Organization for Tropical Studies, Global Health Issues in South Africa, Duke University
Learn about the fundamental principles of South African medicine and public health systems.
Gain firsthand exposure to key health care related issues, including topics like child health, water and sanitation, infectious diseases, virology, and sexual health and reproductive issues.
Visit local health care facilities, interview doctors and patients, and conduct scientific field research.
Based at Duke University, the Organization for Tropical Studies is a non-profit consortium of over 60 universities and research institutions. Founded in 1963, OTS provides hands-on field-based education and training for students interested in tropical studies, global health, and wildlife conservation.
The summer program Global Health Issues in South Africa is based at Wits Rural Facility, a community supported in part by Witswatersrand University, an OTS consortium institution. The facility offers students a unique opportunity to study South African health care delivery systems, analyze quarantine programs, and gain a better understanding of current issues related to human health.
Course of Study
Duke University's Organization for Tropical Studies Global Health Issues in South Africa offers an exciting 4 week 4 credit hour summer program (two sessions available):
GLHLTH 382A – Global Health Issues in South Africa (4 credits) This course provides a combination of field work and classroom instruction. Students study environmental health issues, child and public health issues, infectious diseases, and traditional medicine among many other topics
The course will focus on three main areas of study: primary health care in South Africa, the impact of HIV/AIDS, and the role of traditional healers and medicine. Students will attend lectures, but as much as possible students will gain in-the-field training. This experiential-learning program allows students ample opportunities to immediately reflect on their experiences and observe in the field what they have studied in the classroom. Students are expected to carry out a collaborative research project, which involves designing a project, conducting field research, and then analyzing the data in a scientific report. The program culminates with a symposium where students can present their research.
This course is NOT a biology course. Previous participants have received anthropology credit.
This program is open to all undergraduate students in good academic standing.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
Wits Rural Facility is a quiet camp located near the town of Acornhoek. Students will stay in dormitory-style accommodation with communal bathrooms. The area is very peaceful, with no shopping areas nearby. In addition to staying at Wits Rural Facility, students will take trips to Johnannesburg or Capetown, participate in a three day homestay with a Venda family in HaMakuya, and visit Kruger National Park.
For up to date program costs, see the Organization for Tropical Studies' website as well as the Financial page on the Education Abroad website.
Explanation of Costs
Please the program website for an explanation of program costs, withdrawal policies, and the payment process.
In addition to program costs, UNL students will pay a $150 Study Abroad Fee through MyRed.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:
Organization for Tropical Studies
South Africa Embassy
Center for Disease Control
US Department of State
*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.
IMPORTANT: The deadline listed below is the UNL Education Abroad application deadline. Please see the Duke University Organization for Tropical Studies website for their program deadline. Remember to apply through MyWorld and directly to this program by the respective deadlines.