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Department of

Family and Community Medicine

Global Health Elective

The Global Health Course is a highly interactive, experiential course taught by an interprofessional team of local global health experts. It includes an 8 day field experience to a low or middle-income country as well as an intensive study of global health topics including the determinants of health, community oriented primary care, tropical infectious disease, and care of vulnerable populations in this country and abroad.

The Global Health Course is offered every April and October. When the course participants are not on their field experience, they meet most mornings at the Family Medicine residency suite, in The Christ Hospital Medical Office Building.There are two afternoon field experiences in Cincinnati.

The Global Health Course is open to residents, medical students and other health professional students.

Course Directors: Christy O’Dea, MD, Joe Kiesler, MD, Doug Collins, MD, Chris Lewis, MD


Guatemala Field Experience

Course Dates: March 27-April 21, 2017
Field Experience Dates: April 1-9, 2017

Course Dates: March 26-April 20, 2018
Field Experience Dates: April 7-15, 2018

Description: The Guatemala experience is set in the Western highlands of Guatemala, and the Boca Costa region of Guatemala, in association with Wuqu Kawoq, a non-governmental organization committed to facilitating excellence and linguistic competence in medical care delivery in indigenous Guatemala. During the field experience, learners will work with US faculty and Maya Health Alliance staff in setting up field clinics to provide primary health care, and provide training sessions for nurses, health promoters and other staff. Nightly conferences are held to discuss the day's work and patients.

Accommodations: Team participants will be staying in basic hotel accommodations (2-4 participants per room).

Team size Limit: The team is limited to 20 participants (limit of 6 UC medical students)

Cost:   Final cost is approximately $2150 (Christ/UC students) $2250(non-Christ/UC students). Cost includes flight, travel insurance, and all in-country expenses including room, board and transportation. It does not include passport fees or pre-travel immunizations. A $1000 deposit will be due June 1.  For UC students, once you have completed the trip application through UC International, and been accepted into the course, your trip fee will post to your student account.  UC International does offer block grants to students on this field experience; the course directors will apply for this grant and inform the students if there is an award.  In the past, UC students have received $500 from UC International to defray costs related to travel.

Organization:   Wuqu Kawoq

Tanzania Field Experience

Course Dates: October 23 - November 17 2017
Field Experience Dates: TBD

Description: The Tanzania field experience is set in rural Shirati Region, Rorya District, Tanzania, East Africa. Village Life works in the three villages of Roche, Nyambogo, and Burere, where we have been partnering with each community since 2004. Participants will have a variety of experiences, including outpatient clinic work, mobile field clinic work, public health projects, and work with our water and education projects. Faculty with experience in global health supervise students and residents. Nightly conferences are held to discuss the events of the day, interesting cases and presentations by residents, students and faculty.

Accommodations: Brigade members stay in a dorm type of housing provided by Village Life's sister organization, the Shirati Health, Education, and Development Foundation (SHED.) All food is prepared especially for brigades by trained Tanzanian cooks.

Brigade Limit: The Brigade is limited to 28 participants (limit of 6 UC medical students)

Organization: The brigade works with the organization, Village Life Outreach Project. For more information on this organization, please see their website,

Cost: The cost for the experience is approximately $3800, which includes airfare, ground transportation, room and board, visas, and safari fees for the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. A $1000 deposit is due on June 1. The brigade is tax deductible.

Next Steps:

  • Submit an enrollment request on MedOneStop portal
  • You will receive information about the required application on the UC International website. Once this has been completed and accepted, your trip fees will post to your UC student account. If a block grant is awarded from UC International, this will also post to your UC student account.

    If you are a UC medical student, make sure your MedOneStop request has been submitted.

    If not traveling on a US Passport, please check the country of entry's embassy to make sure you do not need a Visa.

  • Using 500 words or less, please help the course directors understand your motivations in applying for this global health experience.  Please comment on any previous global health or travel experiences.  Previous global health experience is not a requirement for this experience! Then email this essay to Nancy Jamison (
Christopher Lewis, MD

More Information

Christine O’Dea, MD
Phone: (513) 721-2221

Christopher Lewis, MD
Phone: (513) 584-8600