nursing and medicine in ecuador

Study Abroad Program

Ecuador: Nursing/Medicine
Tentative Dates: June 15 – July 2, 2018; Applications close by February 15, EST
Program Summary

This program is designed for CHSP and OU-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine students as well as pre-med students who are interested in learning about the intersection of community and clinical health and the practice of health care in another country. However,  the program is open to all undergraduate or graduate students from Ohio University.    Activities may involve: community needs assessment, traditional medicine practices, health service delivery, cross-cultural comparisons, and clinical experiences. Non-credit option available.

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.


Excursions will include visits to cultural sites in Ecuador. Please check the itinerary for the most up-to-date information. However, excursions listed in the itinerary may change while in-country.

Living Arrangements
lodging is in economy hostels or motels.  In Quito meals will take place at local restaurants.  In the field, breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner will be prepared by local personnel in the communities. 

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.

Estimated Program Fees
  • Tapuy-Napo-Examining-kissin Program costs cover airfare (estimated), meals, lodging, incidentals, passport (if don’t already possess), immunizations, program fee, administrative fee
Financial Opportunities
Courses and Credits         

All non-medical students take a minimum of 5 credits. Undergraduate students must take either NRSE 4900 or IHS 2900 as one of their courses. These 2 courses are the foundations for the program and are taught as one course by the Program Director.

Undergraduate students must also select one of the 3-credit courses: nursing students either NRSE 3420 One Health (Tier II Natural Science) or NRSE 2900. Non-nursing medical students can take either NRSE 3420 One Health (Tier II Natural Science) or IHS 3935. 

Travelers Health Information  
Vaccinations required, anti-malaria prophylaxis, etc. Click on the following link for more information:

  1. avoid crowds and very crowded places;
  2.  do not get separated from the group; always remain close to an Ecuadorian staff member carrying communication equipment;
  3.   Never buy food from street vendors. 
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 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 at US citizens do not 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 OEA’s Visa Information Page  . 

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here  .

For more information contact Terri Hood-Brown, RN, MSN, 740-597-1258; Tracy Shaub, D.O ., 216-295-7549;, 740-593-2353