ONE HEALTH: PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE TROPICS
One Health is defined as a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach — working at the local, regional, national, and global levels — with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. This means that an introductory course to One Health is a great fit for students interested in veterinary medicine, human medicine, conservation biology, health and development. The leading Vet School in the US has a deep commitment to One Health, and leading US medical schools have introduced veterinary rotations to explore a One Health approach. This coursework would be a great asset for a student interested in vet school, medical school, or other graduate health or development programs.
EXPORING THE SCIENCE, INTERCULTURAL AND SOCIAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH
Students will also examine policy issues, conditions and determinants of public health and health policy in international health, and acquire an introduction to tropical diseases and review the strategies used to respond to these diseases in resource-limited settings. Our group will supplement lectures with labs designed to enhance clinical skills. We will also gain hands-on experience through visits to local facilities and projects, including the Vector Control Unit in San Ignacio Hospital, international health care organizations PAHO and UNICEF, community health centres, government agricultural departments, and local hospitals and healers to learn about One Health from a variety of perspectives.
Finally, students will learn to approach health in its wider social, economic and political context and acquire a basic understanding of the intimate, interdependent relationship between health and development processes. Lectures, readings from primary literature, field-based learning and group discussions are also integral components of the program and provide the conceptual framework for discussion, analysis, and interpreting field observations and findings. By the end of the program, students will be able to describe the major issues and challenges in health and disease in Belize and globally, identify mortality and morbidity in the Tropics, demonstrate knowledge of health concerns in Belize by ethnic and economic status, and much more.
No sessions available for enrollment
Program tuition is $3,180, not including international airfare.
Interest-free payment plans are available. Current college students may be able to use federal financial aid toward their tuition.
The first $500 of your tuition (your program deposit) holds your space in the course. This deposit is non-refundable. All prices are in US dollars.
Want to stay for a whole month? Combine 2 courses!
Tuition for 2 programs is $5300.
- Airport pickup
- Class excursions
- Breakfast each day
- $30 Application fee
- Personal budget for meals, tours, laundry, evening activities, souvenirs, etc
- Medical insurance (required)
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, may 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.
The Gilman Scholarship offers awards of $5000 for undergraduate study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. Talk to us about applying!
Many of our alumni have been successful raising money from friends, family, and community through crowdfunding. Tell your story, share your passion, and people may want to be a part of your adventure and growth!
The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is open to US citizen undergraduate students who are child dependents of active duty service members and receiving any type of Title IV federal financial aid to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.