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Open Access Cultivating an International Academic Relationship: The China Experience

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An increasingly global economy is driving the need to understand cultural differences that impact social, political, and business interactions. Recognition of the need for a more global perspective is evident in the design and delivery of increasing numbers of university-based study abroad programs which provide students the opportunity to study health and health systems around the world. This article chronicles the efforts by the University of North Florida's (UNF) health administration faculty to provide study abroad opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students while developing academic relationships with faculty at several universities in China. Discussion of the planning, course objectives, travel, and student reflections of the experience are provided along with lessons learned by program faculty. Efforts to build academic relationships with faculty members at Shandong University's Center for Health Management and Policy (CHMP) in Jinan, China resulted in transformational learning opportunities for UNF students, a collaborative research project, and the foundation for an active and productive international study program.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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  • The Journal of Health Administration Education (JHAE) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal which chronicles research, case studies, and essays by leading health administration educators and professionals.
    The Journal addresses key policy issues in health administration management nationally and internationally and is the foremost authoritative guide on the latest academic and professional developments in the field.
    As one of the only professional publications in the field, the Journal sets a standard in health administration education research.

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