Global Health: Biology, Medicine and Public Health in the Tropics

This course explores the intersections of economics, health, medicine and social development in the Tropics, with Belize as the focus. The objective of this course is to provide students with knowledge and insight into epidemiology, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of tropical diseases.

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This course can be combined with similar courses for a comprehensive four week summer session in Belize
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Global Health: Biology, Medicine and Public Health in the Tropics

Students will learn to situate health in its wider social, economic and political context and acquire a basic understanding of the intimate, bi-directional relationship between health and development processes. Instruction focuses on field-based, hands-on learning. Lectures, readings from primary literature, and discussions are also integral components of the program and provide the conceptual framework for discussion, analysis, and interpreting field observations and findings.

This course will consider tropical diseases and medicine by certain key categories: geography, vectors and the route of infection (portal of entry) providing students with a broad overview of the major issues and diseases in tropical climates.

Winter 2017-2018 session will run from December 26th 2017 to January 8th 2018, with our special Primate Research courses running before and after the winter classes. Application deadline for winter is October 30th.

Application deadline for summer 2018 is March 15th 2018. We have 4 course sessions in summer. Section A: May 12-26. Section B: May 26-June 9. Section C: June 9-23. Section D: June 23-July 7.

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Class Focus

Emphasis is placed on the scientific, intercultural, and social aspects of global health, tropical medicine, public health, and ethno-biology in these subjects. Students will also examine policy issues and determinants of public health and health policy in international health, and acquire an introduction to tropical infectious diseases and review the strategies used to treat these diseases in resource-limited settings.



  • Day 1

    Course Introduction

  • Day 2

    Healthcare in a developing country, including talks and tour of a local hospital.

  • Day 3

    Who gets sick and why. Visit to a medicinal garden

  • Day 4

    Disease Vectors: Local controls, Lab, and trip to local office in hospital

  • Day 5

    Disease Vectors 2: Visit to BAHA

  • Days 6

    Communicable diseases; lab and visit to community health center

  • Day 7

    Control of disease: outbreak, prevention, vaccinations and education

  • Day 8

    Public Health Policy; visit international health care organizations

  • Day 9

    Health and disease in the "south"

  • Day 10

    Presentation and final exams

Scholarship and Funding Ideas

Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, many still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.

    APVMA Scholarship

    C.E.L.A Belize will sponsor two scholarships for APVMA members in each period (winter and summer). Each scholarship has a value of 50% of the regular cost of a single course or full program. A full program means two (2) courses (for a scholarship value of approximately $2500). Students can choose among any courses offered. Additional charges (late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, credit from a U.S. college/university, etc.) will be charged directly to the student at their full price. Contact us for more details

  • Gilman Scholarship
    Gilman International

    The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Who can apply The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Find out more here

  • Crowd Funding
    Crowd Funding

    So if a scholarship opportunity didn't work out, you can turn to many internet crowd funding sites to try and raise funds. If somebody can raise $6k for potato salad, who knows what you might be able to achieve.
    There are of course other crowd funding options such as indigogo and many more, so go on, get creative, get social and we'll see you soon.

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Our Mission

To expand the world view of participants by providing high quality, relevant, dynamic, socially responsible and academically challenging experiences.

Our Vision

We are the number one choice in Belize for providing professional and academic education by exceeding our participants’ expectations and contributing to the success of the communities with which we work.

Our Core Values

Sustainability: We are committed to building a better understanding of Belize's rich cultures and biodiversity whilst ensuring our business activities have a beneficial and sustaining impact.

Respect: We treat everyone with dignity, equality, kindness and trust regardless of ethnicity, lifestyle, gender and beliefs.

Teamwork: We work together through cooperation, dedication, respect and open communication.

Collaboration: We actively pursue and value cooperative relationships in pursuit of our mission and vision.

CELA. Belize
Center for Engaged Learning Abroad

P.O. Box 177
San Ignacio
Central America
Tel: +501 670 0930

Center For Engaged Learning Abroad