Applications Now Open for Ecuador: Social, Environmental and Cultural Determinants of Health

Applications are now open for the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility’s global health course in Ecuador.

Ecuador: Social, Environmental and Cultural Determinants of Health (GHSR 6723) is a two-week course that takes place May 12 – 25, 2024. The course is open to University of Minnesota graduate and professional students in addition to UMN faculty, staff, alumni and community learners.  

Applications for the course are open until March 18.

This 2-credit course is an opportunity for UMN students interested in global health to study the determinants of health, Indigenous health and health care systems in Quito, Ecuador.

This course will provide the opportunity to cultivate global health competencies, including:  

  • Globalization of health and healthcare
  • Social and environmental determinants of health
  • Collaboration, partnering and communication 
  • Sociocultural and political awareness  

This course is offered in partnership with Fundación Cimas del Ecuador, a nonprofit organization that provides academic programs that enable students to think critically about development and its impacts on Ecuadorian and Latin American life.

Students will arrive in Quito, Ecuador, on Saturday, May 11, and start with an orientation day and tour of the city on May 12. Students are expected to stay in Quito through Saturday, May 25. Days will be filled with field visits, lectures and engaging opportunities to explore Quito’s culture and health care systems.  

Any UMN students with an interest in global health are encouraged to apply for the course.

A pre-trip orientation will take place in April to go over logistics and answer any questions students may have.

Learn more about the course by reading about past students’ experiences. CGHSR will also host a course info session on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 4:30 pm CST. 

Apply for the Course