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Multi-country: Spain and Morocco: Global Public Health

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Program Feature

Gen Ed

Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Health Sciences

For additional information contact:

Dr. Tim Ryan 
Program Director


Camels in Morocco


Global Public Health Spain & Morocco offers Tier III coursework to participants. 

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

The program 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 the successes and failures of past public health practices in these two countries. Frequent comparisons to the U.S. approach will be made. 

Highlights and Excursions 

  • Your program begins in Madrid, Spain where you will enjoy a visit to El Prado, see a Flamenco performance, and participate in a cultural immersion tour ending with a tapas food tour.
  • On day 4, the group will travel to Tangier, Morocco on a group flight. Tour Tangier with a guide, visiting spots of historical and modern significance.
  • Board a private coach bus on day 6 for a 13-hour ride to Merzouga, where you will spend two evenings at a desert camp. Rise in the mornings to witness the incredible sunrise as the sun transforms the Sahara into a sea of red and orange. Afternoon activities include camel rides, visiting local families, Moroccan music, and hiking through a fossil bed.
  • The program ends in Casablanca, Morocco (9-hour ride from Merzouga) where you will have a guided walking tour including a private tour of the largest mosque in Morocco and 5th largest in the world - the Hassan II Mosque.
  • Learn about public health throughout via lectures, reflection, and coursework.

Good to Know

  • This program includes 2 overnights in tents at the Merzouga Camp. Wifi and cell-phone reception may be limited in this location.

Living Arrangements 

To make this experience as safe as possible and maximize student exposure to both country’s rich cultural and social life, students will stay in shared rooms at hotels in Madrid, Tangier, and Casablanca. Two nights will be spent in tents in Merzouga.

Program Dates 

The program will next be offered during summer 2021.

Students should plan to depart the US, arriving in Madrid, Spain Students will depart from Casablanca, Morocco.


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)  

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. 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, daily breakfast, some group dinners, 1 group lunch, excursions, airport pickup (Madrid airport) drop off (Casablanca airport), group flight from Spain to Morocco and international medical health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 5 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 2021 costs. 

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. 

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 

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.    

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.

Group of different families enjoying being on individual Dinghy Boats

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.  


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.