Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Early Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/12/2018 09/06/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Information:

Location Kampala, Uganda
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 13- September 6, 2018
Students are expected to check in the night of August 12 at the Nabacwa Guest House in Kampala.
Estimated Program Fee $5800
Covers 5 credits, housing, most meals, most on-site transportation. Does not cover airplane ticket to Uganda.
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites We will admit undergraduate and graduate students. Students need to have some prior experience with literature reviews and with scientific research methods for investigating their health topic and writing papers.
Program Directors Amy Hagopian |
Bert Stover |
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Extended Application Deadline March 1, 2018
Information Sessions Jan 31 (Wed), 4 pm, Health Sciences wing H, 6th floor conference room: H679
Feb 12 (Monday), noon, Schmitz Hall 450
General Students will pair up to study a public health problem during our month in Uganda. We’ll spend time at Makerere University health sciences campus in the capitol city, then visit health systems in three other cities, and a nature preserve. We’ll pair UW students with Makerere students to help you navigate the city and the health system, and you’ll hear from Makerere faculty.

Program Description

Students will engage in a month-long exploration of what makes people healthy and what undermines health in Uganda.

Students will select one of Uganda’s key health problems and partner with another student to trace back the causes of these health problems to immediate and underlying causes. (We’ll ask students their preferences for health problem, then make pairings.) This program uses a Problem-based Leaning approach where experiences are learner-centered and learner-driven, as opposed to teacher-centered and teacher-directed. This gives you lots of independence, but requires motivation and organization!

Once on site in Uganda, UW students will be matched with students at Makerere University to help you learn more about the health problem. These Makerere students will help UW students explore the causes, manifestations, and treatment available for the health problems. We are especially interested in having students explore health-related living conditions, working conditions, human rights, family income, income distribution, land ownership, and health systems issues.

Your Makerere University student partners will work together with you on your projects; you will visit public places, markets, family homes, and clinics. Students will be expected to keep daily notes, read local newspapers, eat in local restaurants or at the guest house, and otherwise immerse themselves in life in the nation’s capital city.

Lecturers, delivered by both UW and Makerere faculty as well as local health officials and community activists, will address the topics of determinants of health and illness, health and human rights, pathophysiology of high burden illnesses, role of education in health, income and food security in health.

Assignments to include:
The program text is Johanna Crane’s “Scrambling for Africa.”
1) Prior to leaving for Uganda, research and describe your chosen health problem in a 5-page paper. Use UW library resources.
2) Write a memo to the Minister of Health in Uganda about your health problem, proposing a research question and exploratory study design. Due       1 week after arrival.
3) Present your data collection files (interview notes, observation logs, whatever you have) to faculty in one-on-one presentation at start of 4th         week.
4) Two presentations: Work in progress presentation at end of 2nd week and final presentation at the end of 4th week.
5) Final paper due a month after arriving at home.




Kampala, Uganda


Student housing is double-occupancy (with two beds) at Nabacwa Guest House rooms in Kampala, and modest hotel accommodation while traveling away from Kampala. Do not expect a private room.

Meals--typically breakfast and often dinner—when taken at the guest houses & hotels, are covered by the program. Students out during the day on their own cover their own meals. We will also cover some lunches when on the Makerere campus.

We will provide daily transport to and from campus, but incidental transportation around town on your own or with your research partner is at your own expense (fortunately, it’s not expensive). We do not allow riding on “boda boda” motorcycles. Anyone caught on riding on these dangerous vehicles is subject to program termination. .

Field Trips

After two weeks in the capital city, we will travel west to visit the communities of Mbarara, Rwenzuri/Kasese, AND then north to Gulu. We’ll arrange a visit to Murchison Park game park, as well. In each location, we will visit health facilities, talk with local health officials and care givers, and engage with people working or going to school there. We will visit a coffee worker cooperative in Rwenzuri, and last year we were successful in visiting a water treatment plant and a soda pop bottling plant.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

We will admit undergraduate and graduate students. Students need to have some understanding of health research literature for investigating your health topic and writing papers. Traveling in Uganda (navigating public transportation systems), and participating in hospital tours requires the ability to climb stairs.
Graduate students could take this course for independent thesis research. Ask instructors if you are interested in this option.


5 UW Credits


Department of Global Health: GH 490 (jointly listing: GH 590): Public Health Uganda (5 credits).

The U.W.-based faculty, Amy Hagopian and Bert Stover, have worked in Uganda for more than 10 years. We have strong relationship with Professor Sam Luboga, our on-site program director, who has taught in the medical school at Makerere University in Kampala for many years. (The three have worked on multiple research projects together.) Because Uganda was colonized by the British, the primary language in universities and business is English, although local people also speak Luganda.

Learning goals include:
1. Explain the global burden of disease and other threats to health, especially in low-income countries, and identify their proximate and underlying causes.
2. Describe the historical, social, economic, political, geographic and environmental determinants of health in Uganda.
3. Outline the structure of the Ugandan health system, the role of primary health care, and the roles of non-governmental organizations in the health sector.
4. Critique the international aid system in the health sector, and describe alternatives to current practice.
5. Recommend changes to political, educational, health and other systems that would improve health in Uganda.
6. Engage successfully in field work in Uganda, including successfully navigating cultural, language and logistical issues.
7. Work effectively in an interdisciplinary team on a service learning project with a Ugandan partner.



Amy Hagopian, Health Services and Global Health, Program Director

Bert Stover, Health Services, Program Co-Director



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5800

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $2000)
  • Food (about $20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 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.