CFHI - Global Health Experiential Learning Program (Early Fall 2019) (*TBIOMD and TEST capstone option)

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Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

Learn about global health issues in one of Child Family Health International's (CFHI) Global Health Experiential Learning Programs in early fall. CFHI focuses on reciprocal partnerships and empowerment in local communities and helps transform perspectives about self, healing and global citizenship. Engage with physicians and medical professionals in India, learn about food security in Uganda, or healthcare delivery in rural Bolivia. Visit the CFHI website for more information. 

Please note that you will only be able to earn UW credit if you enroll in the accompanying 1-credit TBIOMD 490 class in spring 2019.



Spring 2019

TBIOMD 490 class (1 credit). 

Early Fall 2019

TBIOMD 491- Participation in the CFHI: Global Health Experiential Learning Program (2-4 credits).


Undergraduate and graduate students from any UW campus may apply. UW students are eligible to receive academic credit for participation in the program only if they enroll in the accompanying TBIOMD 490 class in the spring, taught by UW Tacoma professor Karen Cowgill, Ph.D.

Choose from one of the following CFHI program options: 

Public Health and Community Medicine in Delhi, India 


  • 2-week option: August 31, 2019 - September 14, 2019
  • 3-week option: August 31, 2019 - September 21, 2019
  • 4-week option: August 24, 2019 - September 21, 2019

Note: Dates do not include travel time to and from destination.

India is the world’s largest democracy and is considered a newly industrialized country. Yet, despite its large workforce and immense growth, India continues to face the challenges of poverty, malnutrition, human rights, and inadequate public healthcare. CFHI’s Global Health Intensive Program takes place in Delhi, India, the second most populous city on the planet. Get a crash course in Indian culture by spending 2-4 weeks in Delhi living in a residential neighborhood amongst Indian families.

Study abroad in Delhi and you will:​

  • Be placed within public health nongovernmental organizations working to implement social reforms and improve public health outcomes in India with emphasis on the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and management of infectious diseases.
  • Learn about key public health challenges facing India such as low rates of immunization, poor sanitation and waste management, and unsafe drinking water.
  • Understand the lingering impact of India’s caste system and challenges in implementing public health initiatives within a culturally and linguistically diverse population.

Program Cost: 2 weeks: $1,925; 3 weeks: $2,490; 4 weeks: $2,850

Nutrition, Food Security, and Sustainable Agriculture in Kabale, Uganda


  • 2-week option: August 31, 2019 - September 14, 2019
  • 3-week option: August 31, 2019 - September 21, 2019
  • 4-week option: August 24, 2019 - September 21, 2019

Note: Dates do not include travel time to and from destination.

Become a part of the community in Kabale, a town in southwestern Uganda, and learn about their ground-breaking integrated approach to addressing “The Bread Basket Paradox” and improving food security and nutrition. Assist a local nonprofit organization in their efforts to treat and prevent maternal and child malnutrition through education and counseling. Visit local primary and secondary schools and participate in Nutrition Education Outreach using participatory drama and theater. Learn about sustainable agriculture and permaculture with a local social enterprise organization. Participate in workshops with village community groups and explore methods of growing a diversity of foods closer to people’s homes. 

Study abroad in Kabale and you will:

  • Engage with teams at a Nutrition and Rehabilitation Center who provide impatient re-feeding and rehabilitation for severely malnourished children.
  • Learn about sustainable agriculture by visiting farms in the Kigezi region to exchange ideas and help local farmers implement practical solutions.
  • Rotate alongside family planning specialists and HIV positive peer educators, who provide medical treatment and social/emotional counseling for HIV positive patients.

Program Cost: 2 weeks: $2,175**; 3 weeks: $2,750**; 4 weeks: $3,035**

**Approximate cost, may be less, final cost will be established before the application deadline. 

Doing More With Less: Healthcare in Remote Southern Bolivia (Tarija, Bolivia) 


  • 2-week option: August 31, 2019 - September 14, 2019
  • 3-week option: August 31, 2019 - September 21, 2019
  • 4-week option: August 24, 2019 - September 21, 2019

Note: Dates do not include travel time to and from destination.

