Study Abroad in Taiwan: Maymester 2015

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Join Our 2015 Maymester Taiwan Study Abroad Program (NEW!)
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2015 Taiwan Public Health Maymester (May 11~May 26)

Bi-weekly pre-trip class meetings in Athens (March & April, 2015),

followed by the 2-weeks exciting study tour in Taiwan!!


  • Come to Taiwan Maymester 2015 (May 11 ~ May 26)
  • Feel “LOHAS” the Taiwanese way, in the island’s cuisine, leisure activities, & folk health care.
  • Earn 6 credits while discovering this beautiful Formosa Island - Taiwan!  Courses offered:
    • HPRB 4000/7170 - Public Health & Aging (3cr.)
    • HPRB 5160/7160/8000 - Cultural & Health (3 cr.)



HPRB 4000/7170 – Public Health & Aging (3 Cr.)

With partners National Taiwan University, Chang-Gung University of Science & Technology (CGUST), Chung-Shan Medical University, Hsiang Shang Social Welfare Foundation, as well as CDC-Taipei, this course will introduce the public health system of Taiwan, discuss lessons learned & challenges from its universal health insurance program; issues, policies, and resources related to the aging society, as well as observe community-based senior health programs.  Site visits will include Taiwan CDC-TPE, city health department, hospitals / clinics, long-term care facilities, senior homes, etc. 

  HPRB 5160/7160/8000 – Special topic: Culture & Health (3 Cr.) 

  With partners Chang-Gung University of Science & Technology (CGUST), Chung- Shan Medical University, Hsiang Shang Social Welfare Foundation, SanYu Health Education Center, & local communities, this course will critically examine the   relationship between culture variables and health / healthcare practices and   behaviors. Students will explore how cultural lifestyle, folk healthcare, complimentary alternative therapies (CAM), community health, & the healthcare systems influence the health of individuals, communities, & society in Taiwan.   Site visits will include traditional Chinese medicine clinics/hospitals, medical / health alliance universities & colleges, night market, tea ceremony, hot spa therapy, neighborhood parks / culture villages, etc.

Classes will consist of lectures, demonstrations, site visits, field experience, and discussions. Guest lecturers will be drawn from the major universities in Taiwan as well as from government officials, culture experts, & community practitioners in Taiwan.  UGA students will have opportunities to interact with faculty members and students from major partnering universities in Taiwan throughout this study abroad program.



Taipei– the largest city & capital of Taiwan. Students will visit the National Taiwan University, CDC-Taipei, Taipei 101, & area attractions.

Taoyuan – the city where the Taipei International Airport is located.  Students will visit Chang-Gung University of Science & Technology (CGUST) and its hospital system including the Chinese medicine wing.  Most excitingly, staying overnights at its Senior Health and Cultural Village to experience the active senior lifestyle.

Taichung - the 3rd largest & “most livable city”! Students will visit Chung-Shan Medical University, , Hsiang Shang Social Welfare Foundation, and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.

NewStart Lifestyle Health Education Center (NEW!)This year, as part of the Culture & Health course, students will participate and experience the NewStart Lifestyle healthy lifestyle program @ the beautiful award-winning SanYu Lifestyle Health Education Center in Taiwan – learn balanced lifestyle principles, practical cultural strategies of getting active, healthy cooking and eating, stress management, and retreat & renewal for a healthy lifestyle.


Northern / Central Taiwan Attractions. 

  Republic Of China ( TAIWAN)
  Area : 36,000 square kilometers (14,400 square miles) 
  Population : 23 million 
  Languages : Mandarin / Taiwanese / Hakka / Indigenous Languages 
  Religion : Buddhism / Taoism / Christianity / Islam


FORMOSA - Beautiful Island
Taiwan is known for its towering mountains, and is reputable as a " Mountainous Island".

It lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from Mainland China-- a solitary island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Taiwan's tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate climates provide clear differentiation between the different seasons. There are about 18,400 species of wildlife on the island, with more than 20% belonging to rare or endangered species.

The “LOHAS” tide (“Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability”)

Taiwan offers you an endless number of ways, with an Oriental flair, to stay healthy. Come to Taiwan and feel “LOHAS” the Taiwanese way, in the island’s cuisine, leisure activities, and folk methods of health care.

Taiwan is known far and wide for its dense concentration of hot springs (and rare cold mineral springs as well), with more than 100 hot-spring areas all over the island. This makes Taiwan one of the best places in the world for enjoying a healthful and relaxing soak in refreshing mineral waters.


The culinary culture of the Chinese people goes back a very long time.   In Taiwan, where it seems the people live to eat, it is said that there is a snack shop every three steps and a restaurant every five.



Learn More about Taiwan -

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The fee for this program is $2,400.  The cost is estimated based on the current exchange rate & are subject to change.

This will include a double occupancy room, 2-3 meals a day, and local transportation while in Taiwan; scheduled field trips & programs, site visits, cultural excursions, guest speakers, and travel medical insurance.

Additional expenses NOT included are in-state tuition & fees @ UGA (may be partially covered by the HOPE scholarship), approximately $1,600 airfare, some meals, and spending money (gifts, laundry, etc.).

Taiwan Visa (

U.S. passport holders will be allowed to enter into Taiwan without a visa for up to 90 days (no extensions allowed) if their passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Taiwan and the traveler has a confirmed return or onward air ticket. Travelers also have the additional option of applying for and receiving a Taiwan visa prior to arrival in Taiwan (The processing fee is US$164.00)



Early Admission: December 5 (Fri.), 2014: Application deadline with $300 deposit due (refundable only if not accepted).  Acceptance note will be sent out by Dec. 12th, 2014.

* Early-bird applicants (if accepted) will receive a Taiwan keychain as a thank you souvenir!

Application Deadline: January 23 (Fri.), 2015: Application deadline with $300 deposit due (refundable only if not accepted). 

February 6 (Fri.), 2015: Second Installment Due $1,050

March 6 (Fri.), 2015: FINAL Installment Due $1,050








Program Director, Taiwan Study Abroad Program
Associate Professor & OSL Service-Learning Senior Scholar,
Department of Health Promotion & Behavior,
College of Public Health, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Dr. Hou has close professional ties with Taiwan and China. She is a NTU alumnus and had been invited as a visiting scholar to NCKU, KMU, & CGUST in Taiwan. She travels to Asian region every year and has been frequently invited by their government officials, university colleagues, and industrial partners to share her scholarly work in research, instruction, and outreach. She is a renowned researcher and scholar in the field of health promotion for more than a decade.


Professor and Director Emeritus, Institute of Gerontology


Stacey Han, PhD
Assistant Professor,


Tsuann Kuo, PhD,
Assistant Professor