• Junior, Senior, Graduate Student, Dissertator, GRAD, MEDS, PHAR, VMED
• Open to Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Graduate, Capstone students, and Junior and Senior Undergraduates on a space available basis with faculty director consent. Preference is given to students in Health Sciences and to Graduate students.
Participants are required to take PHS 644: Global Health and Disease (one credit) during the Spring semester prior to studying abroad.
• Graduate students/ Dissertators need to be in good academic standing. Undergraduate students require a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
• Students will study Spanish at a local language institute.
• Open to degree-seeking students and capstone students registered for the certificate in Global Health. Students must be able to enroll in the UW Population Health Spring course or consent of instructor.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Public Health, Medicine, Spanish 

Classroom Language

Spanish, English


Guesthouse, Local Hosts

Program Duration

Summer: Late May - Late June

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2016  12/4/2015
Extended Deadline: 1/8/2016

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Ecuador, Otavalo
UW Global Health Ecuador Field School

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The UW-Madison Global Health Institute Summer Field School for the Study of Language, Culture, and Community Health in Ecuador is unique in its emphasis on cultural context as a prism through which to understand health and healing. Some clinical experiences help fill out this context, but the foundation for the program is built upon medical anthropology and community health in the broad sense, which includes the relationships between people and their animals. The cultural context is woven through field and classroom study of languages, culture and community-based health care in the Andean and Coastal regions of Ecuador for an interdisciplinary group of UW-Madison health science students.

The course offers a four-week immersion opportunity to study Spanish and cross-cultural issues relating to health care in a developing country. You will learn valuable language skills and examine the complex cultural, ecological, socioeconomic, political, and biomedical factors influencing human and animal health in the Galapagos and in the Andean and Coastal regions of Ecuador. You will be exposed to the interface between Western medicine and indigenous health care practices in Ecuador and will learn about global public health issues through classroom and experiential field activities.