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Botswana Healthcare

2014-05-10 03Explore a variety of healthcare settings in under resourced areas while gaining vital experience shadowing doctors, nurses and clinicians.

Applications open Fall 2015. Applications due February 1, 2016.

3 Weeks - June 3 - 29, 2016*
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.

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.

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Open to OHIO medical, nursing, pre-med, 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.  

Living 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.

2014-05-14 07  Courses & Credits

    HSP 2900: Special Topics in HSP (4 OHIO Credits)       

    HSP 5900: Special Topics in HSP (4 OHIO Credits)    

    OCOM 8911: Global Health Rotation 

    NRSE 4900:  Special Topics in Nursing (4 OHIO Credits)

    STDY BOTS: International Study Botswana (0)


    Undergraduate Students

    Graduate Students

     Medical Students & Preceptors



Application Process

OHIO University Students: Complete the GOIS On-line Program Application.

  • Year 3 & 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 & 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

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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 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 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 here:  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 OGO'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

Eliza Harper, MSN, RN
Phone:  740-593-4483