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    3 Credit Hour Independent Study in Health
    (HE 399): "Guatemala Public Health"

    Guatemala Public Health will introduce students to the concepts and practice of public health in a developing country. Students will expand their understanding of health issues that exist in Guatemala and they will deliver a health education lesson to "Las Amigas", a group of women who are being trained to be community health care workers. The group will spend four days providing health education, one day helping on a construction project at the main Salud Y Paz medical building, one day in Chichicastenango and another in Antigua.

    2015 Documents


    • Evaluate cultural, political, economic and ethical influences on health of those living in Guatemala.
    • Analyze contemporary health issues in developing nations.
    • Describe strategies to improve health in a cross-cultural context.
    • Deliver a health education lesson to a group of community health care workers.

  • Destination   Guatemala (Chichicastenango, Antigua, highlands, and more).
    Travel Dates   March 15-23, 2014
    Flight Information  

    United Airlines:  $666

    March 15: United Airlines UA1428 Depart EWR 9 a.m.; arrive 12:30 GUA (Guatemala City) Non-stop!

    March 23: Depart GUA: UA1503 12:08 pm; Arrive IAH (Houston, TX) 4:09 p.m.

    Depart IAH 7 p.m.; Arrive EWR 11:40 p.m.

    Academic Credit   YES: 3-credit hours, independent study: "Guatemala Public Health"
    Cost   $1,541 +/- Total ($666 + $875 = $1,541)
    • $666 American Airlines +
    • Expenses: $875; Group price includes ($675 fee for Salud y Paz that covers):

      • Professional health education experience with Las Amigas
      • Interpreter for three days with Las Amigas
      • Hotel at Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango (Saturday & Sunday)
      • Hotel in Panajachel (Thursday)
      • Hotel in Antigua (Friday & Saturday)
      • Lodging at a hostel or camp (very basic/camp-like lodging; M, T, W)
      • All meals except those listed below
      • All transportation within country


      • Construction donation: $100 (fee for the group is $2,000; without funds for supplies there would be no construction).  
      • T-shirt with participant names: $15
      • Shuttle to Newark airport from campus and return: $40
      • All tips (bus drivers in U.S. and Guatemala): $25
      • Group dinner March 22nd (not covered by Salud y Paz): $20

      Because costs are based upon group pricing, there are no "refunds"/"discounts" should you chose not to eat a particular meal, or if you get a ride to the airport, etc.
    Application process   This is a competitive program. There are only 5 seats available.
    • Turn in completed "Assumption of risk form" and your academic audit.
    • Provide a typed essay explaining why you want to go and what knowledge, skills, or abilities you offer.
    • In your essay, consider referring to videos of previous faculty-directed trips to Guatemala and other knowledge you have of Guatemala.
    Application Deadline   Friday, October 18th, 2013 by 5 p.m.
    Contact   Chris Hirschler,; 330 McAllan Hall

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