Community and Public Health

Community and Public Health in Ecuador


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Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

This program explores public health issues in Ecuador. The program travels to communities in rural and urban Ecuador in the Andean region, in the Amazon region and in cities such as Quito, Manta, and Banos.  You will visit public and private hospitals, talk to local health officials, learn about natural healing in the rainforest, and be involved with a needs assessment or collecting data.

Participants will learn to describe major public health issues (tropical, infectious, and chronic) in rural and urban Ecuador. They will learn about the structure of the Ecuadorian public and private health systems. Students will also be able to articulate appropriate intervention responses to various health needs and may assist with data collection, intervention development, and or/evaluation.

Excursions and activities:

Students will engage in sightseeing in Quito, stay with a family in the Amazon, hike to a waterfall, go shopping at the Indigenous market in Otavalo, stop at the equator, and spend a day at the beach.

Course options:

Hlth 4930 - 4 credit independent study

Hlth 6930 - 4 credit indepent study


The program dates for 2018 are Friday, May 18 to Saturday, June 2, 2018. 

Students book their own airfare to Quito, where they are transferred to a hosteria.  The following is a quick overview of activities:

-4 nights in Quito

-2 nights in Tena

-1 night in Machacuyacu

-1 night in Banos

-4 nights in BAhia

-2 nights in Mindo

-1 night in Otavalo

Funding Opportunities:

  1. OU-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine STUDENTS can apply to 
    Global Health Travel Awards

  2. All participants can apply to the  ITDI Student Travel Award

  3. OU Students can apply to the  Office of Global Opportunities Funding Awards

COSTS: (Click on links)

Contact Information:

Tania B. Basta, Ph.D., MPH, CHES                                   Office of Global Health Programs                                                               Grover Center E118
(740)593-4681                                                                  (740)593-2359


Useful Information:

Podcast series about the ITDI project
A series of 10 podcasts showcasing the different activities within the program.

What to bring
A list of suggested supplies, clothing and other items.

Travelers Health Information
Vaccinations required, anti-malaria prophylaxis, etc.

Logistics and Safety
ITDI programs have an excellent safety record. See details about the logistical arrangements, email access, etc.

Guidelines for Ethical Practice
The OHIO-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has adopted the AAMC’s “Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad”.

Other resources

Ecuador Links
Information about Ecuador: News and Media, Tourism, Cities, Culture, etc.

Infectious Disease Links
Information about protozoan, bacterial, Viral diseases and relevant organizations

Health and Safety
  Ohio University Office of Education Abroad 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: .
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 OGO’s  Visa Information Page

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here .