NURS 514: Climate Change and Health: Global Awareness and Social Justice

Application Deadline



          May 1, 2023


PROGRAM DATES:                            November 17 -  November 30, 2023
CREDITS:                                       3
MINIMUN GPA:                                 2.5
ELIGIBILITY:                        Open to undergraduates and graduate students











Students will explore the Spanish healthcare system and the nurse’s role within it. As they consider the impacts of climate change on human health, students will analyze health policy and the overlap with climate action. Finally, students will be immersed in the Spanish culture as they tour and learn about various historical sites.




This experience is for DEMSN students in the fourth semester of the program. The experience will account for all 56 hours of their Public Health clinical.




Dr. Reginas Allande Cusso (Associate Professor Nursing Department at Universityof Seville) will talk about:

  • Current socio-sanitary model and the most prevalent health problems in Spain and Europe.

  • Model of socio-ethical care (European project) and health care for the elderly and those at risk of social exclusion (social justice), which they are just now testing in 6 countries of the Mediterranean basin.

  • Evaluation of the humanization of care in hospital centers and in all its spheres, which they work in synergy with the University of Flinders (Australia).

Dr. Miguel Ángel Martín López (
Associate Professor Department of Public International Law and International Relations at University of Seville) will talk about:



Dr. Daniela Eugenia Miranda Rojas (Works for Coalition for the Study of Health, Power and Diversity - CESPYD)

Since 2008, CESPYD, the Center of Community Research and Action at Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), has as its primary mission to develop a liberation psychology process through community research-action projects aimed at increasing the power, health and well-being of vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities such as low income migrants, refugees or Roma population.

Dr. Miranda will talk in depth about their concept of social justice from CESPYD, the related projects, and also share information about her own organization Her Flowers that is born from the same concepts that they handle in CESPYD of justice.


Dr Jesús Bores Lazo (International Attorney and Partner, BOLEO LEGAL)

Dr. Lazo will talk about: 

What are EU countries doing to move to climate neutrality. What's happening at the geopolitical level, for example, has regulations on oil and gas companies, or what environmental protection policies are in place. This will help students better understand the different solutions to the climate crisis. 



Dr. Cameron Kiersch, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing at Viterbo University
Dr. Maria Morgan-Bathke, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Sean Chipres, Program Manager at SAIIE





All students will receive their host family information UPON ARRIVAL into Seville. Airport pick-up and transfer to the city center are included in the program.  If it is the case that students arrive outside the airport pick-up hours, then host family information will be released via email or phone, and it will be their responsibility to find their home. 

All students will receive their roommate information UPON ARRIVAL into Seville. Each student will have 1 to 3 roommates. Students can list another student on the program they wish to house with on their accommodation questionnaire. No roommate information is released prior to arrival. Students may be living with other students from other programs.

Students can easily walk from their homestay to SAIIE, with travel times ranging between 20 and 30 minutes. If students would like to rent a bike while in Seville, the city has an excellent bike rental program called Sevici which many past students have used. 

The host family will provide breakfast and mid-day meals Monday through Friday and evening meals Sunday through Thursday.  The remaining meals must be arranged and paid for out-of pocket by the student. Naturally, adjustments with regard to customs, food, and heat must be anticipated by the students. SAIIE does take dietary and other personal restrictions into consideration when assigning students to their host family.

Internet may or may not be available in the home, but wi-fi is easily accessible at local cafes and at SAIIE. 

Each student is allowed 1 load of laundry per week, which is washed by the host family. 


My Spanish family in Sevilla was incredible! They welcomed me (and my roommates) into their home right away, and they always made an effort to talk to me and to get to know me beyond small talk. My host mom made us amazing Spanish cuisine for all 3 meals of the day, and my Spanish speaking and listening skills definitely improved. They told me I am always welcome in their home, and we hope to see each other again, whether it is in Spain or the US. They will always be mi familia and I feel very lucky to have met them!

Lindsey Sharp
Viterbo University, May 2022






The following cultural activities and trips are included in the program. 


Alcazar Royal Palace

Originally a Moorish fort, the Alcázar is one of the finest remaining examples of predominantly Mudéjar architecture in the country. This exquisitely designed palace, still an officially designated as royal residence; has in fact been added to continuously over the centuries.

It was at the beginning of the 10th Century that the original building was started, but during the following century the ruling Almohades began to fully develop their royal fortress (on the western side of the current site). Following the reconquest, successive kings augmented the buildings but the predominant figure in this part of the Alcázar’s history was the controversial Pedro I. Who added, amongst other things, the mighty Palacio de Don Pedro. However, the fascinating thing is that, with this profusion of Mudéjar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles; the Alcázar has such a wonderful feeling of unity and harmony about it.

No reference to the Alcázar would be complete, though, without reference to the delightful gardens. 

Barrio de Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Quarter is the most picturesque and delightful part of the city, it will be one of the more memorable experiences of your visit to Seville. It was formerly the Jewish quarter and some of the churches were originally synagogues. Nowadays the narrow winding cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, where you can wander through centuries-old gardens and relax on beautiful tiled benches. It is an incredible place full of history and stories, with many old palaces, churches and hidden passageways.

Walking round the small squares lined with orange trees. There are narrow alleys, where the ancient houses lean so far towards each other that they almost seem to touch, and the leafy patios of private mansions through their iron gates.

Cathedral of Sevilla

The Cathedral of Seville is the third largest in the World just after Saint Peters (Rome) and Saint Paul (London).

The cathedral was completed in just over a century (1402-1506), quite an achievement given its size and Gothic details.

Of the many things you will find inside the Cathedral one of the main attractions is the sarcophagus where Christopher Columbus is buried.

Along with the city's Alcazar and Archivo de las Indias, Seville Cathedral was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.

Plaza España

The Plaza de España is a plaza in the Maria Luisa Park, in Seville, Spain. It was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a landmark example of Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Baroque Revival, Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival (Neo-Mudéjar) styles of Spanish architecture. Today the buildings of the Plaza de España have been renovated and adapted for use as offices for government agencies.

The Plaza de España has been used as a filming location, including scenes for Lawrence of Arabia (1962). The building was used as a location in the Star Wars movie series Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) — in which it featured in exterior shots of the City of Theed on the Planet Naboo. It also featured in the 2012 film The Dictator. The 2023 Netflix series, Kaos, will also feature scenes filmed at the Plaza. 

The plaza was used as a set for the video of Simply Red's song "Something Got Me Started".





Students will visit the Olive Oil Company Basilippo. Here students will take a tour around Basilippo company and received an explanation of all its products.


As one of the oldest towns in Spain you'll find history around every corner in Ronda. There are traces of Ronda's origins from the Neolithic age, through the era of the Romans, the Arab age and the conquest of the ancient city by the Catholic Monarchs in 1485 through to the 19th century when Ronda was best known for the banditry in the surrounding hills and the origins of bullfighting in the Ronda bullring which still stands.




Granada is situated in the eastern part of the region of Andalusia. It was the last Moorish capital on the Iberian Peninsula.

The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular destination among the touristic cities of Spain.

The Almohad influence on architecture is preserved in the area of the city called the Albaicin with its fine examples of Moorish and Morisco construction.



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Credits are certified by Viterbo University.