the people of La Morita three to four times per year. 180 USD graduate nursing students, 10 USD nursing faculty and 40 community volunteers participated in this service. Approximately 1800 people were served.