• 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, as well as students with any Spanish language background.
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, Spanish 

Classroom Language

English, Spanish


Guesthouse, Local Hosts

Program Duration

Summer: Mid-May - Early June

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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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 varying regions of Ecuador for an interdisciplinary group of UW-Madison health science students.

The course offers an 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 Andean region 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.

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:
  • Think critically about connections between cultural variables, and human and animal health and disease
  • Gain firsthand experience with cultural and medical issues in a developing country setting
  • Develop cross-cultural skills that will ideally grow into personal and professional assets
  • Develop or improve Spanish language skills
  • Develop an understanding of the theoretical and empirical foundations of medical anthropology