Accelerated Public Health in Cusco

Accelerated Public Health in Cusco
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25early Juneearly AugustBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.75
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Accelerate your Public Health degree by completing a full semester of coursework during this 9-week summer program in Cusco, Peru. Learn about Peruvian healthcare while serving the local community on topics related to nutrition, respiratory health, clean water, and sustainability. 


Tentative 2019 dates: May 25th - August 3rd  *Subject to change

Students will take a full 12 units during this 9-week program focused on public health and service learning. Days will include a combination of classroom time and field work. Two semesters of Spanish language is highly encouraged to participate. The courses include:

HPS 433 Global Health (3 units)
EPID 479 Infections and Epidemics (3 units)
HPS 493C Global Experience in Public Health (3 units)
HPS 387 Health Disparities & Minority Health (3 units) or HPS 399 Independent Study (3 units) (Independent Study requires faculty approval)


Dr. Doug Taren, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Sheena Brown, Assistant Professor and Director, Human Services Program, UAS 

Dr. Kate Ellingson, Assistant Professor, Public Health

Lisa Woodson, Research Consultant, Tango International and UA Public Health Alumni


Cusco, Peru

Previously the capital of the Inca empire and known for the beautiful archeological ruins surrounding it, Cusco is situated centrally in the Southern part of Peru. This city provides access to some of the most impressive sites in the world, including Machu Picchu. Students will take classes at the Casa de Frey Bartolome while in Cusco. 

Excursions included in the program include an overnight trip to Machu Picchu, visits to other nearby ruins, salsa lessons and more. 


Students will be housed with local host families in order to integrate with the local culture and expand on their Spanish language skills. All meals will be provided by the family and students should expect a 10-15 minute walk to school each day. 

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