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Department of Human Performance Launches Short-Term Study Abroad Program to South Africa in March 2014.

A group of undergraduate and graduate students will travel to Port Elizabeth and Cape Town over the Spring Break week to conduct research, connect with peers at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and visit the prestigious Sport Science Institute of South Africa, directed by Prof Tim Noakes at the University of Cape Town.


Allied health professionals learn evidence-based interventions to improve the lives of people they work with. Our new course, HP 4/518 Intercultural Competence for Allied Health Professionals, provides students with structured experiences in the classroom and as part of a short-term study abroad program to South Africa. The course and study-abroad program was developed by Dr. Cherie Pettitt, Asst Prof of Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology. Dr. Robert Pettitt and Ms. Ida Clark will be taking our first group of students over to South Africa in March 2014. The group will conduct collaborative research with Biokinetics Students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, participate in community service with Prof Jill Von Der Marwitz, Director of the HIV/AIDS Unit for NMMU in Port Elizabeth, visit with exercise science faculty/students at University of Cape Town, and will learn about the townships and how South Africa is rebuilding itself following the racial atrocities of the apartheid era.

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