Global Health in Thailand: Humans, Elephants, & Disease

Global Health in Thailand: Humans, Elephants, & Disease — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type Embedded
Program Level 4000-level coursework
Courseload One 3-credit course

Course Schedule

This course combines a study abroad component during winter break with on-campus instruction during the first half of spring semester.

Term: Spring Semester 2018 with study abroad during Winter Break 2017–2018.

On-campus course schedule: Wednesdays from 2:30pm–3:20pm, January 17–February 28, 2018; East Bank


 Taught in English by a University of Minnesota professor.


Using the One Health approach, you will learn about the importance of interprofessional teamwork and collaboration to address poor health in patients and population. There are many important infectious, as well as non-infectious, diseases such as tuberculosis that impact the lives of both humans and animals. These diseases will be explored including the important cultural and socio-economic aspects that influence the transfer of disease between human and animals, as well as how diseases are managed. Through visits to elephant centers, a village, a variety of health care facilities, and time spent in Chiang Mai city, you will examine the intersection of human health, animal health, and the environment.

A pre-departure orientation will provide you with introductory information on Thailand and the health topics we will discuss during the course. While abroad, you will be expected to participate in all excursions and maintain a reflective journal which will be provided for you. You will be assigned to teams and tasked to address a health challenge throughout your time in Thailand and during the 7 weeks of class afterwards at the UofM. Additional assignments, including a team final project, will be due during the 7 weeks of class at th UofM.

You will receive credit for: AHS 3002

AHS 3002 Global Health in Thailand is certified for the Global Perspectives LE.