Join health professionals and become immersed in Tarija’s healthcare system, including community clinics, secondary and tertiary level hospitals, and a leading clinic for the treatment of Chagas Disease. This picturesque region is known as the “Bolivian Andalucia” for its vineyards and Spanish cultural influence. Tarija offers universal health insurance, which can create high demand for services and strains on the system due to lack of personnel and equipment. Understand cultural and socioeconomic barriers patients face in accessing healthcare services and take part in patient consultations, laboratory analysis, and prevention efforts in surrounding communities. 

Study abroad in Tarija and you will:

  • Rotate with local physicians through specialties including pediatrics, surgery, cardiology and internal medicine in a regional teaching hospital. 
  • Become immersed in Bolivian culture and language through conversational and medical Spanish classes while living with a local family in Tarija.
  • Witness treatments for pathologies not commonly seen in North America, including parasitosis, tuberculosis, and Chagas.

Program Cost: 2 weeks: $1,925; 3 weeks: $2,350; 4 weeks: $2,470

Academic Content: 

Context for Global Health Experiential Learning: TBIOMD 490 (1 credit)  

Global Health Experiential Learning Program: TBIOMD 491 (2-4 credits) 

Participants will be required to take TBIOMD 490, an on-campus pre-departure course that will provide background in the field of global health and prepare students to gain maximum benefit from their CFHI global health experiential learning program (GHELP). The 1-credit TBIOMD 490 course will meet in person once a week for one quarter during the academic year before students engage in a two-week (or longer) GHELP in September, fulfilling the TBIOMD 491 sequence. Together, the TBIOMD 490-491 sequence (3-5 credits) may fulfill a student’s Biomedical Sciences or Environmental Sustainability capstone requirement as an internship.

Steps students take to receive UW academic credit:

  1. Apply to the CFHI program of your choice through the UW Tacoma study abroad website before February 15. Click on the "Apply Now" button on the top of this page to begin your application. 
  2. Apply to the CFHI program of your choice through CFHI website after the February 15 UW Tacoma application deadline: CFHI Application. Please note the program dates listed above will not be available in your CFHI application. To ensure you are signing up for the correct dates, select the closest start date available for your program then select "alternate start date requested". Once you have done this, there will be a drop-down menu where you can then indicate your desired start date. Please contact Robin Young ( if you have any questions about selecting your start dates. UW Tacoma students can waive the CFHI application fee. Please contact to access the waive fee code. 
  3. Once CFHI has accepted you to the program, please email your proof of acceptance to the Office of Global Affairs at UW Tacoma [] and to Dr. Karen Cowgill [].

Payment Schedule




Administrative fee


October 11, 2019

Tuition for TBIOMD 490 class (spring quarter)


Please see tuition rates page for more information.

Program fee


​October 11, 2019

Method of payment: The administrative fee and program fee will added to your MyUW student account on October 11, 2019.                    


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Office of Global Affairs/UW Study Abroad as well as your CFHI program-specific orientation. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • For UW Tacoma students, you can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet for you program (please email to request a budget sheet for your program) and submit these documents to the UW Tacoma Office of Financial Aid
  • For UW Seattle or Bothell Students, you can apply by filling out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (please email to request a budget sheet for your program) and submit these documents to the the Office of Financial Aid
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips
  • Please also review this list of scholarships: these are opportunities that can help fund your study abroad experience. Please note that many of them have deadlines before your study abroad application is due. For help with the application process, please contact

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated, and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Email to request a budget sheet. The budget sheet will allow you to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • UW Tacoma students can attend a How to Fund Your Study Abroad event - more information is on the Events page of our website.

Changes in Costs or Scope of the Program

In the event of significant devaluations of the dollar, some adjustments to program activities may be necessary. If there are any political events that might compromise the safety of the participants, a rescheduling or cancellation of the program may be necessary. If such changes occur, students will be notified of the changes and options will be presented.

Program Cancellation

If viable enrollment is not reached by (Date TBD), individual programs may be cancelled. Participants will be given the opportunity to switch to one of the other programs.

Equal Opportunity and Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at