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Study Abroad in Tanzania

This program provides a collaborative opportunity between Public Health, Statistics, and students attending the post-graduate institute of AIMS in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, East Africa. Students will be able to work with Masters-level students at the Institute to review and analyze thesis data, thus learning statistical concepts and applying statistical analyses. In addition, students will review and interpret health related data of from the theses of students, contextualizing it with the theories and concepts learned in the Global Health perspectives course. Students will have the opportunity to meet community groups and visit local clinics, hospitals and the renowned Ifakara Health Institute that conducts clinical trials research. The course will use the 16 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations as its foundation. The program will include opportunities for cultural exchange and students will experience environmental preservation and sustainability by visiting the Mikumi National Park and Safari that is specific to region.

Course Information

Students can apply to take either one or both courses.

PUBH 375: Global Health Perspectives. (3 credits). (Prereq: HPRO 121). The course provides an overview of the multi-dimensional and inter-sectoral aspects of health of the global south, including: population spread, disease burden, environmental health, international policy, grassroots advocacy endeavors, civil society, government, and the international sector. This course can be used to fulfill an elective in the Public Health major or minor and as a cognate. 
Instructor: Dr. Fredanna M'Cormack

STAT 201: Introductory Statistics (3 credits). (Prereq: Math 130, Math 130I, or Math 139) (Coreq: STAT 201L). An introductory course in the fundamentals of modern statistical methods. Topics include descriptive statistics, introduction to probability, random variables and sampling distribution, linear regression and correlation, testing of hypothesis concerning one and two population samples, confidence interval estimation of parameters and introduction to one way ANOVA (analysis of variance). Primarily for students in the field of science who need basic knowledge of statistics.
Instructor: Dr. Lindsey Bell
This course does satisfy core goal 2

STAT 201L: Introductory Statistics Lab (1 credit). (Prereq:  Math 130, Math 130I, or Math 139)(Coreq: STAT 201). The computer laboratory involves exercises and/or lectures accompanying STAT 201. Students will use various statistical software. Laboratory exercises are designed to analyze data using appropriate tests/methods introduced in Statistics 201. 
Instructor: Dr. Lindsey Bell
This course does satisfy core goal 2

Faculty & Staff Leaders 

Program Leader Fredanna M'Cormack‌Dr. Fredanna M'Cormack McGough, Associate Professor, Public Health
Dr. Fredanna M'Cormack is an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion in the Department of Health Sciences at Coastal Carolina University. Dr. M’Cormack is originally from Sierra Leone, where she routinely continues to travel and conduct research on maternal and child health and improving access to health services. Dr. M'Cormack led a group of CCU students to Sierra Leone for two weeks during Maymester 2011.
In addition to Sierra Leone, Professor M'Cormack also travels to other African countries including Kenya (where she lived for 15 years), Ghana, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, and Liberia. Dr. M’Cormack also traveled to Barbados where she worked with Dr. Yannessa to develop the Study Abroad Barbados experience.

Dr. Lindsey Bell, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics ‌ 843-349-2280
Dr. Lindsey Bell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  She earned a PhD in Biostatistics from Florida State University in 2011.  During her time as a student Lindsey traveled to Greece, Egypt, and Turkey for a semester long study abroad.  Additionally, she has traveled to Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya, Haiti, and New Zealand for pleasure and volunteer work with Hope for Haiti’s Children (HFHC) and Made in the Streets (MITS). Besides travel experience, she also offers ideas on a more meaningful introduction to statistics through interactions with the Bagamoyo community.   Lindsey is excited to share her passion for teaching statistics and engaging students in real world applications of the subject.

James P. SolazzoDr. James P. Solazzo, Professor, Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics  
Dr. James P. Solazzo is a Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Coastal Carolina University. Dr. Solazzo has travelled to the nation of Tanzania (TZ) extensively during the last three years lecturing for the African Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). His ongoing working relationship with the AIMS-TZ Center in Bagamoyo, TZ has provided many of the contacts related to the student experiences detailed in the application. In particular, the use of the AIMS-TZ academic center by CCU and the active engagement between CCU and AIMS students which is a focal point of this study abroad experience. In addition to teaching for AIMS, Dr. Solazzo has worked closely with the Academic Director of the AIMS-TZ Center to develop a curriculum that better prepares AIMS graduates for PhD programs in the mathematical sciences. As such, he has an established working relationship with the AIMS-TZ administration and is familiar with the cultural nuances there are to navigate in country.

Cost of the Program

Cost of the Program = Program Fees + (Number of Credits x Tuition Rate)

In-State Students ($357/credit)
CCU credits  Program Fees Tuition  Cost of Program
3 credits $4,466 $1,071 $5,537
4 credits $4,466  $1,428 $5,894
7 credits $4,466  $2,499 $6,965


Out-of-State Students ($432/credit)
CCU credits Program Fees Tuition Cost of Program
3 credits $4,466  $1,296 $5,762
4 credits $4,466  $1,728 $6,194
7 credits $4,466  $3,024 $7,490

Included in Cost of Program: Roundtrip airfare from U.S. to Tanzania, ground transportation in-country; accommodations; excursions; breakfast, lunch, and dinner for most days in-country; and emergency medical insurance.

Not included in Cost of Program: 

  • Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $400 for lunch and dinner for the 4 days in Dar-es-Salaam, and spending money for optional local activities. These are expenses not covered by the program fees that students should expect to cover, and will vary based on individual spending habits. 
  • As students will depart from MYR or a nearby airport, students will need to make sure they have accommodations leading up to the program departure date.  Students should confirm with faculty leaders the date of departure before securing housing.

Payment Schedule for Program Fees and Tuition

Program Fee & Tuition Schedule Due Date Amount Due
Deposit November 1, 2017 $300
1st Payment December 8, 2017 $1,389
2nd Payment January 12, 2018 $1,389
3rd Payment February 12, 2018 $1,388
Tuition April 20, 2018 In-State: $357/credit
Out-of-State: $432/credit

Deposits can be made in-person at Student Accounts (Baxley Hall) or over the phone. After acceptance to the program, payments can be made either online through Webadvisor or at Student Accounts.  Please note that payments made with a debit or credit card will be charged a service fee of 2.7 percent. For more information about methods of payment, visit

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