Chagas Disease in Ecuador
The Tropical Disease Research Program takes place in the context of efforts by the Tropical Disease Institute to combat Chagas disease in Ecuador. The program's field activities will provide practical training on the many aspects related to multidisciplinary field research implementation within the Chagas disease research project.
Students participate in the course work and as volunteer research assistants. Field work will be conducted in the various aspects of the project Specific activities will depend on the component chosen by each participant and will support the main research activities of the overall project.
An optional International Research Training Workshop in Ecuador is also available. This evolves from 12 years of experience providing multidisciplinary training in research methodology to students from the USA, Europe and Latin America. The course will provide participants with a solid background and skills to conduct interdisciplinary research in an international setting, while improving their Spanish language skills. This will be achieved through onsite lectures on applied research methodology and group exercises.
Visit the official Tropical Disease Research Program website for more information.
Tropical Disease Research Program: June 6 - July 11, 2015 (programs of 2 – 6 weeks available within this timeframe)
Eligibility and enrollment
This multidisciplinary research course is open to undergraduate, graduate and medical students interested in international studies, health and medicine, the environment, international development, health education, international relief work, biology, engineering, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, economics, and others.
Students who have a judicial record and will be on probation for a judicial offense at any point during the program may petition to study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
Enrollment is limited. Admission is determined by Dr. Grijalva based on direct communication with interested individuals. This program is open to non-Ohio University students.
Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, with applications reviewed by the course director as they are received. Students who apply early therefore have a better chance for acceptance for one of the limited slots in the program. We recommend early application as all the places may be filled before the final application deadline of January 31, 2015.
Courses and credits
The number of credits available will vary with length of participation and will match the student's academic program needs. A non-credit option is available for non-OHIO students only.
A full list of undergraduate and graduate courses offered is available on the Tropical Disease Research Program website.
Additional Information on Ecuador
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html. US citizens won’t need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
For more information contact:
Dr Mario Grijalva
333 Irvine Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Tel: (740) 593 2192
Fax: (740) 597 2778
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840