HPU and Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU) Take Part in a Virtual Exchange Class

HPU “Health Policy” graduate students of Professor of Nursing Patricia Burrell, PhD, and TWMU “Global Nursing” senior undergraduate students of Professor Mari Ikeda, PhD, engaged with each other virtually in an international global health policy exchange on Monday, Sept. 14.

Under the theme “Healthcare Policy Issues and COVID-19: U.S. and Japan Approaches,” presentations by TWMU included:

“Spread of COVID-19 and government measures in Japan.”

“Effect of COVID-19 in the medical field.”

“Changes in life due to coronavirus and ideas to overcome a lot of difficulties.”

Four separate HPU MSN student groups presented on the local community’s community health status, health issues, and COVID data, including: Hawaii Kai, Waipahu, Waimanalo, and Aiea. Professor Burrell presented on the topic of “Ethics in Health Work.”   

“We are thrilled that the College of Health and Society’s Professor Patricia Burrell, a Transcultural Nursing Society Scholar, provided this unique virtual opportunity for her MSN students to dialogue in real-time with our ‘sister’ university students and faculty in Tokyo. We look forward to future international education liaisons afforded by these kinds of synchronous exchanges!” said Associate Dean and Professor Jayne Smitten, PhD.


Pictured are the TWMU students and their professor with the HPU students and faculty participating via Zoom.