"Improving the health status of underserved populations through sustainable and comprehensive research, service and educational initiatives related to infectious diseases."

Community and Public Health in Ecuador

Summer 2015
(2 weeks)

Directed by
Tania B. Basta, Ph.D., MPH, CHES.

 May 15 –  30, 2015

(approximate dates, subject to change and cancellation)
Non-credit option available
Last updated on 09/10/2014 02:04 PM

Applications Open
Application Deadline
February 2 2015


Summer, 2015


This program is designed for CHSP and OU-HCOM students who are interested in learning about global public and community health issues; however, the program is open to all undergraduate or graduate students from Ohio University.   Activities may involve: public health needs assessment, intervention development, health service delivery observation, and cross-cultural comparisons.



Students who participate in this program will have experiences including but not limited to:


  • Benefit from experiential learning designed to introduce students to the major public health issues (tropical, infectious, and chronic) in rural and urban Ecuador, the structure of the Ecuadorian public and private health systems, the priority health needs of various Ecuadorian communities, the cultural factors impacting Ecuadorian health, and the Ecuadorian public health response.

  • Observe health services at free rural clinics and at public and private Ecuadorian hospitals in the Amazon and Andes region, including native natural medicine.

  • Develop cross-cultural understanding through interaction with Ecuadorian health professionals, students, and community members.


Watch Video about TDI Programs in Ecuador


(arrive in Quito may 15, departure from Quito May 30, 2015)

Open to OU-HCOM and College of Health Sciences and Professions students in good standing (HCOM) or at least a 3.0 overall GPA for graduate students and 2.5 for undergraduate students.   However, the program is open to all undergraduate or graduate students from Ohio University. 

Excursions will include visits to
cultural sites in Ecuador


Living Arrangements
Lodging will be 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. 


Program Fees

All fees may vary +/-$100 based on the size of the team.

Student budget Worksheet

Courses and Credit

HLTH 4930  4 CR
HLTH 6930  4 CR

Actions Required

Application Process (Deadline February 2, 2015)

1.  Complete the online application (http://eais.admsrv.ohio.edu/eais/student/).

2.  Follow the program checklist:

  • Year 3 & 4 OU HCOM Students must also obtain and send a letter  from your CORE office confirming you have permission to include the program in your schedule and that you are in good academic standing.

3.  Students will be notified of their nomination to the program 2 weeks after the application deadline (February 2, 2014).  Once you have been accepted to a program you will receive a letter indicating additional requirements for participation in the program.  These requirements include an application fee and program deposit.  You must also register with the U.S. Department of State, submit a Confirmation of STEP Registration Form, International Health Insurance Application, a legible copy of the photo page of your passport, your flight itinerary and provide documentation of immunizations.


4.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required within 2 weeks of acceptance into the program.  The deposit will be applied to the program  costs and deducted from your bill:

  • OU-Participants will be sent a deposit slip with their e-mailed nomination letter and will have to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 to the Bursar's office (Chubb Hall). Cash or check payments accepted.


5.  All fees (including the $150 administrative fee) will be posted to your Ohio University Student Account (You WILL NOT receive an invoice by mail) and be due prior to departure in Mid-May to Early June. Non-OU students must activate an OHIO email address at https://www.ohio.edu/myid after completing the Non-Degree Application and receiving a PID number from Ohio University Admissions to complete the application as as access and pay their account.


Funding opportunities:

1)   OU-HCOM STUDENTS can apply to Global Health Travel Awards

2)   All participants can apply to the TDI Student Travel Award

3)   OU Students can apply to the Office of Education Abroad Summer Travel Grants

Contact Information


Tania B. Basta, Ph.D., MPH, CHES



Office of Global Health Programs
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
312 Grosvenor Hall, Athens, OH  45701
Phone:  740-593-2359; Fax 740-593-1730.


Useful Information
Podcast series about the TDI 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
TDI 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: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. 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: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1106.html.

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: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

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 http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html. 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 Dr. Basta at basta@ohio.edu
Ohio University
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
351 Grosvenor Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701

Last updated: 09/10/2014