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  • Locations: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Health Sciences
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: Yes Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Program Lead Faculty: Robin Arnsperger Selzer Program Additional Faculty: Jason Blackard
Program Advisor: Cory Smith
Program Description:

Program Overview

Join CFHI’s Global Health 1-week Intensive in Oaxaca to learn about Mexican culture/language, and the realities of health access and inequities in this region. See CFHI’s program webpage for more information: Uniquely CFHI, 50% or more of student program fees go directly to the communities they will be visiting, benefiting the local economy at large and specifically underserved health systems.
During the study tour, students will:
  • get a crash course in Spanish
  • take salsa lessons
  • shadow in a hospital serving low-income populations
  • visit a NGO that provides social service to children and families
  • visit with a Curandera Mexican healer
  • take half-day trip to the nearby Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán, and alibrije carving workshop, and a mescal distillery
  • visit a local market and take a Mexican cooking class, and
  • have time to explore the city to go shopping, visit museums or hang out with locals in the vibrant Zócalo or main plaza.
This study tour is part of the new PD 2065: Social Justice Awareness and Global Health Experiences course. PD 2065 is designed to help students gain an effective understanding of the realities of health access and the social determinants of inequities in a global context. Students will assess their intercultural competence, explore the ethical implications of international global health volunteering, and gain real world experience by participating in a short-term study tour to Oaxaca, Mexico. Students will prepare for the study tour through participation in pre-departure sessions and activities, which will introduce students to the Oaxacan culture and etiquette.

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Mexico, the most populated Spanish-speaking country in the world, retains influences from Mayan and Aztec culture, as well as European colonialism. It is famous worldwide for its ancient ruins, tropical beaches, and colorful traditions. The city of Oaxaca, the capital of the southern state of Oaxaca with a population of over 260,000. This region is distinct from the rest of Mexico, with over 16 different ethnic groups, each with their own unique language and culture. The city of Oaxaca is well known for its cuisine, skilled artisans, and traditional handicrafts. Yet, with all its cultural richness, the state of Oaxaca health and economic indicators trail behind the rest of Mexico. It is one the poorest regions in all of Mexico and faces challenges in literacy, sanitation, unemployment, and access to healthcare services. 

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Who Can Participate?

Undergraduates, with preference given to students who have completed PD 3040/1000 Exploring Health Professionals and other Pre-Health Internship Program courses.

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Academic Program and Course Information

PD 2065: Social Justice Awareness and Global Health Experiences is a new course offered out of the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education (ELCE). It is part of the Pre-Health Internship Program (PHIP) curriculum. This course focuses in on how to help students develop a social justice mindset in preparation for examining healthcare disparities outside of the United States.

All students in this program are required to enroll in PD 2065 Section 001 for 3 credits.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Dr. Robin Selzer serves as an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Pre-Health Internship Program in UC's Division of Experience-Based Learning & Career Education. Dr. Selzer has 20 years of experience in higher education which has led to broad knowledge of best practices for student engagement and strategic program management across university operations including Graduate Admissions, Academic Advising, Student and Academic Affairs, and Alumni Relations. She has been consistently promoted for excellent performance and is committed to institutional equity and inclusion.
The Study Tour Co-Leader is Dr. Jason Blackard, Director – Office of Global Health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Blackard also directs a basic and translational research lab that focuses on human and mechanistic studies to understand the interactions between various viral pathogens.

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Living Arrangements

Participants stay with homestay families, chosen and screened by the CFHI Local Coordinator and language school. Homestays are located in a middle class residential neighborhood in the historic center of Oaxaca City. They are located in close proximity to one another and the language school, allowing participants to walk to language classes and meetings with ease. In some cases CFHI participants may be housed with others in the same homestay, but will always have their own room.

Homestays provide a unique opportunity to learn about local culture and practice Spanish skills on a daily basis in an informal setting. At the welcome orientation, participants are instructed on recommended transportation from homestays to clinical rotations and getting around the city.

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Getting There

Student will leave from CVG airport on a flight to another domestic airport (such as Detroit, Atlanta etc). They will leave that domestic airport to fly to Mexico City. The 1-hour flight to Oaxaca will likely be on AeroMexico. We will depart Fri. April 27 early am and return Fri. May 4 evening/pm. The times and flight path may need to alter slightly. We will book flights together in class; so we are all on the same planes. CFHI homestay families provide transportation to and from airport to program site.

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: $2800

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (provided in homestays, cooking class and closing dinner)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (Check with your primary care physician)
  • Some meals (during travel days)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs ($100 estimate)
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Robin Selzer, PhD
ELCE, 735M Steger

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This program is currently not accepting applications.