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* WWU Global Learning Program: Fall, India & Nepal- Global Health in the Himalayas
Kathmandu, Nepal; New Delhi, India; Tawang, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall Quarter
Budget Sheets Fall Quarter
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Quarter 2015 08/28/2015 ** Rolling Admission 09/21/2015 12/11/2015
NOTE: Dates and costs are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite: No
Fields of Study:
Public Health, Service Learning, Sustainability
Housing Options: Other
Program Description:
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Global Health in the Himalayas

FAIR 437d  Global Health in the Himalayas: Medical Services in Rural Communities

On campus Pre-departure session dates: September 21-26, 2015
Travel dates: September 30 – November 27, 2015
On campus Post-travel session dates: December 7-11, 2015

Global Health in the Himalayas is an intensive two-month field program that encompasses studies in health care delivery and public health in an international context.

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Program Details

Global Health in the Himalayas is an intensive two-month field program that encompasses studies in health care delivery and public health in an international context. Under the guidance of medical professionals, it will deepen your understanding of medicine and public health by facilitating its practical application in a field setting. A primary focus will be on how Himalaya communities respond to critical social and health challenges, in ways that promote sustainability and well-being.

Global Health in the Himalayas is designed to provide both group support and structure, while allowing time for independent study, exploration, and discovery. During the trip we will be staying with local communities, sharing their experiences and participating in community health projects.

To learn more, check out our website, Global Health in the Himalayas: Medical Services in Rural Communities

Program highlights:

  • Study medicine and public health in the field with medical professionals
  • Spend four weeks in Tawang district, a remote region of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Visit Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama and large Tibetan refugee community
  • Learn about Tibetan culture, history and religion
  • Work with Jhamtse Gatsal and other grassroots organizations on community health projects
  • Trek in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas

Click here to download a detailed, printable itinerary.

FAIR 437d - 15 credits
Click Here to View Course Syllabus


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Dr. Frank James is active in teaching, research and medical practice. His interests focus on health promotion and disease prevention. He is currently the Health Officer for San Juan County and Health Officer for the Nooksack Indian Nation. He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health since 1992. He has also taught courses at Western Washington University during several points in his career.

For a decade, Dr. James was a Primary Investigator for an NIH funded cancer prevention trial at the St Joseph Hospital Cancer Center and the Medical Director of Interfaith Family Health Center. He has also spent much of  his career working abroad in India, China and East Timor, among other countries. This included work with the Tibetan Children’s Village Hospital in Dharamsala, and more recently with Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community near Tawang


Charlie Ashbaugh is the Director of the Institute for Village Studies. He joined IVS from the field of international development and has worked on development projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Prior to taking over as Director, he worked with the International Center for Research on Women, where he conducted research on women’s economic empowerment. He holds an M.A. in sustainable international development from Brandeis University and a B.A. in global studies form Western Washington University. He is also a nationally certified EMT.

Phone: 206-300-7857


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