Global Reach

Global Reach

Partnerships Expand Creighton’s International Presence in the Health Sciences

Did you know that Creighton University’s health sciences programs have international partnerships with 10 universities or hospitals in China, two in Japan, one in Korea, one in Chile, one in England, two pending in Denmark and more developing in the Middle East?

Through these partnerships, Creighton faculty and students in dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy have opportunities to travel abroad and learn about various health care systems and cultures. Creighton also hosts visiting international scholars and students in the health sciences, with a focus on global collaboration.

In addition, Creighton health sciences students have been traveling to the Dominican Republic through the Institute for Latin American Concern for the past 40 years, providing care to the poor and underserved. Other opportunities for health-related global service-learning include student organizations such as Project CURA in the School of Medicine, through which students have volunteered in Ghana, Guatemala, Ecuador, Romania, Peru, Uganda, Southeast Asia and India.

“These partnerships bring Creighton to the world and the world to Creighton,” said Keli Mu, PhD, director of the International Office for Health Sciences and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Creighton.

“They provide our health sciences students with unique opportunities to gain a global perspective on health and health care, which will make them more well-rounded dentists, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians.

“We look forward to continuing to nourish and grow these international partnerships.”

Mu, who was born and raised in China, has led efforts and established programs at Creighton to enhance international exchange and collaboration.

In May, he traveled to China with Chris Bradberry, PharmD, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, and Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, to secure the latest partnership with Xian-Jiong Medical University and Hospital.

The American Occupational Therapy Association honored Mu with its International Service Award in April.