Study Abroad

EGH Goes Global with UF in Haiti Study Abroad

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The Department of Environmental and Global Health (EGH) is proud to offer the first study abroad program in Haiti for undergraduate students at the University of Florida.

This 4-week program offers new and targeted opportunities for students wanting to further their knowledge and practice in global public health in a setting where global health challenges persist. Students will gain experience in community health, surveillance of infectious disease, water quality, and pathogen research. Students will be immersed in the local culture and life in rural areas of Haiti, while also contributing firsthand to research alongside Haitian students and community partners.

Students will be enrolled in 6 UFGPA Credits taught by UF Faculty.

A Look Back: Summer A 2018

This study abroad program will offer a new research opportunity for students to participate in.  Find out more about the unique research and learning opportunities that students experienced during the Summer A 2018 program.

Student Interview

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Research Experience

Through the expertise of EGH faculty members, Dr. Liz Wood, Dr. Anthony Maurelli, and Dr. Joseph Bisesi, students were trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students conducted community-based participatory research focused on water insecurity in Haitian communities. This was part of an on-going research project initiated by Dr. Wood in 2016.

Students were able to collect water samples throughout local communities to be later tested in laboratories for contaminants. Students were also able to observe and work alongside Haitian enumerators conducting the water insecurity surveys. They also had the opportunity to ask community members about their water knowledge, attitudes, and practices.

Cultural Excursions

To better understand and appreciate Haitian¬†culture, students visited the National History Museum of Haiti, which catalogs the nation’s history. They also participated in a Haitian cooking course where they learned how to make a traditional Haitian meal. Aside from these excursions, students traveled to Basin Bleu and several beaches on the island.


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Students were based in Gressier, Haiti located 20km west of the capital, Port-au-Prince along the southern peninsula.

Application Information

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to all majors
  • 3.0 GPA or higher, must be in good standing
  • Undergraduate Juniors or Seniors only
  • Interview with faculty directors

Applications to this program are currently open and will close on January 28, 2019. Click here to apply.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Dr. Liz Wood or the University of Florida International Center.