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Spain and Morocco: Global Public Health

Photo of people in row boats gathered by a large monument in Spain. Photo credit to Tim Ryan.


Global Public Health SPAIN & MOROCCO has been approved as a Tier III course.


This “Maymester” public health program in Spain and Morocco is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all majors.


Global Public Health – Spain & Morocco will introduce students to events, places, organizations, and people significant to the past, present, and future endeavors of the health professions.


This course will focus on public health as it is administratively structured and practiced in Europe and North Africa, paying particular attention to Spanish and Moroccan influences. It will explore the role various agencies in those countries play in controlling current health threats, including diet, wastes, STIs, water and air pollution, infectious diseases, food quality & safety, and others. A special focus of the Study Abroad component is to examine successes and failures of past public health practices in these 3 countries. Frequent comparisons to the U.S. approach will be made.


CHSP students are invited to apply for a Global Health Travel Award for this program.

Program info session:

November 28 th  at 4:10 pm in 230 Baker Center

Program dates  

2019 program dates: May 6-19

Eligibility and selection process  

This program application is open to all majors from all OHIO colleges, as well as non-OHIO students with a GPA of 2.5 or above for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduate students.   


Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, meaning that applications are reviewed by the program director as they are received. With enrollment held to just 10 students to ensure program quality, we recommend early application as all the places may be filled before the final application deadline.  


All participants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 (to be credited to student’s program fees) as part of the acceptance process. An accepted student who fails to make their deposit by the deadline will be removed from the program, and their spot offered to the first wait-listed applicant able to commit.  


Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire conduct policy


Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent. 


The deadline for complete applications (online application and reference letter receipt):  February 15, 2019 


Hotel & meals arrangements  

To make this experience as safe as possible, and maximize student exposure to both country’s rich cultural & social life, students will stay in shared rooms at a hotel in the heart of Madrid, and by selected activities in the Moroccan cities.  Breakfast is included each morning. 

Courses and credits  

Students register for 5 credits of undergraduate or graduate credit.   


Students choose one of the following:  

T3 4700 Global Public Health (the Tier III offering) (5 cr) 
EH 4920 Environmental Health Practicum (5 cr) 
EH 4930 Independent Study (5 cr) 
EH 6930 Independent Study (5 cr) 

Other course number registrations may be possible—check with your major department for specifics.   


Students will learn course concepts and content through the many day trips, outings, and excursions integrated into the travel program. In addition to selected assigned readings, the course instructor will facilitate several location-specific (on-site) mini-lectures. Emphasis will be placed on the examination of current or historically notable public health interventions. 


Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet, 2019  

Graduate Student Budget Worksheet, 2019 **   


** Before applying, all graduate students should contact the point person for this program to discuss charges and billing. 

Find out about scholarships for this program by visiting our funding page.  

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program. 

Additional Information on Spain and Morocco 

To learn more about these study abroad destinations, please visit the CIA World Factbook

Health and safety   

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


Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination. 



Refer to the State Department site for the most up-to-date information related to safety and security. 


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. 

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 Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities 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. Neither Spain nor Morocco require a visa to legally enter so long as you are citizen of the USA. Find out more about entry and exit requirements through the State Department website and searching the country of interest. International OU students traveling on this trip must check for visa requirements based on their country of citizenship. 


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


Information for NON-US citizens relating to visas can be found at the website of the US-based embassy of the country you are traveling to. Please visit the International Students page on our website, and speak with your International Student and Faculty Services advisor before committing to a program.

For more information: 

Tim Ryan  
Professor, Department of Social & Public Health  
W355 Grover Center 
(740) 593-2134 

Megan Weber Massey
Program Coordinator 
Global Health Initiative 



About the instructor  

Dr. Ryan is a professor in the College of Health Sciences and Professions, where he teaches courses in the areas of environmental and occupational health and safety. He has been on the faculty at Ohio University for 20 years, and previously held positions at the University of Houston, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and Michigan State University.   


Tim Ryan took his first trip abroad at the age of 17 as an American Field Service exchange student to Germany. In the decades since, he has traveled extensively to Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Thailand, Korea and Africa. His travels have included Paris, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Madrid, Scotland, Hamburg, and multiple trips to London and the North of England.  


Copyright ©2018 Timothy J. Ryan, Ph.D., CIH, CSP 





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