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Community Health Nursing in Oaxaca, Mexico

Designed specifically for OCU nursing students, the Community Health Nursing program in Oaxaca will allow students to gain international clinical experience while also learning about historic and indigenous sites in central Mexico.

The New York Times recently called Oaxaca “One of the most scenically beautiful, historically interesting and simply enjoyable cities south of the border.”

The program, led by Professors Pam Melson and Beth Pitman, satisfies the required clinical and service hours for OCU’s Community Health Nursing course. The course includes a homestay, some traditional meals, lectures and activities about community health practices and traditions.

Students will learn about traditional medicine in Oaxaca’s botanical gardens, visit the indigenous Zapotec village to learn about local traditions and healthcare practices, and see the Monte Alban archaeological site. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Centro Calpulli Education and Art Center, which is located in an under-served area of the city.

Eligible students must enroll in either the Fall 2020 Community Health 4104 (Traditional BSN) course OR Servant Leadership 3703 (ADN to BSN) course.

Nursing students Vanessa Day and Monica Storozyszyn share experiences about studying in Oaxaca with Professor Boeck.

Quick Facts

Faculty Leader: Professors Pam Melson and Beth Pitman

Dates: August 4, 2020 through August 11, 2020

Location: Oaxaca City, Mexico

Accommodations: Homestay families with two to three students at each homestay. Most meals included.

Credit: Satisfies the clinical hours and service learning requirement for Community Health Nursing.

Program Fee

Program fee: TBD

Includes round-trip group airfare from Oklahoma City, excursions, accommodation, most meals, and ground transportation.

What's not included:

Some meals and an international phone plan (which may be included in your existing plan).

Nonrefundable study abroad application fee ($75)

See the detailed Cost Estimate for this Program.

Application Dates

Application Opens: February 20, 2020

Application Closes: April 1, 2020

Payment Deadlines

$75 nonrefundable application fee is charged at the time application is made.

$350 nonrefundable deposit is due at time of acceptance to hold your place on this program.

Balance due by TBD


Why Oaxaca?