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Guatemala: Community health & medical anthropology

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The next program will be in summer 2019.

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change is excited to offer a unique Community Health and Medical Anthropology Field School in Guatemala, led by one of our school's top medical anthropologists. Jonathan Maupin brings with him extensive research experience focusing on issues of community participation in health programs, variation in illness concepts and cultural competency among the Kaqchikel Maya in Guatemala, Purépecha groups in Western Mexico and Hispanic migrants in the U.S.

Guatemala Students Jumping

Students chosen for this field school will spend a total of five weeks from June 25 - July 28, 2017 (35 days) in two different cities: Antigua and Acatenango. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in which students will get to learn about indigenous healthcare by making site visits with healthcare providers and conducting interviews in rural communities with Mayan midwives and community health workers and will also assist in data entry and analysis. The program will include trips to several health clinics in the region, as well as archaeological and environmental sites. Students will have some free time to sightsee and take short day trips on their own, but extended travel is encouraged before or after the program dates.

The program is suitable for undergraduate students at any level, as no specific background in any of these fields is assumed. Courses fulfill the General Studies and Science and Society requirements, and prerequisites are usually waived. Graduate students also can be accommodated with graduate course credit. Students must enroll in 6 credits. Planned course options include:

  • ASB 443/SSH 403  Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health (3) 
    Fulfills CLAS Science & Society; and/or fulfills General Studies (L or SB) & G (This course is repeatable for credit.)
  • ASB 302  Ethnographic Field Study (3) 
    Fulfills General Studies (L or SB) & G
  • ASB 452/SSH 402  Community Partnerships for Global Health (3) 
    Fulfills General Studies SB
  • ASB 583  Fieldwork (3)
  • SSH 512  Social Science Applications in Community Health (3)

The 2017 Guatemala progam fee is $5,550, covering 6 credits of coursework, all accommodations, excursions, activities, program-related transportation and most meals. The fee does not include international airfare (approximately $875), incidentals and remaining meals.

Previous program participants have received funding through Gilman Scholarships; learn more.

Students from other universities and colleges are welcome to participate in this program, but, for course registration and risk management purposes, must first be admitted to ASU for the summer only as nondegree seeking students before starting their summer program application. Please see the Apply section of our website for more information.

The application deadline for 2017 is February 6, 2017. There are a limited number of seats available, and students will be notified of their admission decision by the end of February.

Students must be at least 18 years of age, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and be in good standing with their home institution. Students with a GPA below 2.5 or in poor standing for any other reason are required to submit two letters of recommendation (preferably from current professors) with their application, in support of their suitability as applicants. Students will also have to prove proficiency in Spanish before being accepted; however, we may allow conditional acceptance for students with minimal Spanish language ability. In addition, students will be required to fill out a supplemental application with short answers and provide one academic reference.

Non-ASU students should write to shesc.undergrad@asu.edu for instructions on how to apply. Current ASU students may apply by clicking on the link below.

Sample Guatemala Itinerary

For more information, email the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at shesc.undergrad@asu.edu or call us at (480) 965-6215.