Name of program:

Interdisciplinary Study in Global Health Care-Latin America



San Ignacio, Belize, Central America


Professor Kristi Robinia (Nursing)
Dr. Yuba Gautam (Health)


Course(s) and eligibility:

3 credits, HL/NU386.  Meets upper division social science and world culture requirements.  Meets requirement for 74 Superior Edge hours. 

Pre-requisites: EN111, EN211 and sophomore status or permission of instructor.  Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, good academic and disciplinary status at time of program travel.

Term and approximate travel dates:

Winter 2015 Semester- meets once a week during second seven weeks of the Winter Semester with travel in early May, 2015. Travel will take place prior to the start of 2015 summer session. 

Application deadline: 

Admissions on a rolling basis; final deadline, February 14, 2015.  To apply, complete the Faculty-Led Study Abroad application, available online, and return it to the International Programs office in 2101 Hedgcock..

Program snapshot


This course combines diversity with service learning experiences in local health care settings in rural Belize. You will learn about the culture of Belize with a particular focus on the health and health care of the people of Central America. Experiences will involve work in mobile health clinics where students will provide basic health assessments, health education and make home visits with patients unable to travel to the clinics. This faculty led study abroad course also includes cultural activities that facilitate an understanding of the Belizean culture and the warmth of its people.  Preparation for the trip will begin during the Winter 2015 semester.   For more information about previous HL/NU 386 trips to Central America, click here (requires Mozilla Firefox to open).  

Estimated cost:

International program fee ranges from $3200 to $3300 depending on final enrollment and is payable in 3 installments, with early confirmation deposit of $1000 due by January 14 , 2015.  Fee includes international airfare, housing, ground transportation, cultural excursions, NMU administrative fee, international health insurance, and all meals.  
Additional fees:  Passport, and personal spending money.

Financial assistance:


For information on individual eligibility for NMU Financial Aid, contact Shawn Olson in NMU Financial Aid. Students who are graduates of an Upper Peninsula High School may be eligible for a $1000 scholarship. Details about the scholarship will be available after January 2015.

Interest meetings:


For more information: 

Contact Professor Kristi Robinia (Nursing) or  Dr. Yuba Gautam (Health)