• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Applicants must complete Nutritional Sciences 203, Population Health Sciences 370, or Medical History and Bioethics 213 by the end of spring semester preceding program participation.
Participants may not be graduating before August in the year of program participation.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Public Health, Community Development, Quality Improvement, Mobile Delivery of Health Services

Classroom Language




Program Duration

Summer: Early August - Late August

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2018  12/1/2017
Extended Deadline: 2/19/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Uganda, Mukono
UW Mobile Clinics & Health Care in Uganda

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The UW Mobile Clinics & Health Care in Uganda program is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) in partnership with IAP.

Mobile health clinics are used widely in both the developing world and in underserved portions of more affluent countries. Some clinics provide “just” primary medical care (some combination of treatment of basic health problems and preventive care such as prenatal checkups), while others provide both primary care and health education (for example: sessions with information about water treatment for disease prevention). Though more evaluation remains to be done, the potential for mobile clinics to serve a basic role in public health by removing barriers to access ofmedical care is obvious.

The Uganda Mobile Clinic Program focuses on creating and implementing mobile clinics in the Lweza and Mukono communities and the surrounding Mukono District of Uganda. In partnership with the municipal health office and with school and community leaders, participants on this program work to inform local students and parents about where clinics will be held and what services they can and cannot provide. You will also engage in service-learning activities that further connect you with the community, including health education sessions and a garden project that will help teach connections between agricultural production, diet and well-being.

The program is made possible by energetic participation and support from many community and school groups including the Lweza community and Lweza Primary School, local and regional health authorities including Mukono HC4 and the Mukono District Health Office, the in-country service provider Uganda Trails and Tours, and a UW-Madiosn student organization called the Village Health Project. 

Department of Biochemistry article: Uganda Program Inspires Students to Pursue Health and Service Careers

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:

• Compare and contrast US and Ugandan health care systems
• Describe three factors that impact Ugandans’ ability to address their health situations
• Explain the importance of mobile clinics in helping people in rural Uganda to address their health concerns
• List and describe three of the most common health concerns identified by students and community members
• Describe the interactions and outcomes of health care providers in Uganda with their patients
• Articulate the United State's role in Uganda, with special attention to efforts addressing health issues