Global Programs

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is grounded in producing clinicians that serve, learn, and give. This is exemplified in our Global Studies program, where students establish relationships and develop creative practice models.

Global programs are constantly evolving and expanding as faculty and staff seek new ways and locations for students to study. Today, Duke administers global programs in Norway. Clinical education coordinators are also focused on emerging international collaborations in Kuwait, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.

While abroad, students are encouraged to embrace local cultures and provide volunteer assistance to those in need. Students can practically apply evidence-based practice techniques during these clinical experiences. In addition, students are encouraged to conduct inter-professional clinical research. This type of health-oriented service learning helps students better understand the barriers patients face in other healthcare systems.

Norway

Faculty from Global Programs

Begun in 2010, the Bergen global studies program includes a 10-week clinical rotation and participation in a health promotion and wellness course.

Two DPT students are selected to participate in this international collaboration exchange. Once in Norway, the students are paired with BUC students as part of a peer-learning model at Haukeland University Hospital, a teaching hospital that is similar in size to Duke University Hospital. Reciprocally, two BUC physiotherapy students attend Duke during the fall semester with second year DPT students.

Contact us

If you have questions regarding our program, contact us at 919-681-4380.