• Junior, Senior, Graduate Student, Dissertator, GRAD, MEDS, PHAR, VMED
• Open to Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Graduate, Capstone students registered for the certificate in Global Health, and Junior and Senior Undergraduates on a space available basis with faculty director consent. Preference will be given to students in Health Sciences and to Graduate students. Other students will be considered with consent of the Faculty Director. Participants are required to take PHS 644: Global Health and Disease (one credit) during the Spring semester prior to studying abroad.
• Graduate students/ Dissertators: Must be in good standing. Undergraduate students: 2.0 cumulative GPA.
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students and all degree-seeking students at a US college or university. Preference is given to UW-Madison students.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Public Health, Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health, Infectious Disease

Classroom Language



Apartments, Guesthouse, Residence Hall

Program Duration

Summer: Mid-May - Late May

Summer 2018: Students arrive in Kampala by May 20 for official program start the morning of May 21. Official program ends June 1 with housing move-out June 2. Students should not purchase flights until confirmed as program participants.

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2018  12/1/2017

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Uganda, Kampala
UW Global Health Field School in Uganda

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The UW-Madison Global Health Institute Health and Disease in Uganda Field Experience is an intensive program that provides students in health-related disciplines the opportunity to learn about important health issues, including nutrition, maternal and child health, and infectious diseases. Throughout the program, you will also be introduced to the language, culture, and way of life of Uganda.

During the program, you will spend time in community-based health care centers and will visit hospitals, nutritional units, and schools. In addition, you will interact with faculty, staff, and students from Makerere University, Mulago Hospital, and other institutions and non-governmental organizations.  

The program begins in Kampala, where you are introduced to the health issues of Uganda and some of the ways that people and institutions are striving to improve health conditions. You then spend time in small groups in a rural areas, partnering with Makerere students through the Community Based Education and Services (COBES) program. Here you will learn the health challenges of rural areas and see how public health principles are employed in addressing those challenges. 

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Map the community, explore community organization, leadership, cultural, educational and recreational opportunities
  • Interview community residents and leaders to elicit their concerns about health and health care services
  • Participate as an observer or assistant (depending on level of skills) in clinical and outreach activities of the health center
  • Enhance cross-cultural communication skills and sensitivity when interacting with hosts
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary teams with UW students, Ugandan health professional staff and community members to promote community health
  • Design and implement a community based service learning project with local hosts
  • Assess the impact of the project to identify strengths, weaknesses and draw conclusions
  • Submit a final report synthesizing observations, reflections and what was learned