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*Work, Human Rights and Social Determinants of Health

Santiago, Dominican Republic ; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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The MU International Center sponsors this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the Master of Public Health program and Department of Health Sciences. MU instructor Deborah Hume will lead this three-credit program in Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic.

This program will introduce you to multiple sectors within the Dominican economy as a means of examining the intersection of public health, globalization and human rights. You will explore conditions of work and life for workers in a variety of sectors: a garment factory that produces licensed college apparel (including for MU), ecotourism, mining, sugar production and baseball academies feeding into Major League Baseball, as well as parts of the informal sector including sex work and child labor. You will consider how international trade agreements, consumer demands in countries like the United States and Dominican policies impact the opportunities for workers in the Dominican Republic to maintain their health and safety on the job, and the health of their families and communities.



You will be enrolled in one MU course for a total of three credit hours.

P HLTH 8001 (3), HLTH SCI 4001 (3) or P HLTH 4001-02 (3) will introduce you to multiple sectors within the Dominican economy (e.g., garment production, ecotourism, mining, sugar production, baseball, sex work and informal sectors) as a means of examining the intersection of globalization, workers' rights and public health. Considering social determinants of health as well as occupational health and safety, you will explore connections between work in the Dominican Republic and global consumerism, with a specific look at Missouri.

Academic credit

You will be enrolled in actual MU courses. You are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, you must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.

MU students: Grades will calculate into your MU GPA and appear on your MU transcript when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. You must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to your home university. You must work with your home university to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue one transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on your Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.


Accommodations and meals

You will stay in shared rooms with shared baths in hotels while in the Dominican Republic.

Host city and surrounding areas

You will enjoy two host cities, Santo Domingo and Santiago. Located on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo is the capital and largest city in the country. More than 500 years old, the city has a rich history and contains the Ciudad Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Santiago (full name: Santiago de los Caballeros) is the second largest city and is located in the north central part of the country in a fertile, agricultural region. In the rural areas and mountains between Santo Domingo and Santiago and along the coast are smaller towns and villages, supported by mining, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.


You will travel with the group, but will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during your time abroad. Travel will likely include visits to:

  • COIN and Ciudad Colonial in Santo Domingo
  • Royals' Baseball Academy near Boca Chica
  • Alta Gracia apparel factory
  • Accion Callejera (Street Action) and Niños con una Esperanza (Children with a Hope) in Santiago

Tentative itinerary

  • May 20: Depart the U.S.; arrive in Santo Domingo
  • May 21: Santo Domingo city tour
  • May 22: Visit U.S. embassy
  • May 23: Visit C.O.I.N.; film screening
  • May 24: Visit Fabrica Alta Gracia and Royals Baseball Academy
  • May 25: Beach day
  • May 26: Depart Santo Domingo; Rio Blanco Ecotourism Complex visit and overnight stay
  • May 27: Arrive in Santiago; city tour
  • May 28: Lecture on human trafficking; dance class
  • May 29: Union representatives dicussion
  • May 30: Visit Barrick Gold and Timberland Factory
  • May 31: 27 Charcos; Batey Baraguana visit
  • June 1: Visit Niños con una Esperanza and Accion Callejera
  • June 2: Depart Santiago; return to U.S.

Faculty program director

University of Missouri retired faculty member Deborah Hume, Master of Public Health program and Department of Health Sciences, will accompany the students to the Dominican Republic.

Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.

Deborah Hume

Deborah Hume is a retired teaching professor in the MU Master of Public Health program and Department of Health Sciences. She has a Ph.D. in social psychology, and taught social and behavioral sciences in public health, immigrant health, and principles and practice of public health, among other courses. She has done extensive community work related to human trafficking, served as co-chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls, and currently serves on the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. She is particularly interested in taking a public health approach to the prevention of human trafficking and labor exploitation, and exploring how national and international trade, labor and immigration policies are among the social determinants of health.


Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Program Start Program End
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 05/20/2018 06/02/2018

Early acceptance date for summer programs: December 15

Summer faculty-led programs fill up quickly! Submit your application by the early acceptance date to ensure preferred consideration for admission and to be eligible for International Center scholarship funds reserved for early acceptance applicants. Applications are still welcome after the early acceptance date, but must be received by the final application deadline for consideration.


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application in using the button below if you are an MU student.
    • Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process.
    • Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Recommendations - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically.

This program is not currently accepting applications.