Critical Issues in Global Health and Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)

Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar
Critical Issues in Global Health and Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25early Junelate JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.75
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Hostel, Hotel, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Critical issues in global health and global water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) provides an opportunity for students to learn about global health issues within the context of a developing country. This course will prepare students to work in developing countries especially in limited resource settings in the field of health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). This course describes WaSH approaches for adoption of long-term behavior change to address global health challenges and explores low-cost technologies to improve access to WaSH. The program includes 10 weeks of lectures, field research, service learning opportunities and rotations in healthcare districts on the mainland and the big island of Zanzibar, Tanzania.


Tentative 2018 dates: June 4 - July 25 (Abroad); July 26 - August 8 (Tucson)

Students will earn 9 UA credits during this eight-week program in the following:

HPS 493C/593C Global Experience in Public Health (6 units)

HPS 459 Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (3 units)

These courses provides a family or community focused public health experience in an international or under-served location working with a local governmental or non-governmental agency to improve the health and well-being of a vulnerable population. The course emphasizes an in-depth, field-based experience.

Program activities include service-learning rotations for various health districts, hands on fieldwork such as water assessment and treatment and the building and repair of pit latrines in local communities. Topics covered include HIV/AIDS, Maternal, Child Health and Diarrhea Diseases, Waterborne diseases and water-related diseases. Some cultural excursions will also be included.


Dr. Aminata Kilungo, Lecturer, Public Health 


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The program will start in Dar es Salaam - Tanzania's largest city. Students will also visit rural communities such as Bagamoyo, Chalinze and Morogoro. The last week, students will spend on the beautiful island of Zanzibar, known for its exotic beaches. Students are also welcome to visit the local National Parks while in Tanzania. 


Students wll stay with a homestay family during their time in Dar es Salaam and within a guest house in Morogoro. On other stops along the program, students will stay in dorms, hostels and hotels.

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