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Latinx Health Internship Program in Oaxaca

This program carries a total of 20 quarter units. Students will be enrolled in the courses listed below. Auditing is not an option. Contact your program coordinator to inquire about special course options for graduate students.

See Academics to learn more about applying Quarter Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements.

Quarter Abroad programs are academic programs so participants should expect a substantial amount of course work.

Courses (20 units)

All students must take the following 4 courses:

Chicana/Chicano Studies (CHI) 21SLatino/a Health Care Issues* (4)

Overview of health issues of Chicanas/os and Latinas/os in the State of California; role of poverty/lack of education in limited access to health care. GE Credit: Div

Chicana/Chicano Studies (CHI) 145SBi-National Health* (5)

This course is designed for bilingual (Spanish-English) students considering careers in medicine or allied health professions and interested in improving their cultural competency skills within the Mexican origin population. The course will be team taught in Mexico with health professionals and experts in the medical field. Content areas of the course include the following: overview of bi-national adult and child morbidity and mortality rates, standard practice patterns for disease treatment in Mexico and the US, risk factors associated to selected diseases, and distinct cultural and indigenous practice patterns. A major goal of this course is to provide specific knowledge on the Mexican and indigenous population for future health professionals so that they may systematically understand the unique cultural, linguistic and health needs of this population. In addition, the course should assist students in developing skills that allow them to appropriately interpret standard medical risk factors related to the onset of diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, dengue, tuberculosis, HIV, and specific cancers within this population.

Chicana/Chicano Studies (CHI) 147SIndigenous Healing and Biodiversity in Latin America* (5)

Focus on the intersection of western and traditional healing practices in Latin America and the role of the natural environment in creating sustainable health delivery systems. Analysis is provided of the major health issues attributable to public health risk factors and environmental degradation in Latin America. These include the emergence of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, drug resistant TB; food-born bacteria such as salmonella and tropical diseases such as dengue chagas and malaria. Assessment of comparative health policies identifies current cultural and environmental strategies in Latin America to tackle emerging illnesses within the context of existing health care resources, systems and treatment modalities.

Chicana/Chicano Studies (CHI) 192SClinical Rotation Internship (6 units, Pass/No Pass)

* The language of instruction for these classes will be Spanish.

Assignment Dates


This program is open to students who meet the eligibility requirements


Interested applicants must demonstrate sufficient Spanish language skills to understand and converse with Spanish speaking medical professionals (during guest lectures and clinical rotations), patients, and host families (housing will be homestays).

In addition, students must be junior standing (90 quarter units or above) or possess the demonstrated maturity and coursework to understand fundamental medical and biological terms/functions and their impact on people.

The following required courses must be completed prior to departure in order to meet minimum eligibility standards:

BIS 1A & 1B or BIS 2A & 2B;
SPA 21 or 31 or consent of instructor

Prerequisite Equivalents for Students from Other UC's