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Ecuador Community and Public Health

Students in Ecuador 2018 May 17 - June 2, 2019

Ecuador Community & Public Health (Quito, Ecuador)

Directed by Tania Basta, PhD, MPH, CHES

Applications Now Open!

Applications due Feb. 15


This program explores public health issues in Ecuador. The program travels to communities in rural and urban Ecuador in the Andean region, in the Amazon region, and on the Pacific Coast and in cities such as Quito, Tena, Bahia, and Banos. Students will visit public and/or private hospitals or public health clinics, talk to local health officials, learn about natural healing in the Amazon rainforest, and may be involved with a needs assessment or research project.

After the program, students will be able to describe the major public health issues (tropical, infectious and chronic) in rural and urban Ecuador as well as compare them to U.S. public health issues. Students will be able to describe the structure of the Ecuadorian public and private health systems and compare them to the U.S. health systems. Students will also be able to articulate appropriate intervention responses to various health needs and may assist with data collection, intervention development and or/evaluation.


Open to all OHIO graduate (3.5 GPA) and undergraduate (2.5 GPA) students in good academic and judicial standing. 

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

Living Arrangements

Lodging is in charming, local, bed and breakfasts (hosterias). In all locations, meals will take place at local restaurants. 


Students book their own airfare to Quito, where they are transferred to an hosteria. The following is a quick overview of activities:

  • 4 nights in Quito
  • 2 nights in Tena
  • 1 night in Machacuyacu (night stay in the Amazon)
  • 1 night in Banos
  • 4 nights in Bahia
  • 2 nights in Mindo
  • 1 night in Otavalo

Courses & Credits

HLTH 4930 – 4 credit independent study

HLTH 6930 – 4 credit independent study

Costs*  (2019 Budgets Coming Soon)

*Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Application Process

OHIO University Students:  Complete the  GOIS Online Program Application .

  • 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 n on-Ohio Graduate or Undergraduate Instructions  to enroll as a non-degree student at Ohio University before you apply for the EcuadorProgram.

Post Nomination Checklist

Please refer to the  Global Health Program Checklist (PDF)  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

  1. OHIO CHSP and Heritage College students can apply to the
    Global Health Travel Awards
  2. All participants can apply to the   ITDI Student Travel Awards
  3. OU Students can apply to the   Office of Global Opportunities Summer Travel Grants

Information on Ecuador

CIA World Factbook

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 US passport holders. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found  here . 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:

Tania Basta, PhD, MPH, CHES