Gain deeper insight into contextual issues relating to public health, determinants of health and health policy using Australia’s health system and programs as an example. Designed for a broad range of students interested in public health, the immersive traveling program – which moves through Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and Cairns – is taught through morning lectures followed by field excursions with a particular emphasis on the differences in health indicators for indigenous and non-indigenous populations. Along with learning about Australia’s health system, you’ll also have plenty of time to discover the country’s cultural and natural wonders with included visits to such iconic sites as the Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef and ancient Daintree Rainforest.


Examine different aspects of public health, policy and programs particularly when it comes to multicultural communities and indigenous populations to earn 3 U.S. credits

Experience the coursework come to life through an extensive series of guest lectures and immersive field trips

Traverse the country staying in some of Australia’s top destinations: Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and Cairns by the Great Barrier Reef

Explore Australia’s natural beauty by kayaking with dolphins in Byron Bay, snorkeling with sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef, hiking coastal trails, visiting the majestic Daintree Rainforest, going on a memorable dinner cruise on the iconic Sydney Harbor, learning to surf lesson at famous Bondi Beach and more

Study the unique factors that affect Aboriginal health and how systems can help support indigenous populations

Benefit from access to TEAN’s in-country staff for continued support throughout the program


About the Course

Contemporary Issues in Community and Public Health (HSC4933)

A broad range of factors determine the health of a country, community and person, and Australia in particular has a number of unique social and physical health determinants. Students will explore all factors that make up “good health” from a community and national standpoint and be able to contextualize these factors in different geographic and cultural settings. Key elements of the course include lectures, class discussions, guided walks and observation of Australia’s unique determinants of health. The course addresses communicable and non-communicable disease, health through the typical lifespan, health and the environment, health systems and health in unique populations. Indigenous culture is fundamental to understanding Australian health and indigenous cultural ties to health concepts will be explored along with how traditional health behaviors. Through interaction and observation, a range of community and public health structures will be analyzed to better understand Australia’s universal health system.

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This introductory level course is designed for students from a variety of disciplines including science and health majors, and is relevant for broader health and cultural studies programs. It assumes no, or very little, previous health science knowledge, however health science students will still have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, particularly in practical application.


Dr. Larimer is an experienced community/public health educator, having taught “Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan” at DePaul University’s School of Nursing for five years. She is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the School of Nursing and led the school’s community-based service learning pedagogy shift that has engaged more than 100 community-based organizations and graduated over 1,000 students with two-year CBSL experience. She is a long-time volunteer for the American Heart Association and currently sits as the President of the AHA, Chicago Metro Board dedicated to developing community partnerships for addressing determinants of health. She is also active with the Catholic Charities of Chicago, on the Latino Advisory Council and Health Council and has experience performing collaborative community assessments and planning,

Transcript & Credits

Upon completion of the course you will be issued an academic transcript from University of South Florida. The course is worth 3 U.S. credits.  The course consists of 69 hours of class contact time over three weeks comprising field trips, lectures and presentations.



Gain an understanding of what factors go into organizing Australia’s public health policies while traversing the country with stays Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and Cairns.


Jump into the course right away in Brisbane with several days spent getting to know your group, visit a local medical school, and guest lectures by industry experts from the University of Queensland, a leading research university.

Byron Bay

From Brisbane it’s then on to beautiful Byron Bay for a couple days including a day to explore on your own – choose to kayak with dolphins, learn to surf, visit Byron Lighthouse, scuba dive in the diverse waters off Julian Rocks or watch the parade of migrating humpback whales from one of the best vantage points on the east coast.


Next, start your time in Sydney with a walking tour including stops at some of the city’s most iconic sites, such as the Opera House and Hyde Park. While in Sydney, you’ll be studying while going out on field excursion nearly every day to really bring the course content to life with visits to schools, community centers, foundations and recovery programs. Cultural experiences are also included, like doing the famous Sydney-Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk, a dinner cruise in Sydney Harbour, a tour of the Sydney Opera House and private surfing lessons at famous Bondi Beach.


For the last few days of the program, head to the northern city of Cairns, known for its tropical climate and access to the Great Barrier Reef. After taking your final assessment, explore one of the country’s most unique regions hiking in the historic Daintree Rainforest with an indigenous guide, visiting the Great Barrier Reef Excursion and enjoying a farewell dinner.



  • 2.5 GPA
  • Currently enrolled at an approved degree-granting institution of higher education.

Program Details


Students will be housed in a variety of accommodation styles when travelling, including shared budget-style accommodation and student apartments.

Group Flight

International air travel and flights within Australia is organized through Qantas via our partner, STA Travel. Upon application participants will be provided complete airfare and booking details.

TEAN Staff

Throughout the program, students are joined by local TEAN staff along with U.S.-based TEAN staff who oversee the course and provide 24/7 support. Feel free to come to them with any questions or concerns you may have and make sure to ask them about what to do or where to go during your travels – they have plenty of insider recommendations!

Dates, Fees & Inclusions

Application Deadline

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application as soon as possible for Summer applications. Earlier applications will be accepted. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Summer 2022

Application Deadline April 1
Arrive in Australia June 13
Program Ends July 8

*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.

