Pediatric, Adolescent, and Women's Health: Healthcare Delivery in La Paz, Bolivia
This program is based in La Paz, recently named one of the New Seven Wonders cities. Despite improved access to health and educational services for the poor, unequal access to healthcare is still the primary cause of death among mothers and children. Participants in this program will take part in rotations alongside local physicians, medical students, and nurses in wards such as obstetrics, oncology, inpatient, infectious disease, nephrology, and disabilities. Students will gain experience in working with largely indigenous populations in resource poor settings and come to understand the socioeconomic and cultural barriers they face in accessing services for women and children.
In addition, students will engage in service-learning opportunities with local nongovernmental organizations that cater to the needs of underserved children and families. Students will become immersed in Bolivian culture and language while living with a local family, and will visit sites such as Lake Titicaca.
For this year’s program, students are strongly encouraged
to register for REL 367 – Christian Ethics and Healthcare
in SPRING semester 2019. A specific section of REL 367 will include a cohort of students who will be participating in the Bolivia program. Dr. Nancy Romer, MD, instructor of the course, will incorporate learning activities in this section that relate to the outcomes of the Bolivia program. Students will complete writing assignments during and after traveling that will fulfill course requirements for this Spring semester course. NOTE – Students who have already completed this course or are unable to take REL 367 in Spring 2019 are still eligible to participate in the program.
Participants are required to enroll in a 200-level (or higher) Spanish course
in Spring 2019.
MED/DEN Majors – NOTE - The program will meet the MED 480 requirement of participation in an approved clinical experience.
All participants will need to enroll in UDI 220
(MAXIE: Maximizing Your International Education) mini-course in Spring 2019. This course will require several pre-departure and preparation meetings from late February/ early March through April. The schedule for your MAXIE course will be posted by early October.
Students must have completed SPN 131 or 101 by end of Fall 2018.
Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing. This program is open to both pre-med students, as well as students from any major who are interested in global health.
Child Family Health International (CFHI)
For this program, UD is partnering with Child Family Health International. CFHI is a leader in global health education, facilitating international internships that meet rigorous ethical, safety, and academic standards. CFHI’s socially responsible approach and reciprocal, long-term partnerships with communities, ongoing support of local healthcare infrastructure, US and local staff structures, as well as time-tested policies and procedures protect the wellbeing of both students and host communities. Our global partnerships with physicians, clinical and public/community health sites are established and reliable, and CFHI offers the expertise needed to administer global health programs to match academic needs.
Accommodations and Utilities
Students in the program stay at homestays arranged by CFHI. Rooms are either shared or single depending upon availability. Each student will have a single bed. Hot water is generally (but not always) available for showers. WiFi is generally not available at program accommodations; students can access Internet services at nearby cafes. Unless otherwise requested, faculty does not stay in the same lodging as students.
Dr. Nancy Romer, College of Arts and Sciences