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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Description:
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 Location Santiago, Chile
 Academic
 Term
Early Fall 2017
August 20 – September 13, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $3,800
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Jaime F. Olavarria
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger | studyabroad@uw.edu
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
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  General We will study the balance between the public and private health systems, between rural and urban medicine and between indigenous and western medicine in Chile.
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Program Description

This seminar focuses on the Public Health system in Chile. Public Health in Chile has undergone important changes reflecting both profound political changes as well as recent health reform initiatives. Medical training and health services have gone from being essentially free just a few decades ago to being largely handled by private, profit-driven institutions. It will be interesting to assess the impact that these changes have had in the training of health professionals and the overall health of all Chileans. It will also be instructive to study the impact that economic as well as geographic factors have on Chilean public health. Chile is a very long and narrow country (as long as U.S.A. is wide), separated from the rest of the world by the colossal Andes to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. While a large portion of the population is concentrated in urban centers, many Chileans live in remote, poor areas with difficult access to urban centers. There is also a steep economic gradient, with a very wealthy minority on one end, a relatively large middle class, and a larger, very poor sector on the other end.

We will study the balance between the public and private health systems, between rural and urban medicine and between indigenous and western medicine. We will observe how health services compare in large cities and remote areas as well as in wealthy and poor communities. In general, we will assess the efficacy of current efforts aimed at reforming public health programs and policies, as well as the measures that are being considered to address both existing and potential problems. In addition to general care we will focus on maternal and infant care, as well as mental health, and we will learn about efforts to do away with mental hospitals and instead integrate patients back into their families and society. We will also interact with indigenous communities, including Mapuches or Huilliches, inhabitants of Central and Southern Chile, respectively, and learn about their efforts toward maintaining their traditional culture and medical practices based on herbs and natural foods. Students may have the rare opportunity of interacting with Machis (Mapuche healers) or Huilliche healers. Housing will include several days and nights at indigenous homestays.

We will visit three or four main areas in Chile, spending approximately 7 days or less in each. One area is Santiago, the capital, another area is in the lake region in southern Chile, with Villarrica, Temuco, Pucon as major urban centers, and the third area includes Puerto Montt and Chiloe Island. Health professionals from the oldest and most prestigious universities in Chile, including The University of Chile, and The Catholic University of Chile, will offer lectures and discussion sessions. Our health instructors will include Medical Doctors (Epidemiologists, Psychiatrists, Family Practitioners, etc.), Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Midwives and Public Health Officials. Instruction time will consist of classroom work (theoretical presentations, formal and informal discussions), but most of the time will be spent in field activities, including visits to remote regions that have modest or infrequent local health services. Students will have the opportunity of interacting with health professionals, health personnel, patients and local inhabitants.

This seminar is aimed at students interested in health issues with potential global impact, and provides an unique opportunity to students intending to become medical doctors, epidemiologists, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, public health officials, social workers, etc. However, students pursuing other disciplines are also considered if they show genuine interest in what this seminar offers in Chile.

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Location

Santiago, Chile

Sites

Santiago, Villarrica/Temuco/Pucon, Chiloe Island

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Housing

Primary housing will be hotels and cabins. In some rural areas, housing will include several days and nights at indigenous homestays.

Academics

Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This seminar is aimed at undergraduate and graduate UW students. While no specific majors or prior experience are required, an ideal student for this program would be one who is interested in health-related issues with potential global impact, and in indigenous cultures. This program offers a unique opportunity to students intending to become medical doctors, epidemiologists, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, public health officials, social workers, anthropologists, etc. However, students pursuing other disciplines are also considered if they show genuine interest in what this seminar offers in Chile.

No specific course work prior to the seminar is required. Acceptance will be based on a written application and interview. The selected group is expected to be as diverse and balanced as possible regarding gender, ethnicity, and academic interests. In addition, students are expected to show genuine interest in an abroad experience, be enthusiastic, capable of interacting with other students and of forming a cohesive and unified group. Classes will be taught either directly in English, or translated from Spanish into English. Spanish language proficiency is not required, however, an introductory Spanish course is highly recommended.

In rural locations, some walking and trekking in rough and muddy terrain will be required. This seminar takes place during the Chilean winter, and very cold and rainy days can be experienced, especially in southern Chile. In addition to bad weather conditions, the comfort zones of students will be challenged by living a few days/nights in indigenous homestays, which may lack heating, hot water and other amenities that students commonly find in their homes.

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Credits

5 Credits

Courses

PSYCH 448 or JSIS 396 (5 credits)

Grading will be based primarily on:

  1. A pre-departure paper on a health related topic relevant to Washington State, or the United States. While in Chile, students may present their paper as part of classroom activities.
  2. Overall participation and enthusiasm: The following will be considered. On-time attendance to scheduled activities (this includes on time boarding of the bus). Interest and participation, as shown by questions asked during talks and visits to clinics, etc. Attitude shown by students towards instructors and staff (American as well as Chilean), students (fellow Americans as well as Chilean), patients and general public.
  3. Outline of experiences during the program: at various points during the program, students will submit outlines of their experiences and discuss these outlines with instructor. It is expected that writing and discussing these outlines will help students write their final paper.
  4. A Final paper/activity summarizing the seminar experiences. This paper/activity is expected to be a detailed, thoughtful account of the entire trip. Students are asked to critically analyze and evaluate major aspects of public health services in Chile.


Learning Goals: 

The learning goals and objectives include:

  1. Assessing the impact that the changes in Public Health have had in the training of health professionals and the overall health of all Chileans.
  2. Assessing the impact that economic as well as geographic factors have had on Chilean Public Health.
  3. Comparing Public Health services in urban and remote areas as well as in wealthy and poor communities.
  4. Assess the efficacy of current efforts aimed at reforming public health programs and policies, as well as the measures that are being considered to address both existing and potential problems.
  5. Evaluating the state of mental health care in the overall Chilean health picture.
  6. Interacting with Mapuche and Huilliche indigenous communities to learn about their efforts toward maintaining their traditional culture and medical practices.
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Program Directors & Staff

Jaime F. Olavarria, Department of Psychology, Program Director

Jaime F. Olavarria, born in Chile, is currently a professor in the Psychology Department at UW. After graduating from the University of Chile's School of Medicine in 1974, he earned a doctorate in Neurobiology from the University of California at Berkeley. He has offered this Exploration Seminar every year since 2008, and has progressively enriched his program by enlisting the participation of different health professionals and by arranging visits to a large variety of hospitals and clinics in major cities, as well as in remote and indigenous regions of Chile. In 2008, Professor Olavarria was honored with the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.

Jaime@uw.edu

Program Expenses

Cost: $3,800

Estimated Program Fee of $3,800, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $20-50/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $1,600* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,800 October 13, 2017
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $4,150 -

Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing studyabroad@uw.edu.

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Visas

UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/index.htm

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.