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Community and Public Health in Ecuador

Summer 2016
May 13 – 28*

Directed by:

 Tania B. Basta, Ph.D., MPH, CHES.

Last updated on 10/19/2015 12:39 PM

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Application Deadline
February 2, 2016

Informational session
 Date to be determined. Pizza and drinks will be provided!!!

*Dates are approximate and are subject to change or cancellation


Program Summary

This program is designed for CHSP and OU-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 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. Non-credit option available.

Program Description

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


Dates: May 13 - May 28, 2016

Open to OU-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 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.  Non-credit option available. Please check the Policy on Judicial Standing for Study Abroad Participants.

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

Undergraduate Student Budget

Medical Student Budget

Courses and Credit

HLTH 4930  4 CR
HLTH 6930  4 CR

Proposed Itinerary*

Site Day Activity DATE
Quito 1 Arrival - transfer to a Hotel near Catholic University (Casa Helbling) Friday, May 13, 2016
2 Orientation in Catholic University - CIEI

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Afternoon Tour in the Old City - City Museum
3 Meet with Women's Health Collaborative/afternoon site seeing  Sunday, May 15, 2016
4 Meetings with Health Ministry staff - overviews of Ecuador's health
Visit to Vozandes private hospital and/or public hospital
Monday, May 16, 2016
Loja 5 Flight to Loja/city tour in the afternoon/ Tuesday, May 17, 2016
6 Health offical meeting/ tour Military Hospital/Fundacion ECOSalud Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Saraguro 7 Drive to Saraguro/city and surrounding area tour (Andean Health) Thursday, May 19, 2016
8 Public health facilities in Saraguro/visit with the health officials Friday, May 20, 2016
Saraguro to Riobamba 9 Leave Saraguro after lunch - night in Riobamba Saturday, May 21, 2016
Riobamba to Tena 10 Stop in Waterfall "Pailon del Diablo" - hike Sunday, May 22, 2016
Tena 11 Visit public hospital and public health clinic/community programs Monday, May 23, 2016
12 Community visits/needs assessment Tuesday, May 24, 2016
13 Night in Machacuyacu - learn about natural healing/herbs in rainforest Wednesday, May 25, 2016
14 Night in Machacuyacu/health needs assessment of community Thursday, May 26, 2016
Tena to Otavalo 15 Ride from Tena to Hot springs.  Stop in hot springs on way to Otavalo Friday, May 27, 2016
Otavalo - Quito 16 Quito site seeing or Otavalo Indian Market - night flight home Saturday, May 28, 2016


Map of proposed itinerary

*Itinerary and dates are subject to change

Actions Required: How to Apply

Application Deadline:  February 2, 2016


1. Complete the on-line application at http://eais.admsrv.ohio.edu/eais/student/ Applications are due by February 2, 2016. If you are NOT an Ohio University Student, you will need to complete additional paperwork and sign up for an OHIO E-mail account.  Please consult the program checklist for more information prior to completing the EAIS application.

2.Follow the program checklist through the rest of the application process.  

3.Students will be notified of their nomination to the program after the application deadline. Once nominated students will accept (or decline) their nomination in EAIS and if accepting pay the required non-refundable deposit of $500 within 2 weeks of the acceptance.  The deposit will be applied to the overall program costs and deducted from your bill.

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

b.Non-OU Participants will be sent a deposit slip by mail and will return payment by check to the Ohio University Bursar's Office, P. O. Box 960, Athens, OH  45701.

4.Additional requirements after accepting the nomination include, registering your plans with the U.S. Department of State STEP program, enrolling in the International Health Insurance, and uploading your passport information and flight itinerary through the online application system. 

5.You must also provide documentation of CDC required immunizations for Ecuador and a copy of the results of a TB test completed within 2 months of travel.  This document is sent to the Global health Office at E118 Grover Center.


All fees will be posted to your Ohio University Student Account (You WILL NOT receive an invoice by mail) and be due in May prior to departure.


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.


Funding opportunities:

1)   OU-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 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

Global Health Programs
Grover Center E118

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: 10/19/2015