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  • Locations: Tecpan, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Spring Break, Summer, Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate Academic Theme: Health Sciences
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Eligibility Restrictions: Medical Students Only, Nursing Students Only Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Christine O'Dea
Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:



Program Overview

The Guatemala experience is set in the Western highlands of Guatemala, in association with Maya Health Alliance, a non-governmental organization committed to facilitating excellence and linguistic competence in medical care delivery in indigenous Guatemala. During the field experience, learners will work with faculty and Maya Health Alliance staff in setting up field clinics to provide primary health care, and provide training sessions for community health workers. Nightly conferences are held to discuss the day’s work and patients.

This program has been reviewed and approved by the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC).

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LocationLandscape, Guatemala

Tecpán, Guatemala

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Who Can Participate?

The course and field experience is open to medical students, residents, nurse practitioner students, health promotion and pharmacy students. It is required for all medical students and residents who go on the field experiences.

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Academic Program and Course Informationx-ray, Guatemala

The Christ/UC Family Medicine Global Health experiences are offered in conjunction with the Global Health Course in February 2018 and April 2018. The Global Health course meets in Cincinnati at The Christ Hospital. Team taught, with inter professional learners, this intensive course provides an overview of global health, with focus on the determinants of health, tropical infectious disease, and care of vulnerable populations in the US and abroad. In particular, the course prepares learners for the global health field experience. It meets most mornings of the month when the group is not out of the country.
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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Christine O'Dea, MD

Dr. Christy O’Dea, a native of St. Paul, Minn., graduated from the Mayo Medical School in Minnesota and completed her residency at the University of Cincinnati in family medicine. She has extensive experience practicing medicine both in private practice and community health centers, as well as overseas. Dr. O’Dea spent two years in a clinic in Honduras through Shoulder to Shoulder, a non-profit organization based in Cincinnati.

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Living Arrangements

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Getting ThereStudents in Field

Faculty will make all flight arrangements for students and send them the information 2-3 months before the trip.


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Program Costs

Please contact the faculty leader for 2018 program costs.

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • 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 (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
  • Visa application/processing fees (~$)
  • ISIC Card ($25)

Note that program charges for matriculated UC students will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  If scholarships are awarded, they are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork and 3) electronically commit to the program.

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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

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for 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 medical and security advice. UC code 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 abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

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

Christine O'Dea, MD
513-721-2221 (ext 10)


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This program is currently not accepting applications.