• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students.  
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Global Health, agriculture, biological & physical science, environmental studies 

Classroom Language




Program Duration

Early January - Mid January

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Ethiopia, Multiple
UW Community Health in Ethiopia: Perspectives & Policies on Agriculture, Water & Nutrition

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The UW Community Health in Ethiopia program is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) in partnership with IAP.

This field course will not be offered during winter intersession 2018-2019. 

The Ethiopia Field Course will explore the intersections of agriculture, the environment, and health from multiple levels – rural and urban communities, different political regions, and federal policies – in Ethiopia. Prior to traveling to Ethiopia as well as in-country, students in the Ethiopia Field Course will attend lectures by faculty and staff from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Ethiopian universities (Addis Ababa University, Jimma University).  In Ethiopia, students will meet and engage with diverse stakeholders from government, local and international organizations, and funding agencies in order to critically evaluate their roles in promoting sustainable development and which voices are involved in priority-setting.

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:
  • Discuss the burden of disease and factors that impact well-being and the root causes of these issues.
  • Explore how health is viewed from community members’ perspectives, and the importance of working through a variety of disciplines to contribute to sustainable community development.  
  • Define the concepts of food security and describe how food systems relate to public health.
  • Describe the relationships between the ecosystem and public health, considering how the health of ecosystems affects the health of human communities.
  • Identify how change at multiple levels – community, academic institutions, government policy – is a necessary strategy for sustainable development.  Meet with community and government representatives to understand measures being taken to address key health concerns locally.
  • Observe and understand the major issues related to nutrition and food security, and its subsequent public health impacts.
  • Participate in community-based education and service activities (COBES), allowing for service learning with community groups, rural health clinics, and NGOs. Practice respectful and mutual engagement with local populations during site visits.