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Studying Health Care in South Africa

Sometimes a class not only addresses all of your interests, but takes you to the other side of the world as well.
January 5, 2015

aryn visiting a daycare in Khayelitsha Township, South Africa

aryn visiting a daycare in Khayelitsha Township, South Africa
Taryn visiting a daycare in Khayelitsha Township, South Africa.

Sometimes a class comes along that perfectly blends everything that you’re interested in—and then it takes you halfway around the world. That’s what Taryn Ibach got when she registered for Life Sciences in South Africa.

The public relations major is also minoring in management and public health, so the course gave her the opportunity to learn about the medical device industry, HIV/AIDS public education campaigns, and national health care delivery using one nation as a case study.

At the end of fall semester, the entire class flew to Cape Town, South Africa to see firsthand what they had been learning in the classroom in Minneapolis.

Once in South Africa the students attended a series of lectures by prominent doctors, innovators and entrepreneurs. “Meeting the best and the brightest of South Africa was an amazing opportunity,” says Taryn, “Seeing the places, meeting the people and just living in the country we’ve been studying was truly an unforgettable experience.”