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Public Health in Amman
(Amman, Jordan)

Professor Wael Al-Delaimy
Dates Departure from U.S.: Fri., June 24, 2016
Arrival: Sat., June 25, 2016
Mandatory Orientation: Sun., June 26, 2016
First Day of Class: Sun., June 26, 2016
Last Day of Class: Thurs., July 28, 2016
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Fri., July 29, 2016

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to join one of the suggested group flights (coming soon) in order to take advantage of airport pick up.
  • If you are unable to take the group flight, please arrive no earlier than one hour before and no later than one hour after the group flights.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like more information about these flights or the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Thursday, Jan. 7 | 5:00-6:30pm
    International Center Lounge
  • Monday, Feb. 1 | 5:00-6:30pm 
    International Center Oceanids Pavilion

Why you should go

This Global Seminar will have an intensive course and lecture format highlighting basic aspects of population and public health and methods used to assess health in the population. This will be coupled with a clinical hands-on experience in dealing with these same issues in refugee populations in a less developed country and how the health system and non-governmental agencies deal with the health aspects of such refugee populations. Excursions to less populated area will shed light on alternative health beliefs and care. The experience gained is likely to shape the life-long career and the understanding of health by participants.

Academic preparation and prerequisites

The courses taught in this program, although intended for undergraduate students, are taught at a level similar to graduate courses and are therefore more academically rigorous than other Global Seminar courses. Students who choose the Amman, Jordan program should be academically and emotionally prepared for this challenge. In addition to the standard eligibility requirements of being in good academic and disciplinary standing, this program has the following pre-requisites:


  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Previous coursework in research methods with statistics (such as PSYC 60)


  • Previous coursework in public health (such as HILD 30)
  • Previous coursework in epidemiology (such as SOCI 107)
  • Arabic language background helpful but not required. UCSD Extension offers Arabic for Communication and Modern Standard Arabic each quarter.


  • A 15-minute interview will be part of the selection process.
  • Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis as applications are received.
  • The interviewers will review your personal statement for information about academic preparation and cultural sensitivity.

Note: REV 160GS and REV 165GS have been approved as upper-division electives for the Global Health major and minor, as well as the Public Health major.

Meet the professor

Prof. Wael Al-DelaimyWael Al-Delaimy is the Chief of Global Health in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine and teaches graduate Global Health students.

He has worked on four different continents and travelled to more than 25 countries and has a multidisciplinary approach to public health as an epidemiologist.

He pioneered methods for measuring tobacco smoke using toenails and is internationally recognized in this field. He also directs the California Tobacco Survey, which is a state wide multimillion dollar project that deals with tobacco behavior and attitudes by Californians.

Get in touch with UCSD Global Seminars

Study Abroad UC San Diego
University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
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