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Public Health in Botswana

This course is a summer travel course to Gaborone, Botswana. Botswana provides an excellent case study for exploring public health in the developing world. The course will examine medical, public policy, and community aspects of public health in Botswana in order to help students understand the intricate economic, political, and social factors that shape health outcomes in Botswana as well as other countries This course will involve pre-course reading and writing, lectures and discussion led by local health care providers, public officials, policy experts, and activists in Botswana.

Academic Details

  • May 13-June 2 2012 (tentative pending flight details)
  • Course Name: POLS 120/ HONR 117  Public Health in Botswana
  • Politics/ Honors course that fulfills the Global and Cultural Understanding AOI
  • 6 credit hours
  • Class in Botswana for 3 weeks at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana
  • 3-4 on campus meetings pre-departure


The program cost will be $3139-$5949, depending on the final number of students.

The Program Fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Airfare
  • Group airport transfers at the beginning and end of the program
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Dormitory Accommodation at the University of Botswana (single rooms in 6 room suites)
  • Site visits to local NGOs
  • 3 day (2 night) excursion: Village Homestay, Cultural Village, and Game Drive (including meals)
  • 3 day (2 night) Safari excursion to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (including meals)
  • Day trip to Jwaneng Diamond Mine

Additional Expenses

  • Additional Meals
  • Personal Expenses

Apply/For More Information

Apply online.

Once a student is accepted, a $500 deposit is required to secure a spot on the program.

For more information, please contact:
Professor John Rovers, Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Fitch 116
Phone: 515-271-4981

Professor Debra L. DeLaet, Professor of Politics & IR
Meredith 227
Phone: 515-271-1844

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