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*Community Development, Migration and Health in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

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The MU International Center sponsors this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the School of Health Professions. MU professor Wilson Majee will lead this two-week program in Cape Town, South Africa, in conjunction with the University of the Western Cape.

Interested in community development, migration and health promotion? This program provides an opportunity to integrate the goals of academic learning with a community experience in an international setting. Through lectures, job shadowing and community service, you will explore links between migration, community development and contemporary theories, concepts, issues and experiences associated with migration, development and population health.

The partnership between MU and UWC is unique. Both institutions have worked together to explore issues related to health and social services in the context of the history and culture of both countries.



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

P_HLTH 8001: Public Health Study Abroad (3) — You will work with community health workers in two resource-limited communities: Fisantekraal in Cape Town and Genadendal in rural Western Cape. You will learn to differentiate between people- and place-based approaches to community development, and will be able to define health promotion and explain health behavior theories. You will learn about the relationships between jobs, education, housing, transportation and health. The program will also define identification skills to recognize priority health issues for immigrants, key social determinants of health and appropriate intervention to address them.

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 be calculated 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 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 University Registrar.


Accommodations and meals

You will stay in shared accommodation/hostels in Genadendal. You will stay in shared apartments in Cape Town. Some meals will be provided and prepared by you in the living quarters. Other meals will be purchased at or near the placement sites. Four group meals will also take place at various sites in and around Cape Town.

Host city and surrounding areas

Cape Town, South Africa, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the world. The city's stunning vistas and biodiversity provide a beautiful backdrop and allow for easy access to outdoor activities. As South Africa's oldest and largest city, Cape Town boasts a wide variety of entertainment venues and three major public universities. Cape Town represents an extremely important link between South Africa's past and the hope for continued change in the future. The city's rich history embraces many different people and cultures from various parts of the world, which have blended over centuries into a diverse population. Cape Town is an ideal place to explore global health related issues such as migration and community development.


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

  • Table Mountain
  • Robben Island
  • Water Front
  • Kristenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point
  • Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach

Faculty program director

MU faculty member Wilson Majee, assistant professor of public health and health sciences, will accompany the students to South Africa.

Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students with 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.

Wilson Majee

Wilson Majee

Wilson Majee holds a Ph.D. in development studies. Wilson's overarching research goal is to explore, identify and implement place-based approaches to health and well-being of those living in resource-limited communities. Since 2015, Wilson has worked extensively with UWC faculty on community development, migration and health promotion research in the two program host communities: Fistantekraal and Genadendal. Prior to joining Mizzou, he worked as a regional community development specialist for MU Extension in rural Missouri.


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 scholarships toward program costs.

Dates and deadlines

Term Application deadline Program start Program end
Summer 2019 02/15/2019 06/16/2019 06/30/2019
Summer 2020 02/15/2020


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 start an application 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 International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application 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 and submit your application.
  4. Receive your admissions decision within 7–10 business days.

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