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Location Harare, Zimbabwe
Academic Term Summer Quarter (B-Term) 2018
July 19- August 17, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $6,400
Credits 17 UW credits
Prerequisites HIV/AIDS: Issues and Challenges (strongly recommended), or an equivalent college-level HIV/AIDS Course with approval by the instructors. If students have not taken the “HIV/AIDS: Issues and Challenges” class, they will need to share syllabi of HIV/AIDS courses taken, and meet with the instructors to share equivalent experiences and get approval.
Program Directors Danuta Kasprzyk; Daniel Montaño; Kathy McCarty
Program Manager Ruby Machado |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions Information sessions will be 12/6 in the Honors Suite Seminar Room, 12/12 in MGH 206, and 1/12 in MGH 206

Three two-hour sessions will also be held during Spring Quarter for students accepted to the program. Attendance is required. Sessions will likely be held at 6:00pm-8:00pm, so will include pizza. Final scheduling of sessions will be determined by Doodle poll among students accepted to the program.
General A unique opportunity to view population health in practice, this Zimbabwe immersion experience will allow evolving learners interested in global health careers to have a first-hand experience with public health, implementation science, and clinical care practices in institutional and community settings.

Program Description

As a follow-on to “HIV/AIDS: Issues and Challenges” Honors Course Spring 2018 (Honors 222A/GH490B), we will lead students on a study abroad program to observe our work with our Zimbabwe public health research and implementation team, health care services and implementation research and evaluation offered by a Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care provincial medical directorate. Our program, Zichire, is a part of the Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe. The Ministry of Health and Child Care Provincial Medical Directorate of the Matabeleland North Province will lead students through observations of research, evaluation, and health services in their province. A core component of this study abroad program is learning how public health research is translated to policies impacting population health in a lower-middle income country. Students will learn about and observe research, evaluation and implementation of public health programs, and clinical care programs all focused on improving population health.

Students will attend a one week seminar, on site at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, in Harare, Zimbabwe. Lectures will be the basis of observations in the field and clinic settings. They will cover diverse topics such as: clinical care training and services of 'western' and traditional health care practices, public health field epidemiology, public health research, implementation science, community-based health program implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community and clinical programs. In addition, policy and health discussions led by Ministry of Health and Child Care colleagues, College of Health Sciences faculty, and UW professors will be conducted. Lectures will be focused on how one achieves population health via an integrated policy, research, evaluation, and care framework. Students will then observe this population health approach in action. Students will observe field activities in Harare and surrounding areas of the Zichire research and implementation team, and in two field settings (Bulawayo and Chidamoyo). During weeks two and three, students will be divided into two groups, which will be 'attached' to observe practitioners in each of two sites in consecutive order: 1) provincial medical services implementation and policy research (Provincial Medical Directorate and the Field Epidemiology Program); and 3) clinical primary care practice (Chidamoyo Hospital).

Student experiences will be documented in daily reflections, and in blogs or portfolios. Students will provide a final presentation of their learning and experiences in Zimbabwe. Honors students will document their experiences in their Honors Learning Portfolios.



Harare, Zimbabwe


Harare, Zimbabwe, and surrounding areas; Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and Matabeleland North Province; Chidamoyo Hospital, Karoi, Zimbabwe.


Students will be housed in a private guest lodge setting in Harare, Zimbabwe for the first week of their program. It was selected based on its guaranteed security and full-meal plans available. Students will then travel to the two field sites. In one site, students will stay in Ministry of Health housing (lodge) affiliated with the rural hospital (Chidamoyo). In the second site, students will stay in a private guest lodge, about five kilometers from the Provincial Medical Director's office in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

HIV/AIDS: Issues and Challenges (strongly recommended), or an equivalent college-level HIV/AIDS Course and approval by the instructors. If students have not taken the “HIV/AIDS: Issues and Challenges” class, they will need to share syllabi of college-level HIV/AIDS courses taken, meet with the instructors to share equivalent experiences, and get approval. Visas: Yes: Tourist/student visas are required. The University of Zimbabwe, Zichire Program will facilitate visas. Students will purchase visas at the Harare airport upon entry to Zimbabwe. All activities are conducted in English, though students will receive cultural appropriateness training, including some basic language skills in the two main languages in Zimbabwe.


17 UW credits (5 credits for HIV/AIDS: Issues and Challenges – Spring Quarter) (12 credits for ZimPHiA program course)


Honors 391: Population Health in Action: Research and Implementation in Zimbabwe (5 Credits)

This course takes a population health perspective, discussing whether health is a 'human right', and if so, how one sets up health systems and involve the community to ensure health for individuals. The experience will examine the population health approach in action in clinic and community settings, and will link implementation science in heath programs to health in Zimbabwe. Students will learn about high prevalence diseases including HIV/AIDS as well as non-communicable disease in Zimbabwe. A comparative reflective model of learning will investigate policy and implementation as well as funding models for public health practices in Zimbabwe, and other countries in Africa, and the U.S.

Learning goals include:
Students will be provided a background in public health and clinical care data driven practices; given an understanding of infectious diseases and how they spread and are controlled; will gain an understanding of evidence-based intervention implementation in community and primary care settings; and will compare public health and primary care models in Africa and the U.S. Students will be assessed on participation, discussions, daily journaling, and a presentation that will be a summary of experiences presented to University of Zimbabwe and UW faculty and fellow students.

