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Nepal Global Health: Environmental/Occupational & Maternal/Child

Dates: 29 April–26 May 2024 (approx.)
Application Deadline: 22 November 2023

The world’s rooftop, Nepal is home to Hindu and Buddhist traditions rich in iconography and deep religious meaning. The Kathmandu Valley has seven World Heritage sites that weave together Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Among all this history and culture, the people work and go about their day trying to thrive or just survive. Working with on a collaborative team from Johns Hopkins University, Tribhuvan and Kathmandu Universities, BYU students will recognize and evaluate occupational health hazards in one of the harshest work environments in Nepal, the brick kilns. From ergonomic and heat stress evaluations to silica air sampling, students will use cutting edge technology to evaluate and provide control options. Students will also work with Dolakha Hospital and Sukuman Memorial Polyclinic in the village of Kumari to conduct research regarding healthcare infrastructure and skilled birthing attendant training for maternal and child health. During the internship, a five-day trek will take students along the Annapurna Panorama Trail located in the heart of the Himalayan mountains.

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Steve Thygerson
2031 LSB
(801) 422-1891


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Frequently Asked Questions
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Students will register for 3 credit hours from the following courses while on this program:

HLTH 491R—Mentored Research (3 credit hours)
HLTH 496R—Academic Internship (3 credit hours)

Graduate credit for MPH fieldwork is also available.

Students 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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Includes Latter-day Saint, undergraduate tuition for 3 credit hours (increased cost for graduate and non-Latter-day Saint students), housing, five-day trek, excursions, admissions, transportation, and international health insurance coverage.

Does not include airfare to Kathmandu, meals, personal expenses, passport, visa to Nepal, and immunizations.
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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
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Students will be interviewed for selection into the program. At this interview, students should decide which area of public health they would like as their focus for this internship, either Occupational/Environmental Health or Maternal/Child Health. However, students will take part in all activities including the brick kiln and maternal/child health research.

Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201, 1 credit hour) during the second block of winter semester 2024. Part-time and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional tuition fee for the prep class.

Spouses also need to be credit-bearing participants on the program; they will need to apply online and take the preparation course.

Students should plan to be in Kathmandu on 29 April. The program will end on 26 May. Students should refrain from scheduling late arrivals or early departures.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will stay in hostels, hotels, and teahouses in various locations in Nepal.
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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
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Application Process

BYU welcomes students from any university to apply to participate on our study abroad programs. However, internships and direct
enrollment programs are limited to BYU Provo students.

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

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 page.

Application Deadline: 22 November 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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Steve Thygerson is the program director and is a professor in Public Health focusing on occupational health.

2031 LSB
(801) 422-1891

Randy M. Page is director of the Global Health Internship Program and a professor of Public Health.
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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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.