International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR)

Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health & Disability at Herstmonceux Castle

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) of Queen's University (Canada) announces a new innovative program, Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability (ISGHD) which began in the summer of 2013. Three unique courses will be offered each summer.

Students looking to enhance their career options or to enter competitive graduate or professional education programs will find that an international studies experience often gives them an edge. The ISGHD program will be of interest to:

  • students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs seeking to add an international health studies perspective to their coursework portfolio
  • students in the health sciences and related fields seeking to fulfill elective requirements in their programs
  • students seeking admission to professional programs in the health sciences, such as medicine, rehabilitation or nursing

Coursework is accumulated to obtain a BISC Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability upon the successful completion of three courses.


Queen's University's Herstmonceux Castle

The program is based at Queen's University's Herstmonceux Castle, located in the picturesque East Sussex landscape in south-east England. Built in 1441 by Sir Roger Fiennes, a knight who fought under Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt, Herstmonceux Castle is one of the oldest brick structures in England. When constructed, Herstmonceux was the largest private home in the country. The 600-acre (243 ha) estate surrounding the Castle, provides the core site for the ISGHD program.


The program is designed to provide a six week immersion term of study for undergraduate and graduate students at a variety of different stages of their academic studies. Course requirements will reflect the student's level and appropriate academic expectations.

Each course includes 30 hours of classroom time, emphasizing inter-professional education, policy in health and disability studies, and international perspectives in a small group learning environment. Each summer term also includes at least two field trips to key locations in England and Europe. For example, several courses include trips to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the King's Fund or other world-renowned health and research facilities in London, the wider UK and Europe.

The faculty is drawn from a field of expert and experienced educators who are passionate about their areas of expertise and are dedicated to teaching a new generation of health care professionals and those interested in health and disability studies. Additionally, an experienced health sciences librarian will be available during the course to assist students with course specific resources and learning materials.

2015 Courses

HLTH 401 Interprofessional Collaborative Education:
This course offers the theory and context of interprofessional education and collaborative practice from a global policy viewpoint as well as the opportunity to develop and apply the required interprofessional education core competencies. Incorporating field trips to centres of innovation and excellence in interprofessional education and collaborative practice as a core course component, learners will work in teams to develop competencies in interprofessional communication; patient/client/community centred care; role clarification; team functioning; collaborative leadership; interprofessional conflict resolution and reflective practice.

HLTH 402 Disability Studies-Issues, Research and Policy:
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of disability studies - definitions and conceptualizations of disability, language for talking about disability, methods of studying disability issues, policy and systems affecting people with disabilities. The course takes a global perspective on disability, addressing the geo-political and cultural factors associated with disability, as well as personal and social factors.

HLTH 403 Global Perspectives on Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR):
This course explores global perspectives of community based rehabilitation (CBR) as a strategy for equalization of opportunities, social inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities. It prepares students to design, implement and evaluate CBR programs for and with persons with disabilities internationally by using a gender sensitive and human rights based approach. Students will examine basic CBR concepts and frameworks, health and disability policy, education and training strategies, the World Health Organization CRB Guidelines as well as their application in a variety of CBR programs globally.

For more information contact the Program Director: Beth Richan at