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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 Crystal Westmoreland, 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 underserved area of the city.

Eligible students must enroll in the Spring 2020 Community Health Nursing 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 Crystal Westmoreland

Dates: March 15, 2020 through March 21, 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: $2,600

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: October 10, 2019

Application Closes: December 15, 2019 (or earlier if enrollment limit is reached)

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 January 13, 2020.


  • Some state and federal aid, generally in the form of student loans, may be available for eligible students.

Why Oaxaca?