Inter-Professional Skills in Health - Disability and Rehab

The Inter-professional Studies in Health, Disability and Rehabilitation in Ireland is an inter- disciplinary Spring Break program designed for a broad range of students with health-related interests. This program is a great fit for students interested in pursuing further study and careers in: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Audiology, Clinical Nutrition, Sports Medicine, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Medical Social Work, Physician Assistance.  
 
The program is led by Pitt Faculty member, Dr. Janice Vance, a native of Northern Ireland. She uses her extensive network to offer you the opportunity to visit a range of locations and meet with local clinicians and practitioners. Each year, students will study a specific condition, disorder or issue. This program is designed so that students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the specific roles of key health and rehabilitation professionals, as well as related professionalism disciplines such as education, social work, clinical psychology, rehabilitation counseling). Dublin, Ireland delivers an international context and learning opportunity that allows students to appreciate the influences of different policies and systems on collaborative clinical practice. 
 

What You'll Accomplish

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • Understanding of the causes of ABI and the range of structural and processing deficits associated with both traumatic and non-traumatic acquired brain injury in adults.
  • The ability to describe the full range of possible consequences of ABI, including cognitive (attention, memory, executive functions), physical, communication, behavioral, emotional.
  • Understanding of the potential impact on the individual of any of these consequences in terms of independence, employment and social engagement.
  • An appreciation of the role of the range of professionals involved in the care and rehabilitation of individuals with ABI – from critical care, through post-critical rehabilitation, to long-term support.
  • Communication skills to be able to describe the importance of family education and involvement in the rehabilitation process.
  • The knowledge of the full range and purpose of the rehabilitation services provided by Headway, Dublin.
  • An understanding of how an organization like Headway fits into the Irish healthcare system.

 

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a city rich in vibrant culture and history.  Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it has become Ireland's principal city.  The city resides on the banks of the river Liffey and is home to one of the youngest populations in Europe.  It is full of rich cultural and artistic heritage. 
 
You will have the opportunity to explore Dublin over this four-week program.  Dublin is home to many historic monument, castles and churches.  Opportunities to visit popular cultural sites such as Dublin Castle, O'Connell Street, Grafton Street, and Trinity college are among the out of the classroom experiences you can enjoy.  Dublin also has more green spaces per kilometer than any other European city.  You will have a healthy balance of course work mixed with independent time to explore Dublin and the surrounding area.  Dublin is well connected by rail to other cities in Ireland.
 
Temperatures and precipitation vary based on the season. In March, the temperatures can average 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 35-45 degrees Fahrenheit at night. It is important though to be prepared with a variety of clothes that you can layer with during your program.

Where You'll Live

Students will live in a modern, centrally-located hostel along with their faculty leader in Dublin. The hostel is located within the city center and be close to many restaurants, shopping and other modern conveniences. On average you can expect four to six students per apartment and some apartments may have up to eight students. Housing placements are finalized in the Spring semester and will be provided 1-2 weeks before departure. You can expect the following at your accommodations in Dublin:

  • Beds
  • Bedding, bed linens
  • In-suite bathrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour reception
  • Laptop safe and safe deposit boxes
  • Shared kitchen space in common area

Please note that there is no meal plan provided with this housing option.
We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions. 

What You'll Study

You'll earn a total of 2 credits on the Inter-Professional Studies in Health, Disability and Rehab program. Everyone who participates on the program will take the same course. The program is led and the course taught by Dr. Janice Vance from Pitt’s School for Health and Rehab Science. Dr. Vance is a native of Northern Ireland and has developed amazing professional network in both Northern Ireland and Ireland. The course will be taught in English and will be comprised of lectures, guest speakers, city tours, cultural activities and professional site visits to hospitals and clinics. In these courses you will study:

  • Inter-disciplinary clinical practice and research
  • Study health, disability, rehabilitation and related fields in an Irish context
  • Specific roles of key health and rehabilitation professionals, as well as related professionalism disciplines such as education, social work, clinical psychology, and rehabilitation counselling

Students are required to participate in two or three pre-departure sessions (late fall and early spring) and contribute to the preparation of group presentations on selected topics.
If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate, please meet with your academic advisor to discuss this program and what the courses will fulfill for you. Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found here.
 

Inter-Professional Studies on Health, Disability and Rehabilitation (HRS1905)

This 2-Credit course in Ireland will help students build inter-disciplinary clinical and research insights while addressing issues in health, disability, rehabilitation and related fields. Learning will be facilitated through presentations, group project work, site visits, activities, group discussions and report writing. Students will be expected to participate in two or three pre-departure sessions (late fall and early spring) and contribute to the preparation of group presentations on selected topics. During the program, students will be expected to participate in all learning activities scheduled across the week, demonstrating intellectual curiosity and a high level of professionalism. A final individual presentation and accompanying paper based on a topic of choice selected during the program will be due 2-3 weeks after return to the US.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Tim Crawford

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.

Your In-Country Contacts

Dr. Janice Vance

Dr. Janice Vance, Director and Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Education in Communication Science and Disorders. Dr. Vance is a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has held clinical and faculty positions in Ireland, England and South Africa before joining the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. Her teaching and clinical activities have focused on linguistics and acquired neurogenic language disorders. She is currently the director of the undergraduate degree program in communication science which aims to provide a supportive and academically challenging program to a strong and diverse community of students enabling them to fully realize their academic, professional and leadership potential in CSD and related fields. Vance also has a particular interest in developing inter-professional insights in undergraduates as they prepare for future careers in health and rehabilitation. She provides students from a range of SHRS undergraduate programs with a unique opportunity to explore inter-professional learning in an international context though her Study Abroad Program in Ireland.

  In- State Out-of-State
Estimated Expenses Billed by Pitt  $1,799 $1,999
Estimated Additional Expenses $1,500 $1,500
Total Estimated Cost $3,299 $3,499

Final program costs and will be available by November 15.

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

What's Included

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 2 credits
  • Accommodation
  • Travel within Ireland
  • Cultural excursion
  • International Health Insurance
When You'll Go

The program will take place during the University's Spring Break. Exact dates will be posted soon.

What Else You Need to Know
  • Pre-Departure: Students are required to participate in two or three pre-departure sessions (late fall and early spring) and contribute to the preparation of group presentations on selected topics.
  • During the program: students will be expected to participate in all learning activities scheduled across the week, demonstrating intellectual curiosity and a high level of professionalism.
  • Post-Program: A final individual presentation and accompanying paper based on a topic of choice selected during the program is required 2-3 weeks after return to the US. 
  • Flexibility is extremely important. Schedules may change.There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt.
  • This program has a very structured schedule. Your free time may be limited to evenings. There are required excursions and site visits.