• Junior, Senior, Graduate Student, Dissertator, GRAD, MEDS, PHAR, VMED
• Preference will be given to students in health sciences and to Graduate and Professional students in Pharmacy, Vet Med, Med, and Nursing. Junior and Senior Undergraduates will be admitted on a space available basis with faculty director consent. 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 require a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students and Capstone students registered for the certificate in Global Health.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Public Health, Medicine, Infectious Disease, Nursing

Classroom Language



Hotels, Local Hosts, Residence Hall

Program Duration

Summer: Mid-May - Late May

Summer 2018: Students arrive in Bangkok 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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Thailand, Bangkok
UW Global Health Field School in Thailand

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The UW-Madison Global Health Institute Thailand Field Course introduces an interdisciplinary group of students to Thai culture and offers them the opportunity to learn from experts about infectious disease and public health in Thailand.

This two-credit program provides a unique community-based field experience designed to allow you to gain an appreciation of Thai culture and how it affects health and health care. You will study public health and tropical disease with Thai experts, as well as learn how to design and implement village health assessments by participating in a community-based project.

You will arrive in Bangkok and spend a week participating in lectures and site visits around the city. The program will continue in a nearby rural Province where you will hear lectures on rural health training and research from the faculty of Mahidol University. You will visit local communities, participate in homestays, and implement village health assessments. You will also be exposed to eco-health research and spend time at a research site. The program will end in Bangkok with final meetings, lectures, and discussions. 

Every other year, this program offers a 3-week track for Nursing majors (next offered in Summer 2019).

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:

• Examine the global burden of diseases, the health transition, and the triple burden of disease as it relates to Thailand.
• Describe how country-specific environmental, cultural, economic, and social factors influence health.
• Review the structure of the health system in Thailand, the role of primary health care, public health and non-governmental organizations in the health sector.
• Describe diseases commonly found in the Thailand and explain the etiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation in humans and animals, public health implications, and prevention and treatment strategies.
• Explore public health approaches for maintaining health and preventing and treating illness in community settings, including surveillance, diagnostic activities, and interventions. This should include basic health needs such as maternal and child health and nutrition, as well as transnational health challenges such as avian flu, HIV/AIDS and other acute and chronic emerging issues.
• Utilize principles and strategies for interdisciplinary team work (communication, negotiation, respect for group dynamics, and conflict resolution).
• Explore concepts related to cultural competence and cultural humility, as well participatory community approaches to health.
• Examine ethical issues related to global health.