Program Details

Global Health in the Himalayas is an intensive two-month field program that encompasses studies in Himalayan culture, health care delivery and public health with opportunities for service learning. A primary focus this year will be on supporting communiti
Location:
Kathmandu, Nepal; New Delhi, India
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
•15 credits through Western Washington University •Study medicine and public health in the field with medical professionals •Support earthquake relief and rebuilding efforts in Nepal •Spend four weeks in Tawang district, a remote region of the Eastern Himalayas •Work with Jhamtse Gatsal and other grassroots organizations on community health projects in India •Learn about Himalayan culture, history and religion •Travel to Rasuwa district in northern Nepal and to Tawang, a remote region of the eastern Indian Himalayas •Trek in Nepal’s Langtang National Park

Global Health in the Himalayas is an intensive two-month field program that encompasses studies in Himalayan culture, health care delivery and public health with opportunities for service learning. A primary focus this year will be on supporting communities that were affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. The program will introduce the main concepts of global health, with a particular emphasis on the Himalayan region. It will cover leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the region, local healthcare institutions and services, sanitation and hygiene in remote locations, health vs. disease orientation in health services, social determinants of health, and community self care when services are not available. It will also explore ethical dimensions of practicing medicine and public health in an international context.

This is a comprehensive fee that includes: international airfare, daily living expenses (food, lodging), in-country roundtrip flight from Delhi to Guwahati, in-country transportation, admissions (temples, parks, etc.), trek and other excursions, travel health insurance, course materials, group medical supplies, WWU credits and administrative fees. It does not include: visas, immunizations/personal medical expenses, independent travel.
Setting Description:
The program will take place in two locations in the Himalayas. The first is in the Rasuwa District in Northern Nepal, an area devastated by the 2015 earthquakes. The second, outside of Tawang, is in one of the most remote areas of the Indian Himalayas near the border of Bhutan and Tibet.
Cost:
$7,600

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