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Medical Student with children Botswana Healthcare program.

Botswana Healthcare


Sunset on safari in Botswana

 May 22, 2019 - June 12, 2019
Gaborone, Botswana

*Dates may vary by 1-2 days

Co-Directed by Gillian Ice, MPH, PhD
Eliza Harper, MSN, RN


Explore a variety of healthcare settings in under-resourced areas while gaining vital experience shadowing doctors, nurses and clinicians.

Applications open now!

Applications due Feb. 15


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.

Students will have the opportunity to work with healthcare professionals in a variety of situations at the Princess Marina Hospital as well as other hospitals, clincis and home visits. 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.

Nursing and Nutrition Students - Earn Hours! 

  • Incoming senior nursing students can obtain up to 32 clinical hours
  • Nutrition students can earn up to 20 practicum hours that can be counted towards the completion of diatetic field experience

Participants in Botswana Healthcare at Princess Marina Eligibility

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

Please check the  Office of Global Opportunities link  to the Policy on Judicial Standing for study abroad participants.


Students on safari truck Botswana Living Arrangements

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


Students will participate in day and weekend excursions to the Botswana National Museum, the local craft area, the Gaborone Game Reserve and a safari in the Okavango Delta. All excursions included in program costs.

Botswana healthcare participant with child  Courses & Credits

  • IHS 4900: Special Topics in HSP (4 OHIO credits)
  • IHS 5900: Special Topics in HSP (4 OHIO credits)  
  • OCOM 8911: Global Health Rotation
  • NRSE 4900: Special Topics in Nursing (4 OHIO credits)
  • PA 6110: Clinical Rotation - General Selective I
  • STDY BOTS: International Study Botswana (0 OHIO credits)


Botswana Healthcare Participant at Cultural Village

 Costs* (2019 Budgets Coming Soon)

 *Non-resident surcharges waived for this program. Costs cover all excursions including the safari.



Application Process

OHIO University Students: Complete the  GOIS Online Program Application

  • Year 3 and 4 Heritage College medical students applying for faculty directed programs must also obtain and send a letter from your clinical education office confirming that you have permission to include the program in your schedule and that you are in good academic standing.
  • Academic and Judicial Checks: An academic and judicial check on all OHIO students is conducted before application and prior to departure.

Non-OHIO University students:  follow the  Non-Ohio Graduate or Undergraduate Instructions  to enroll as a non-degree student at Ohio University before you apply for the Botswana Healthcare Program.

Post Nomination Checklist

Please refer to the  Global Health Program Checklist  for instructions on submitting additional information once you have been nominated for a program. This checklist also includes information on course registration for programs.

Funding Opportunities

Program in the news


Information on Botswana

Botswana Cultural Orientation : You must use your OHIO ID and password to log into media site.

Health and Safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities 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  U.S. State Department  site for information related to safety and security at this destination. Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

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 U.S. passport holders. U.S. 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 OGO's  Visa Information Page.

Information for non-US citizens can be found  here.

 For more Information, please contact:
  Gillian Ice, PhD, MPH          
 Phone: 740.593.2128
  Eliza Harper, MSN, RN
 Phone:  740.593.4483