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Botswana Healthcare

Botswana 2013 Princess MarinaExplore a variety of healthcare settings in under resourced areas while gaining vital experience shadowing doctors, nurses and clinicians.

Applications Open Soon - Applications Due February 1, 2015

3 Weeks - June 4 - 26, 2015*
Gaborone, Botswana

*Dates may vary by 1-2 days

Directed by Gillian Ice, MPH, PhD

This program provides participants with a unique opportunity to experience hands on learning in the hospital setting as well as witness global medical issues.  Students will discover the basic concepts of global health in the beautiful African country of Botswana.

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Students will have the opportunity to work with healthcare professionals in a variety of situations at the Botswana-Baylor Center of Excellence, the Princess Marina Hospital as well as other hospitals and clinics.  A series of lectures on health and healthcare in Botswana will be provided by local experts.  A service learning opportunity is available at Camp Hill, a residential school for children with disabilities.


Open to OHIO HCOM, nursing, pre-med, other health profession students and graduate students in related fields in good standing (HCOM) or at least a 3.0 overall GPA.  Non-Ohio University students also accepted.

Bots Cultural VillageLiving Arrangements

Students will be housed at the University of Botswana with breakfast and dinner provided at the University.


Students will have the opportunity to participate in day and weekend excursions to the Botswana National Museum, the local craft area, the Gaborone Game Reserve and an optional safari in the Okavango Delta.

Courses & Credits

  • HSP 2900: Special Topics in HSP
  • HSP 5900: Special Topics in HSP
  • OCOM 8911: Global Health Rotation 
  • NRSE 4900:  Special Topics in Nursing (4)
  • STDY BOTS: International Study Botswana (0)

Costs* Coming Soon


Nursing (and other CHSP) Students

RN to BSN Nursing Students

Medical Students

Medical Preceptors

Application Process

  1. Complete the on-line application.  Applications due by February 2, 2014.
  2. Follow the program checklistYear 3 & 4 OU HCOM Students must also obtain and send a letter from your CORE office confirming you have permission to include the program in your schedule and that you are in good academic standing.  If you are NOT an Ohio University Student, you will need to complete additional paperwork and sign up for an OHIO E-mail account.  Please consult the checklist for more information.
  3. Students will be notified of their nomination to the program 2 weeks after the application deadline. Once you have been accepted to the program you will receive an e-mail indicating additional requirements for participation. These requirements include a program administrative fee and deposit. You will also register your plans with the U.S. Department of State, submit a Confirmation of STEP Enrollment Form, International Health Insurance Form, a legible copy of the photo page of your passport, and your flight itinerary through the online application system.  You must also provide documentation of immunizations and a recent TB test to the Office of Global Health Programs. A non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required within 2 weeks of acceptance into the program. The deposit will be applied to the program costs and deducted from your bill.
    1. OU-Participants will be sent a deposit slip with their e-mailed nomination letter and will have to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 to the Bursar's office (Chubb Hall). Cash or check payments accepted.
    2. Non-OU Participants will be sent a deposit slip by mail and will return payment by check to the Ohio University Bursar's Office, P. O. Box 960, Athens, OH  45701.
  4. All fees (including the $150 administrative fee) will be posted to your Ohio University Student Account (You WILL NOT receive an invoice by mail) and be due prior to departure in Mid-May. Non-OU students must activate an OHIO email address at after completing the Non-Degree Application and receiving a PID number from Ohio University Admissions to access and pay their account.

Funding OpportunitiesBots Group 2013

Program In The News

Students Learn How Botswanan Healthcare Providers Do More With Less

Information on Botswana

CIA World Factbook

Botswana Cultural Orientation   - You must use your OHIO ID and password to log into Mediasite.

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. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the US State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.

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.

It is each student's individual responsibility to determine the entry and exit requirements specific to their personal situation.  Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. The following information will hold true for most US passport holders. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at  US citizens may need  a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates, if you have recently visited the country, or if you plan to travel to other countries during or after the program.  Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program in order to determine your appropriate course of action.

For more specific visa related information please visit OEA's Visa Information Page.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.


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For More Information please contact:
Gillian Ice, PhD, MPH         
Phone:  740-593-2128