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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Foods and Nutrition, Gerontology, Health Science, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Pre-Health, Public Health, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Housing Options: Homestay Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:

Global Public Health in Peru

*NEW* for Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA 
This three-week study abroad course will expose students to public health issues in the beautiful mountainous state of Cusco, Peru in South America. The course will be conducted together with a local non-profit organization, with students staying in the homes of Peruvian families. Together with community partners in Peru, students will engage with local communities to address numerous public health issues of both local and global concern, including non-communicable disease challenges, emerging infectious diseases, sanitation, and environmental pollution. 

Over the course of a three-week period, students will attend lectures by faculty leaders, guest lecturers, and community professionals; complete preparatory work, such as survey development and design, prior to community visits; attend tours to build understanding of the local culture; and conduct collaborative projects with communities in the Peruvian highlands intended to provide interventions that may improve health status. 


This program takes place in Cusco, Peru in South America. Cusco is the capital city of the region of Cusco in Peru. The city of Cusco is located in the Andean Mountain region of southeastern Peru.  It is the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th to the 16th centuries. With its deep and complex history, Cusco provides a beautiful, historic setting in which to learn about Incan, Spanish, and contemporary Peruvian cultures.


All participants are required to register for ONE of the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” courses.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies.

Tentative for 2019:
  • PH 497: (Title TBA) (3 units SDSU resident credit)
  • PH 650R: (Title TBA) (3 units SDSU resident credit)
HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


TBA - More information coming soon! 

  • Visits to local cultural institutions
  • Guest lectures
  • Tentative visit to the famous Inca site of Machu Pichu
  • TBA: More information coming soon!

  • Dr. Eyal Oren, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, College of Health and Human Services at SDSU
  • Dr. Jennifer Winkler, Lecturer, School of Public Health, College of Health and Human Services at SDSU 


Payment Schedule:
TBA - More information coming soon
Included in the Program Fee:
  • 3 units of SDSU resident credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation insurance through SDSU
  • More information coming soon!

Not included in the Program Fee:
  • Roundtrip airfare to Peru
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information) 
  • Personal expenses
  • More information coming soon!
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • TBA - More information coming soon!
Course Tuition Refund:

Funding and Scholarship Information:
  • Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0 
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities, and the general public
  • Open to all majors - public health undergraduates and graduates are encouraged to apply!
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18.
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

If you are interested in attending this program in Summer 2019, add your name to the Inquiry List below and you'll receive email updates when available.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact faculty leader Dr. Eyal Oren at
  • For more information about the program application and payment process, contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.