A study abroad experience can be an enriching, exciting part of a public health science degree. We encourage all students who are able and interested to investigate study abroad opportunities. Experiences can range from full semesters abroad to 3 week winter term courses. Before you hop on a plane, though, there are a few policies you should be aware of.

  • All of the Scientific Foundation courses (31 credits) must be taken as resident credits and therefore cannot be taken as part of a study abroad program.
  • All of the Public Health Science Foundation courses (31 credits) must be taken as resident credits and therefore cannot be taken as part of a study abroad program.
  • Up to 6 credits of Public Health Science Options courses may be taken as part of a study abroad program, however if those courses do not have transfer equivalency at UMD, they must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

If you are planning to study abroad please meet with a PHSC advisor. They will be able to discuss these policies in more detail as well as recommend specific study abroad programs that are appropriate for Public Health Science and your individual interests. We will need to know before you leave if there are any study abroad courses you would like to have count towards our major. If you haven't already, you will also want to visit the Education Abroad office and meet with one of their advisors. They will be able to provide you information on the variety of programs available.

School of Public Health Short-Term Study Abroad Courses

Maryland Short-term programs are led by a UMD faculty member who works with Education Abroad to develop a rigorous and engaging curriculum and program agenda. These intensive study abroad experiences occur during your winter, summer or spring break. The courses below are run by SPH faculty and will earn you PHSC options credit. 

Cuba: Law, Public Health, and the Cuban Family

Join Professor Kerry Tripp on a summer adventure to Cuba for a truly unique opportunity in this comparative family law, public health/medicine and impacts of poverty course. During this blended travel and on-line learning course you will be among the first in a generation to travel to exotic Havana for eight days of dialogue, educational experiences and cultural events as we contrast Cuba's socialized health care and legal systems with our own. FMSC486 4 credits

India: East Meets West: Contrasting Public Health Priorities, Pragmatics and Polemics in the US and India

As we head further into the 21st century, India and the U.S. represent our two largest democracies. Based on culture, history, governance and politics, these two countries have adopted similar and unique ways of addressing public health concerns. This course, run by Professor Donna Howard and designed for students who are interested in public health in a global context, will expose you to policy and programmatic frameworks for the delivery of public health services in these two cultures. Class discussions and daily field trips will explore the organization and practice of public health in India. HLTH489I 3 credits

Bolivia: Global Health Lessons in Ecotourism and Community Health

Join Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras for this unparalleled opportunity to learn about the difficulties of promoting health in remote areas with a great biodiversity, with so many environmental threats, so little economic resources and, at the same time, such a fantastic indigenous local knowledge. Students will complete online readings and short exercises before their departure to learn key concepts (e.g., Ecohealth vs OneHealth, key health issues in Bolivia, impact of ecotourism in community health in 3 other communities), and two pre-departure orientation video-conference meetings. In country, they will meet with indigenous community members and leading experts in ecohealth, protected areas management and agroecology as well as health professionals who provide care in remote areas of the Bolivian Amazon. Activities include learning about medicinal plants and how indigeneous communities maintain their health, visiting a sustainable golf course, and learning about the work of one of Bolivia’s most effective conservation organizations. Accommodations include 2 hotels, 3 eco-lodges and 1 home-stay, and transportation will be by plane, boat and vehicle. This will be an opportunity to go "off-grid" for a few days--internet and cell phone access will only be available in the hotels at the beginning and end of the trip. EPIB489A/EPIB689A/MIEH698A 3 credits