• 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.
• 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, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine 

Classroom Language



Guesthouse, Local Hosts

Program Duration

Summer: Mid-May - Early June

Summer 2018: students depart the US on May 19. The program ends June 5 with a return flight on June 6 for arrival back in the US June 7. 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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Ecuador, Otavalo
UW Global Health Ecuador Field School

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Understanding and promoting health takes more than medicine.  A myriad of determinants contribute to well-being and conversely disease, including the fact that the health of humans, animals, and their shared ecosystems are interdependent on one another ("One Health").  Additionally, people of different cultures define health and view disease in many different ways; understanding cultural influences is critical to optimizing health and healthcare.

The Global Health Field School in Ecuador three-week-long course examines health among different ethnic groups in Ecuador, but what is learned applies broadly to the meaning of health and models of healthcare globally.  Students will investigate the complex ecological, socioeconomic, political, and biomedical factors influencing health in this beautiful Andean country.  The learning occurs through a variety of experiential opportunities and site visits that integrate culture, environmental issues, and the connections between human and animal health, food security, and nutrition.

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:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Exhibit integration of contextually-grounded information about Ecuador's health, history, politics, culture, race, economics, environment and indigenous knowledge  into the learning experience
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the connections between human/animal/ecosystem health and disease ("One Health")
  3. Exhibit recognition of the importance of cultural norms in understanding health and wellness issues in this international health setting, and develop an understanding of "intercultural health"
  4. Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration across the different health education disciplines represented to achieve shared goals for the group
  5. Model ethical behavior in community-based engagement, including appreciation of the bidirectional nature of learning and mutual benefits between community members and students, cultural humility and flexibility, and openness to new information/ideas
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the different health systems available to Ecuadorians
  7. Exhibit personal growth through self-assessment and reflection about one’s experiences, personal biases and perspectives (including those related to equity and disparities), and personal limitations in global health work