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Global Health: Mexico

Dates: 1–29 July 2023 (approx.)
Application Deadline: 1 February 2023

In partnership with Child and Family Health International (CFHI), students can elect a global health internship experience in Mexico. The program is based in Oaxaca, a very poor region of Mexico known for its rich, interesting culture that includes over 18 different ethnic groups, each with their own unique language and culture. It is anticipated that most students will stay in a homestay.

There are two options: Option 1 is for students with a foundation in Spanish and consists of rotations at community-level clinics and hospitals serving low-income populations in Oaxaca. Students will join local healthcare professionals and learn about primary care and preventative medicine, as well as community health education programs. Option 2 is for students with little or no Spanish background. They will take intensive beginner Spanish classes during the first two weeks while also engaging with the staff of local nonprofit organizations providing social services in the community. During the last half of the program, students practice newly acquired language skills while taking part in clinical rotations such as community clinics serving low-income populations. This program provides a unique combination of a homestay experience, participation in excellent Spanish language classes, and experiences interacting with locals and professionals. This combination will boost your ability to speak Spanish proficiently in lay and medical settings, your understanding of Mexican culture(s), and your understanding of health care and global health.

On weekends, students can take optional excursion trips that have been previously approved by the Kennedy Center and arranged through our local partner in Oaxaca. You can learn more at www.byuglobalhealth.org and www.cfhi.org.

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Randy Page
2030 LSB
(801) 422-1131
randy_page@byu.edu

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
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Courses

Students in the program summer term are required to take a minimum of 6 credits from this list of courses:

IAS 399R—International and Area Studies Academic Internship
HLTH 403R—Special Topics
HLTH 481—Applied International Health
HLTH 492R—Directed Public Health Readings
HLTH 491R—Mentored Research
LFSCI 199R—Nonresearch Academic Internship

Note: LFSCI 199R is for Life Sciences majors only and requires prior approval. Life Sciences interns may read the syllabi and apply at lifesciences.byu.edu/internships. Graduate credit for MPH coursework may also be available.

Students may be interested in investigating the local culture by taking IAS 380 Cultural Proofs for 1–3 credit hours. This self-guided course allows students to do independent intercultural research, interview locals, and experience local culture.

Participants may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Cost

$3,900–4,400

Includes LDS undergraduate tuition for six credits, international health insurance coverage, homestay, two meals a day, airport pickup, transportation to program activities, orientation, placement and coordination of clinical/public health activities, and on-site coordination and support.

Does not include international airfare, preparation course tuition, passport, visa(s), immunizations, personal expenses, some meals, cell phones/international data, optional travel, or personal excursions. Students should be prepared to cover local transportation expenses from their homestay to hospitals and clinics.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see kennedy.byu.edu/scholarships).
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Preparation

Accepted students are required to take an international preparation course (IAS 369R, 1 credit hour) during the second term of the winter 2023 semester.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Housing

Housing will be in a homestay arranged by CFHI, where two meals will be provided daily.
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Travel

Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
travel@byu.edu
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Applications will remain open until program is filled. If spots remain open after the priority deadline, the final deadline is anticipated to be 1 February 2023.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

After acceptance by BYU, students must complete the CFHI application, be accepted by CFHI, and complete CFHI pre-departure requirements.

Priority Deadline: 1 December 2022
Application Deadline: 1 February 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Faculty

Randy M Page, Director of the Global Health Internship Program and Professor of Public Health, is the faculty director for the program.

2030 LSB
(801) 422-1131
randy_page@byu.edu

Tana Page, adjunct faculty in the Department of Public Health, is the assistant director.

2148 LSB
(801) 422-3368
tana_page@byu.edu
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
isp@byu.edu
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.