2022 Program Fees

Program fees: 6,995

What’s Included

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • All accommodation
  • Airport transfers and all course-related ground transport
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • TEAN Orientation upon arrival
  • Program-specific excursions including visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, sea kayaking in Byron Bay, surfing lessons at Bondi Beach, a tour of the Sydney Opera House and a walking tour of Sydney’s main attractions
  • Numerous field trips that complement the lectures including visits to UQ Mayne Medical School, a primary school, the Sydney Community Center for Older Adults, the Redfern Foundation supporting aboriginal communities and more
  • Some meals
  • Program-specific excursions
  • Staff and resources available 24/7 to provide assistance and recommendations during emergencies
  • Pre-departure planning sessions and assistance from U.S.-based TEAN staff including pre-departure guidance for students

What’s Not Included

  • Airfares (approx. $1,850 – $2,200)
  • Visa ($20 AUD)
  • Meals not mentioned above (approx. $250 – $400)


TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

We Love Australia

Kate McSurley

Assistant Director - Health & Safety

Sydney Tip
Australian Souvenirs

Everyone who comes to Oz has to take home a cute stuffed koala or kangaroo keychain for friends and family. Save all your shopping for Paddy’s Market, located in Haymarket Chinatown. You can find every Australian souvenir all under one roof and all at the best price!


What is your favorite part of working with students?
For me, I love the first call with a student who has decided to take the leap and study abroad. They know they want to do it, but the idea of checking off all the steps is overwhelming, scary and seemingly impossible. When they realize we are committed to making this easy for them and I hear that sense of relief at the end of our chat, it always reminds me why I love what I do.

Why should students consider studying abroad in Australia?
Some students underestimate the complexity of Australia and don’t realize that it has vastly different locations and environments, similar to the unique cities and environments you can experience across the U.S. Even though the country may at first seem relatively similar to the U.S. compared to other study abroad destination, studying in Australia certainly doesn’t mean you up on the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cultural and outdoor experiences. Here students can access rainforests, reefs, deserts, wildlife, cities and dramatically different landscapes, all without having to cross international borders.

As a TEAN alum and now employee, what do you think makes TEAN unique?
Everyone at TEAN is completely committed to encouraging study abroad experiences. It really is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. As a student, I was taken aback by the level of support and service I received from TEAN staff. Now, I understand the sense of responsibility to ease the burden and shorten the hurdles for our students because there is so much value to studying abroad. We truly believe in what we do.

Where did you study abroad?
After first considering Melbourne for its prestigious reputation and quirky cafe culture, I switched to the University of Queensland in St. Lucia, right outside of Brisbane. I realized I might have a better chance of warm weather for my entire program if I headed for the Sunshine State. Now having traveled to both, I’m confident I would have been happy in either location, but UQ’s campus was the perfect escape from the harsh midwestern winters I was used to in Chicago. I really fell into the laidback Brisbane lifestyle more than anything and quickly understood it’s much more than just great weather. It’s a perfect city for international students because it has the right balance of culture, sport and access to adventure. The twisting Brisbane River gives you front door ferry service to very unique neighborhoods all with their own character and style. The ocean is within easy reach for a weekend jaunt (but spending a night at the manmade beaches of South Bank can be just as breathtaking). The views from Mt. Coot-tha are surreal, especially at sunset, and the city’s a great place for students who want to enjoy both city life and exploring the great outdoors. Brisbane lets you have it all.

Kristen Jackson

Director - Enrollment Management

Cairns Tip
Trinity Beach

A great local beach is Trinity Beach just north of the downtown. Hop on a bus from the city centre to spend a day on the sand and check out the local cafes for lunch!


Where have you traveled and lived in Asia Pacific?
I lived and worked in Sydney for a year. I also had an internship in Sydney in college. I have also traveled to China, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.

Can you share some of the highlights or lessons from your time living abroad?
The biggest lesson I have learned from my time abroad is adaptability. Living in another country can really bring you out of your comfort zone and force you into situations where you have to go with the flow. I learned to embrace the differences of the different cultures I was experiencing rather than wishing I could have the same things/experiences I was used to back home in the U.S. I loved navigating my way around new places, getting lost and discovering the best places that I just stumbled upon because I was up for whatever came my way.

What are your recommendations for top places to check out in Sydney?
There are so many great suburbs that offer a little something different for everyone. I LOVE Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills, specifically their sausage rolls and lemon tart, but everything is amazing. I also recommend enjoying some of the northern beaches as they are much less crowded and gorgeous. People should also do the Manly to Spit Bridge walk as it is stunning!

What do you think makes Singapore an amazing place to study abroad?
Singapore is one of those hidden gems in Southeast Asia. I feel like it is a very misunderstood country as people think everything is just glass highrise buildings and everything is really expensive. There are actually some really great neighborhoods with lots of different cultures represented. Owning a car and buying an apartment are expensive, but for day to day life for a study abroad student, it’s a very affordable study abroad destination.

What is your advice for a student who is on the fence about studying abroad?
I would always tell students who were on the fence about studying abroad that they will never look back and say, I really wish I didn’t spend five months in Australia or wherever they are thinking about going. Studying abroad is such a life-changing experience and even if the first few weeks are tough, you learn so much about yourself and how well you can navigate the unknown.

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