• Junior, Senior, Graduate Student, Dissertator, GRAD, MEDS, PHAR, VMED
• Graduate students/ Dissertators need to be in good academic standing. Undergraduate students require a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
• 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.
• 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.


You will earn 2 credits of Population Health Science and 2 credits of Spanish. 

Classroom Language

English, Spanish



Program Duration

Summer Session: Four weeks (Late May - Late June)

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2015  12/5/2014
Extended Deadline: 1/15/2015

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 Summer Field School for the Study of Language, Culture and Community Health in Ecuador is unique in its emphasis on the 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. Students will learn valuable language skills and will examine the complex cultural, ecological, socioeconomic, political and biomedical factors influencing human and animal health in the Andean and Coastal regions of Ecuador. Students 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.