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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Health Sciences

Program Feature

  • Field Work


  • Peru

Program Term

  • Summer

For additional information contact:

David Drozek, D.O.
Program Director



Students will participate in "Brigades" or teams with CEDEINFA to provide medical care, conduct research and teach preventive health education in villages near Lima, Peru. CEDEINFA —(loosely translated —the Center for the Complete Development of Children and their Families) is a non-government, volunteer organization dedicated to providing medical, nutritional and educational care for children and families living in poverty in San Salvador, El Salvador and Lima, Peru. Students will provide care alongside volunteer medical professionals both from the U.S. and El Salvador (CEDEINFA), as well as other countries, including the host country of Peru.

Highlights and Excursions 

Students will travel to Ica, Peru where the multiple tourist attractions include sand dunes, buggy rides, the second driest desert in the world, and a cruise to the Ballestas Islands, known as "The Galapagos of Peru."

Good to Know

Student should consider the following before applying:

  • Earnest desire to learn about a different culture in poverty stricken areas.
  • Ability to tolerate lack of comforts common to Americans (heating, air conditioning, hot water, drinkable tap water, privacy, etc.)

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu

Living Arrangements 

Housing will be provided in a local church. Bedrooms will be shared dormitory-style, separated by gender. There are separate restrooms and showers for men and women. Most breakfasts and evening meals will be prepared at the church. Food for lunch will be prepared and transported to the field. Some meals will be in restaurants selected by CEDEINFA. Internet access will not be available.

Program Dates 

This program is not scheduled to run in 2021.


Students register for credits of undergraduate, graduate, or HCOM credit. Students choose one of the following:   

  • OCOM 8911 Clinical Elective 
  • NRSE 4900 Special Topics in Nursing (3 OHIO Credits)
  • IHS 4900 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Studies (3 OHIO Credits))
  • IHS 5900 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Studies (3 OHIO Credits)


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, some group meals, excursions, airport pickup, and international medical health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for appropriate credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Please monitor this webpage for updates on 2022 costs.

  • An itemized Student Budget Worksheet will be published when the next travel dates are available.

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
Medical Students in Peru photo credit to Amy Buck

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages. 

College of Health Sciences and Professions students are invited to apply for a Global Health Travel Award for this program. 

Eligibility and Requirements 

Open to OHIO medical and health professions students in good academic and judicial standing (at least a 3.0 overall GPA for health professions). Some fluency in Spanish is helpful but not required.

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.  

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 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements can be found  here

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document 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 or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here.  

Medical Students in Peru preparing meds for clinic photo by Jiewen Li


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.