Graduate Interdisciplinary Field Courses

The SMPH Office of Global Health currently offers three faculty-led interdisciplinary field courses:




Understanding and promoting health takes more than medicine.  A myriad of determinants contribute to well-being and conversely disease, including the fact that the health of humans, animals, and their shared ecosystems are interdependent on one another (“One Health”).  Additionally, people of different cultures define health and view disease in many different ways, and understanding cultural influences is critical to optimizing health and healthcare.  The Global Health faculty-led field courses introduce students to the healthcare systems, challenges to and determinants of health and well-being, community interactions, and the impact of culture on health and disease in the respective countries.

The field courses are offered through International Academic Programs (IAP) Study Abroad program, and students apply through (See links to specific country experiences above.)

All faculty-led field course students are required to participate in a spring semester preparatory course. 

Covid-19 Notice

As circumstances surrounding the global SARS-CoV2/COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, our first priority remains the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students.  The SMPH Office of Global Health will follow guidelines and policies established by UW-Madison and the University of Wisconsin System Authority, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS).

Updated 2/15/21