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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Engineering, Public Health Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 3400 UW Program Director: Barry Lutz, Biraj Karmacharya
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger UW Program Staff Email: birajmk@uw.edu, blutz@uw.edu
Program Information:

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Location Nepal (multiple locations near Kathmandu)
Academic Term Early Fall
August 27 - September 20
Estimated Program Fee $3,850
Credits 5
Prerequisites No prerequisites. GH101, GH201 or BIOEN215 are recommended. Students may be selected for the program based on coursework they have taken at UW. Preference will be given to students that have demonstrated an interest in engineering and global health. There is no language requirement. All courses will be in English. Observations and communication with individuals who do not speak English will be facilitated by a translator and/or the local coordinators. Students must also be in good academic standing, as determined by the UW Study Abroad policy.
Program Directors Barry Lutz | blutz@uw.edu
Biraj Karmacharya birajmk@uw.edu
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Information Sessions Thursday January 24th 5-6pm & Monday January 28th 5-6pm in the Foeege Building (Bioengineering) - additional sessions can be scheduled if needed (contact blutz@uw.edu)
HIGHLIGHTS
General What are the major health problems in Nepal? Where might new technologies help? Students will work within teams understand health problems and create product definitions that engineers can use to create new technology solutions.
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Program Description

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 and Dhulikhel Hospital, provides UW students an opportunity to explore the 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 report 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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Nepal (multiple locations near Kathmandu)

Housing

Dhulikhel: Students and Dr. Lutz will stay at the Dhulikhel Eco Resort (http://www.dhulikhelecoresort.com/rooms.php) 1.5 miles from Kathmandu University and Dhulikhel Hospital. Students will share rooms with other students from UW, and faculty will stay in separate rooms at the same hotel. Meals are covered in the program fees: breakfast and dinner will be served by the hotel, and lunch will typically be taken at the Dhulikhel Hospital cafeteria. Sanskrita Farms (village site): The group will say in small dormitory-like units in a central location on the farm housing 3-6 people each. Medical Outreach Center: The group will stay at the dormitory facility at the Center, which has primitive accommodations, and meals will be served through the health center kitchen. Kathmandu: the group will stay at hotels with typical amenities.

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

No prerequisites. GH101, GH201 or BIOEN215 are recommended. Students may be selected for the program based on coursework they have taken at UW. Preference will be given to students that have demonstrated an interest in engineering and global health. There is no language requirement. All courses will be in English. Observations and communication with individuals who do not speak English will be facilitated by a translator and/or the local coordinators. Students must also be in good academic standing, as determined by the UW Study Abroad policy. Significant walking will be required during the field visits and excurstion. 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.

Credits

5 UW Quarter Credits

Courses

BIOEN 498: Bioengineering Nepal: 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 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 and Dhulikhel Hospital, provides UW students an opportunity to explore the 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 report 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:
Through this course, you will be able to: Observe and interact with medical professionals in a variety of different settings with professionalism; Use active listening techniques to understand the diverse perspectives of different stakeholders; Research health problems to understand their relative importance; Work with team members from different cultural backgrounds to generate set of criteria that reflect stakeholder perspectives; Define clearly and specifically a global health problem that has the potential to be improved by an engineered product; Develop criteria and constraints for a potential solution to a global health problem; Present engineering in global health problem statements in written and oral formats to diverse audiences

 



 

 


 

 


 

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Barry Lutz
Associate Professor, Bioengineering


blutz@uw.edu

Biraj Karmacharya
Associate Professor, Global Health


birajmk@uw.edu

 

 

FINANCES

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Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $3,850

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 - $1,600)
  • Food (about $23/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019

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 Study Abroad 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.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  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. Below 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 online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. 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 you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 application 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 withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

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