Honors 221: Ethical Research Fundamentals in Internships (using your knowledge) (5 Credits)

This course is based on directed experiential learning and will be facilitated by the UW instructors, University of Zimbabwe ZiCHIRe Program coordinators, and Ministry of Health and Child Care clinic and community partners. Students will shadow practitioners in three settings in consecutive order. First, students will shadow public health research and implementation activities in Harare, with the University of Zimbabwe Department of Community Medicine Zichire team. Then students will be divided into two groups, with groups 'attached' to shadow practitioners in one of two sites in consecutive order: 1) provincial medical directorate officers in public health field epidemiology practice in Bulawayo; and 3) clinical primary care practice in a rural hospital setting, in Chidamoyo, Zimbabwe.

Learning goals include:
Students will gain a first-hand experiential understanding of population health approaches in a lower-middle income country. They will learn about public health research; public health field epidemiology practice; and clinical care practices. Students will reflect on their learning in the classroom, their learning within community health care organizations, and their own experiences with the health care system. In addition, more specially, students will gain a comparative understanding of population health approaches in comparison to our US-individual-based payer/payee system approach. Students will be exposed to population health practices globally.


Honors 391: Reflecting on Community Internships (2 Credits)

This course is the reflective write up of the experiences students are engaged in with the community. Students will document their coursework and internships in their portfolios, including the Honors Portfolio, and will use the portfolio to present their experience in the larger community in Zimbabwe (as well as when they return to the U.S.). Students will journal their experiences daily, which will be checked off by course instructors. Students will present their lessons learned at the end of the course in Zimbabwe to a Zimbabwean and UW audience.

Learning goals include:
Reflect on their experiences in Zimbabwe; documentation of their reflections, coursework, discussions, and community engagement; integrate their learning during, and post Zimbabwe, and engage in comparative model of reflection. Synthesis of experiences and learning related to population health approaches, health equity, community health practices, and primary care clinical practices. DIV

Honors 222 (Joint Listing-GH 490): HIV/AIDS: Issues and Challenges (5 Credits)

Students will be encouraged to take this course during Spring Quarter 2018, UW Seattle campus. This course outlines the global challenges of HIV/AIDS and efforts to control AIDS epidemics. Students will also learn about the Zimbabwe AIDS epidemic.

Students will provide thoughts bi-weekly on current events related to course lecture topics. Participation in class discussions is also a part of course requirements.

Students will be required to write a 15 page research paper focused on the Sustainable Development Goals, set in 2015 ( to be achieved by 2030. Students will choose a lower or middle-income country and describe what their country's Health Goal is, and how it applies to the in-country AIDS epidemic. As part of SDGs, countries have committed to a 90-90-90 target for their AIDS epidemics. Students will summarize the current in-country AIDS epidemic in terms of its epidemiology (disease transmission and spread) and compare it to the epidemic in that country in 2000. Students will describe in-country HIV/AIDS evidence-based prevention and treatment (medical/clinical and/or behavioral), and social or economic programs that were designed to reduce the in-country AIDS epidemic. Students will then document the evidence on how their country is progressing in its 90-90-90 goals, and explain whether and why they think their chosen country will or will not achieve its 90-90-90 goal by 2030. Students will provide documented evidence from research literature, WHO/UNAIDS/CDC/USAID reports, as well as in-country Ministry of Health reports to back up their explanations.

Learning goals include:
To learn about the causes and effects of HIV/AIDS globally and locally in particular countries; to understand HIV/AIDS-related public health practice and how it translates to policy; to understand research and data driven clinical practices in HIV/AIDS care clinic sites. Understand behavior change program implementation and evaluation of prevention and care programs. Diversity DIV



Danuta Kasprzyk, Family & Child Nursing, Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Global Health, Program Director

Dr. Kasprzyk, Research Professor, spent six years as faculty at the UW, School of Nursing. She then moved to Battelle for over 20 years for a career in public health research focused on infectious and chronic disease prevention and evaluation of health programs in the US and internationally. The primary driver in her research has been to determine what motivates behavior, so programs can be built to encourage healthy behaviors, whether via primary or secondary prevention. She co-developed the Integrated Behavioral Model and has used it extensively to predict and change behavior, building effective prevention programs. In 2000, with colleagues, she formed the Zichire Program, at the University of Zimbabwe Department of Community Medicine, to conduct public health research and intervention implementation.

Daniel Montaño, Family & Child Nursing, Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Global Health, Co-Director

Dr. Montaño has over 30 years of experience conducting health behavior and primary care research, including investigation of factors affecting health behaviors, assessment of health behaviors, and evaluation of behavior change interventions. He is an internationally recognized expert in attitude measurement, behavioral theory, and research to design communication for behavior change. Dr. Montaño co-developed the Integrated Behavioral Model. Much of his work has been in HIV/STD prevention and cancer screening behaviors. Dr. Montaño has conducted studies with primary care clinicians and patients, large-scale community-based studies, and national and regional surveys of clinicians. Most of his research includes both qualitative and quantitative methods. He has collaborated on research in Zimbabwe for over 17 years.

Kathy McCarty, Family & Child Nursing, On-site Coordinator

Ms. McCarty is an advanced practice nurse practitioner who is the ‘sister-in-charge’ at Chidamoyo Hospital in Zimbabwe. She has practiced in Zimbabwe for over 30 years and now runs the hospital. With her advance practice degree, Ms. McCarty started treating AIDS patients in New York in the early 1990s at the very beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Her connection to Chidamoyo started as a volunteer experience, and Zimbabwe captured her heart. Ms. McCarty has many years of experience mentoring students interested in clinical health careers from Europe and the US. She has a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Kathy runs the Chidamoyo Hospital blog:



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $6,400

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
  • Food
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $2,800)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad 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 online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

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:

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


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.