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Ecuador Nursing and Medicine

Nursing Students in Ecuador 2018 June 2019

Ecuador Nursing and Medicine 

Directed by Terri Hood-Brown, RN, MSN

Applications will open soon

Applications due February 15



Program Description

Students travel to Ecuador, where they will spend 2.5 weeks traveling throughout the country, experiencing healthcare in rural and urban settings. Students gain an understanding of social determinants of health and the role of community and family on health care and health outcomes. They meet traditional birth attendants in the Amazon, encounter a shaman who grows and utilizes medicinal plants,connect community observations to clinical experiences, gather information utilizing an interpreter, and discover the ability to adapt to a new culture in a variety of situations.

Students combine community-based observations and discoveries with clinical experiences. This program is designed to move beyond the clinical: to recognize the multi-faceted aspects of health. Students gain firsthand knowledge of the healthcare system in Ecuador, discuss the impact of international health goals, experience the culture in Ecuador and practice their Spanish.

Finally, with faculty guidance, students reflect on their experiences in order to integrate what they observe, experience and learn into both their professional and personal lives.


Preference is given to OU HCOM, College of Health Sciences and Professions and Pre-Med students in good standing or at a 3.0 overall GPA (for undergraduate/graduate students), however all OHIO undergraduate and graduate students may apply.

An academic and judicial check on all OHIO students is conducted before application and prior to departure. Please check the Policy on Judicial Standing for Study Abroad Participants (available through the Office of Global Opportunities).

Living Arrangements

Lodging is in economy hostels or motels. In Quito meals will take place at local restaurants. 


Excursions will include visits to cultural sites in Ecuador. Please check the itinerary for the most up-to-date information. However, excursions listed in the itinerary may change while in-country.

Courses & Credits

All non-medical students take a minimum of 5 credits. Undergraduate students must take either NRSE 4900 or IHS 4900 Independent Study as one of their courses. These 2 courses are the foundations for the program and are taught as one course by the Program Director.

Undergraduate students must also select  one  of the following 3-credit courses:

  • Nursing students either NRSE 3420 One Health (Tier II Natural Science) NRSE 3700J or NRSE 2900.
  • Non-nursing students can take either NRSE 3420 One Health (Tier II Natural Science), NRSE 3700 or IHS 3935. 

Costs* (2019 Budgets Coming Soon)

Undergraduate student
Graduate student
Medical student

*Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Application Process

OHIO University Students:  Complete the  GOIS Online Program Application .

  • Academic and judicial checks: An academic and judicial check on all OHIO students is conducted before application and prior to departure.

Non-OHIO University students:  follow the  Non-Ohio Graduate or Undergraduate Instructions  to enroll as a non-degree student at Ohio University before you apply for the Ecuador Program.

Post Nomination Checklist

Please refer to the  Global Health Program Checklist  for instructions on submitting additional information once you have been nominated for a program. This checklist also includes information on course registration for programs.

Funding Opportunities

Information on Name of Country

CIA World Factbook  

Health and Safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  U.S. State Department  site for information related to safety and security at this destination. Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Entry and Exit Requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport now .

It is each student's individual responsibility to determine the entry and exit requirements specific to their personal situation. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. The following information will hold true for most US passport holders. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found  here . U.S. citizens may need  a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates, if you have recently visited the country, or if you plan to travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program in order to determine your appropriate course of action.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page .

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here .

For more information contact:

Terri Hood-Brown, RN, MSN

740-597-1258;  216-295-7549;