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CONTACT INFORMATION

Scott Benson, MD, PhD, MPH
Faculty Director
scott.benson@hsc.utah.edu

Pamela Lyon
Administrative Program Coordinator
pamela.lyon@utah.edu
801-585-5303


Peru Learning Abroad





The Peru Learning Abroad Program faculty-led program is a three-week summer program based in Trujillo, Peru, a country in Latin America, a country in Latin America, which is composed of desert, mountain and rainforest regions. While it enjoys vigorous economic growth, its poverty rate is estimated at 40%. These factors combine to make Peru an ideal place for students with or with a background or interest in health to learn about the cultural, social and health issues currently facing Latin America. Students will be able to observe, interact and work directly with academicians from both the U of U and Peru, as well as community members and graduate students to understand and improve the overall health conditions locally and participate in field work programs that focus on community health development. Since we are working with the local population Spanish speaking skills are a great help, but is not required.

QUICK INFO:

Location: Trujillo, Peru

Program Length:
      3 weeks

Number of Credits:
      4 credits

Eligibility:
      The Program is open to all UofU students and
      Non-UofU students

DATES:

Summer
      May 21- June 11, 2022

Application Deadline: February 15, 2022

PROGRAM COST (estimate):

      Undergraduate: $5,558
      Graduate: $5,618
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Peru Learning Abroad Program's objective is to provide high quality educational experience for students through hands-on field work (group projects) and cultural experiences. Through participation in the pre-departure orientation sessions and on-site field work, students will have the opportunity to get involved with a research project and work among communities with unique health needs. Like other regions of Latin America, Peru suffers from disease, poverty, and other pressing social issues. While in Trujillo, Peru, you will be able to observe and participate hands-on in functioning, effective projects that have been successfully implemented and are positively changing health conditions in Latin America. You will learn about current global health issues including mental health, water and sanitation, and access to health care. You will be working with Peruvian students, community partners and faculty from our partners, Cesar Vallejo University.

Typically, projects are broadly related to research/community engaged activities. Where possible, students will have the opportunity to review various projects in order to match their interests or skills to a particular activity. Projects may include:

    • As we re-energize past relationships with the University of Cesar Vallejo and build new relationships with community stakeholders, the documentation of the process itself it worth planning, implementing and evaluating.
    • Antimicrobial Resistance among Potential Human Pathogens in Water and Sanitation Systems.
    • Antimicrobial Resistance in stool
    • Mental Health screening of adolescents and survey of available resources
    • Maternal/Child Health Surveillance and Education with District Health

While in country, students will travel with their teams to their respective locations in order to strengthen relationships with Cesar Vallejo University, local hospitals and communities, collect the necessary information and begin to analyze the data. Lectures will be given throughout the stay in order for students to understand the fundamentals of travel medicine, issues and current trends in global health, and in-depth discussion of the illnesses with which they are involved in researching, including the global burden of these diseases and the role of their work in decreasing this burden.

When you finish your learning abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on the Peruvian culture, the social and health issues currently facing Latin America, and the Peru public health system. If you choose, you will have the opportunity in the post-trip activities to work with the trip directors on finalizing projects through final results analysis, as well as writing a peer-reviewed publication(s) and preparing a poster that can submitted to a global health conference.

Excursions – History, Coast and Culture of Peru

Student will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Trujillo. During the last week to learn about the history and culture of Peru. Some of the site’s students will visit.



Trujillo, Peru

Trujillo, Peru is a coastal city in northern Peru on the seaward edge of the vast desert plain at the mouth of the Moche Valley. It is the 3rd largest city in Peru, yet the town, founded in 1534 by Diego Almagro on the orders of Francisco Pizarro, retains the Spanish colonial feel of a much smaller town. Peru as a country is currently dealing with the double burden of disease, the transition from mortality from mostly infectious diseases to mortality caused by mostly chronic diseases. Trujillo is a true Peruvian city with little tourism making it an ideal location to learn and embrace local culture and to build cross cultural understanding



Scott Benson
L. Scott Benson, MD, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Division of Public Health
Family and Preventive Medicine
Lisa Gren
Lisa H. Gren, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Public Health
Family & Preventive Medicine


Details & Costs
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Length:
      3 weeks
Number of Credits:
      4 credits
GPA: 2.5
Program Open To:
       All UofU and Non-UofU students

Program Dates and Deadlines:
      May 21 - June 11, 2022
Program Deadline:
      February 15, 2022

Program Cost: (estimated)
      Undergraduate: $5,558
      Graduate: $5,618
What is included
Learning Abroad
    • Orientation
    • Tuition
    • Shared hotel accommodations
    • In-country transportation (bus, train, airfare)
    • Excursions
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • International health insurance
    • Welcome and farewell social events

Service Component
    • Pickup at Lima airport
    • Travel to Trujillo
    • Accommodations: Hotels
What is not included
    • International airfare
    • Passport fees
    • Meals: Lunch and dinner
    • Personal expenses
    • Optional excursions
    • Independent travel
* Visas are not required for Peru




    • The Division of Public Health is currently building relations with Cesar Vallejo University, local universities, community leaders and various health facilities to enhance collaborative efforts and support joint public health education and research.

      Trujillo, Peru is a coastal city in northern Peru on the seaward edge of the vast desert plain at the mouth of the Moche Valley. It is the 3rd largest city in Peru. Peru as a country is currently dealing with the double burden of disease, the transition from mortality from mostly infectious diseases to mortality caused by mostly chronic diseases. Trujillo is a true Peruvian city with little tourism making it an ideal location to learn and embrace local culture and to build cross cultural understanding. While it enjoys vigorous economic growth, its poverty rate is estimated at 40%. These factors combine to make Peru an ideal place for learning and service. It has the geography to provide varied medical experience and it has the economy to support lasting improvement. Like other regions of Latin America, Peru suffers from disease, poverty, and other pressing social issues.



    • Typically, projects are broadly related to research or service. Where possible, students will have the opportunity to review various projects in order to match their interests or skills to a particular activity. See below for examples of new, ongoing and past research and activities:

      • As we re-energize past relationships with the University of Cesar Vallejo and build new relationships with community stakeholders, the documentation of the process itself it worth planning, implementing and evaluating.
      • Antimicrobial Resistance among Potential Human Pathogens in Water and Sanitation Systems.
      • Antimicrobial Resistance in stool
      • Mental Health screening of adolescents and survey of available resources
      • Maternal/Child Health Surveillance and Education with District Health
      • Adolescence Health
      • Heart Health