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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

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Location Kathmandu, Nepal
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 21- September 11, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $3,450
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites No prerequisites. GH101, GH201 or BIOEN215 are recommended.
Program Directors Karen Thickman | thickman@uw.edu
Biraj Karmacharya | birajmk@uw.edu
Rishav Shrestha | shrestha@ku.edu.np
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Spring Quarter – times to be determined by student availability
HIGHLIGHTS
General In this program you will to explore engineering solutions to global health challenges in Nepal. Working with doctors, health workers, and Nepalese students, you will use the engineering design process to identify and clarify technological needs to improve health care delivery.
 

Program Description

Technologies for Improving Global Health
Students in this course will explore the needs of medical workers in Nepal. Through shadowing of clinicians in both Dhulikhel Hospital and affiliated medical outreach centers, students will define technological needs to improve health care delivery in three focus areas: cardiovascular health and disease prevention, infectious disease diagnosis and prevention, and accident and trauma care. In addition to the course work, students will have an opportunity to explore and live in Nepal. Through group excursions, students will explore the cultural heritage of this diverse country at the crossroads of the world.

This 3-week program, developed in conjunction with Kathmandu University, provides UW students an opportunity to explore engineering solutions to problems in global health. UW students will observe different medical settings in Nepal and interact with medical professionals to identify and clarify their technological needs to improve health care delivery. Alongside engineering students from Kathmandu University, students will identify the constraints and criteria of a potential engineering solution to at least one problem identified. In addition to the engineering challenges of the problems, students will consider other challenges to implementing potential solutions. Students will present the results of their work both in a written repot and a presentation given to members of the medical staff of Dhulikhel Hospital and Engineering faculty and students at Kathmandu University while in Nepal. Upon return to Seattle, students will present again to the faculty and students of the University of Washington.

 

LOCATION

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Kathmandu, Nepal

Sites

Dhulikel
- Kathmandu University and Dhulikhel Hospital will act as hosts for most of the time in Nepal.
Bolde Health Center
- Group will travel to Bolde Health Center to observe a rural clinic to identify health challenges.
Kathmandu
- At the end of the trip, we will spend a few days in Kathmandu before our return to Seattle

Housing

Dhulikhel Portions: Dhulikhel Eco Resort
(http://www.dhulikhelecoresort.com/rooms.php)
This is a commercial hotel that is 1.5 miles from the university and hospital. It has sufficient rooms for the students and faculty to stay in the same location. Meals, breakfast and dinner, are available through the hotel and will be paid for together for all students. Students will stay in double rooms with a roommate.

Bolde Health Center Portion: Health Center Housing
Students and program co-directors and staff will stay at the Health Center. There is a dormitory facility there with electricity and water. It has been used by other groups of students, including international students. There are also classroom facilities there we will use. Meals will be available through the health center kitchen.

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

No prerequisites. GH101, GH201 or BIOEN215 are recommended.

Walking will be required during the field visits. Dhulikhel and Kathmandu do not have extensive accessibility for those with limited mobility. Some of the excursions to cultural sites will require walking or trekking.

Students must be physically fit and should be able to walk up/down steep hills during the hot/humid/rainy monsoon season for multiple hours a day. Students must be comfortable living in a resource-limited setting and must be ready to live with limited access to electricity, internet, and hot water. Students must demonstrate flexibility with program expectations. Students must also be in good academic standing, as determined by the UW Study Abroad policy.

Credits

5 UW Credits

Courses

BIOEN 498 (offered jointly- BIOEN599): Technologies for Improving Global Health (5 Credits)

Students in this course will explore the needs of medical workers in Nepal. Through shadowing of clinicians in both Dhulikhel Hospital and affiliated medical outreach centers, students will define technological needs to improve health care delivery in three focus areas: cardiovascular health and disease prevention, infectious disease diagnosis and prevention, and accident and trauma care. In addition to the course work, students will have an opportunity to live in and explore Nepal. Through group excursions, students will explore the cultural heritage of this diverse country at the crossroads of the world.

This 3-week program, developed in conjunction with Kathmandu University, provides UW students an opportunity to explore engineering solutions to problems in global health. UW students will observe different medical settings in Nepal and interact with medical professionals to identify and clarify their technological needs to improve health care delivery. Alongside engineering students from Kathmandu University, students will identify the constraints and criteria of a potential engineering solution to at least one problem identified. In addition to the engineering challenges of the problems, students will consider other challenges to implementing potential solutions. Students will present the results of their work both in a written repot and a presentation given to members of the medical staff of Dhulikhel Hospital and Engineering faculty and students at Kathmandu University while in Nepal. Upon return to Seattle, students will present again to the faculty and students of the University of Washington.

Learning goals include:
1. Observe and interact with medical professionals in a variety of different settings with professionalism
2. Use active listening techniques to understand the diverse perspectives of different stakeholders
3. Work with team members from different cultural backgrounds to generate set of criteria that reflect all perspectives
4. Generate and maintain excellent notes on observations and interactions
5. Define clearly and specifically a global health problem that has the potential to be solved with an engineering solution
6. Develop criteria and constraints for a potential solution to a global health problem
7. Present engineering in global health problem statements in written and oral formats to diverse audiences
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PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Karen Thickman, Department of Bioengineering, Program Director

Dr. Karen Thickman, the Bioengineering co-director, is a lecturer in Bioengineering. She has taught undergraduates at multiple universities for eight years. She traveled to Nepal in summer 2017 with a GIF grant to explore and grow connections between KU and UW. She currently teaches courses in an online professional master’s program and in the undergraduate program. These include the undergraduate capstone course, a course in genomics and genomic technologies that is taught to undergraduate and graduate students, and online courses in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathophysiology. She has published multiple scientific and pedagogical practice papers. She is excited to lead this study abroad!
thickman@uw.edu

Biraj Karmacharya, Department of Global Health, Program Co-Director

Dr. Biraj M Karmacharya received his PhD (Epidemiology, 2015) and MPH (Global Health: Leadership, Policy and Management, 2017) from the University of Washington. He completed Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Kathmandu University, Nepal and MSc (Tropical Medicine) from Mahidol University, Thailand. In 2006, he founded and has led the Department of Community Programs at Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University, Nepal. In this position, he has been deeply involved in developing and setting up innovative community based health endeavors in rural Nepal. He is a co-PI of the recently launched Dhulikhel Heart Study, which is a population-based longitudinal cohort study on cardiovascular diseases and risk factors in Nepal. He also co-founded and co-directed the Nepal Studies Initiative at the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies. He is currently Chief of the Department of Community Programs at Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University Hospital and also holds a faculty position (Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine) at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences. He has been a co-director of other UW Study Abroad programs and is looking forward to leading this new one.
birajmk@uw.edu

Rishav Shrestha, Kathmandu Unviersity, School of Engineering, Program Staff

Dr. Rishav Shrestha is a new member of the Kathmandu University faculty who is building a Bioengineering program at KU. His research background is in nanotechnology for disease detection. Dr. Shrestha will work with the UW and KU students to help develop engineering criteria for the global health problems identified.
shrestha@ku.edu.np

FINANCES

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Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $3,450

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 - $1,500-1800)
  • Food (about $30/day for 8 days)
  • 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.

Scholarships

  • 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 goglobal@uw.edu 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 CONSIDERATIONS

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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.

Orientation

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.

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. 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: 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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.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 $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.