OaxacaCourse Description

This course will explore, compare, and contrast current concepts of health status and health care delivery, including cultural health care practices in Oaxaca, Mexico and the United States. Students will explore and gain an appreciation for cultural diversity by exploring the social, psychological, medical, and historical trajectories of Oaxacan and U.S. perceptions within the overarching theme of health. Our investigation is collaborative with Mexican expertise, integrating speakers, presentations and discussions through online and group field study. Our local community situation and travels to Oaxaca will expose us to teachers, activists, migrants, practitioners, and humanitarian enthusiasts with diverse backgrounds enabling individual insight and reflection. By discovering the ideologies, policies, and practices of culture and health care in cross-cultural contexts, we hope to better serve, and enable optimal health care to all our patients. Preference will be given to graduate students and undergraduate students with senior level status.

Travel Study Costs and Fees

Program Fee: $1,052*

If you are admitted to the course, you will receive an email asking you to accept or decline the spot. To accept your spot, you are required to fill out the commitment deposit form and submit a $500 non-refundable deposit within 48 hours. For more information about payment policies and procedures, view the Travel Study Payment Policy.


  • In-country transportation
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Cultural activities and excursions arranged by the lead instructor
  • Some meals
  • Supplies and materials

Not Included:

  • College tuition and fees**, see UVM Student Financial Services
  • Airfare, estimated cost $790
  • Cancel for any reason flight insurance (strongly encouraged)
  • Baggage fees
  • Vaccinations and any associated costs
  • Passport fees
  • Personal and entertainment expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

*Trip cost subject to change due to unanticipated changes.

**Travel Study courses are regarded as normal UVM courses and as such, normal tuition and fees apply.

Country Information

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