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Karey Fuhs
Assistant Director, IPD Study Abroad
(847) 467-6953

Schedule Appointment

This progam is generously supported by the Dr. Kesava Bhogaraju Global Health Fellowship Fund

-Not Open to Non-NU Students-

Location: Arusha, Tanzania
Institution: Collaboration with the University of Dar es Salaam
Term: Summer Quarter (2014 Program Dates: June 23 - August 17)
Program Application Deadline: March 1, 2015
Language Requirement: None
Academic Interests: Global Health, Pre-Med, Research
Academic Prerequisite: 'Qualitative Research Methods in Global Health' or the equivalent


The new Northwestern IPD Field Research in Public Health: Tanzania program engages students in community-driven, faculty-supervised global health research. Northwestern students will collaborate with medical sociology undergraduates from the University of Dar es Salaam to conduct supervised research on critical public health issues in Tanzania’s Arusha region. During the first two weeks on site, students will engage in intensive Swahili language training and visit the program sites, including clinics, health centers, and other Arusha health facilities. After the initial orientation, students will work in teams on a qualitative research projects for the program’s remaining six weeks. Research topics, developed with Tanzanian community leaders, will focus on community-identified high priority health issues. Research will be supervised by Professor Noelle Sullivan, and students will earn two credits.

To be eligible for the program, students must complete Qualitative Research Methods in Global Health or the equivalent prior to the program.


Intensive Beginner Kiswahili Language (1 credit)
This course intends to prime students with a basic command of Swahili, helping them to communicate with their host families, research subjects, and community health partners. The program can offer intensive language tutorials at various levels if participants have prior Swahili knowledge.

Supervised Global Health Research (1 credit)
Supervised research teams of Northwestern and University of Dar es Salaam students will design and implement projects that address Arusha’s pressing health concerns. Students will gain experience in the field application of qualitative research methods and explore ethical issues in qualitative research. Through their projects, seminar discussions, and guided public health site visits, students will engage with the complex landscape of health and healing in Tanzania’s rural and urban environments while confronting the opportunities and challenges of conducting research in a low-income country.


As part of the Supervised Global Health Research in Tanzania course, students will embark on guided visits to sites in Arusha that illustrate the health challenges and accomplishments in the region. Possible visits include: Meru District Hospital, several dispensaries and health centers in more remote areas of the district, a Danish water defluoridation project, an HIV/AIDS health clinic, missionary health centers, and various water sources to illustrate water utilization and pollution issues in Arusha town and nearby villages.


For the majority of the program, students will stay at the Usa River Rehabilitation and Training Center (URRC), which offers a comfortable, fully secured guesthouse with shared rooms, Wi-Fi access and a full kitchen for cooking meals. For one week of the program, small groups of students will live with host families. Students are responsible for the cost of most meals throughout the program.


Summer 2014 Program Fee= $5,000, which includes tuition, program-related excursions, accommodations, and HTH Worldwide Health Insurance. Travel costs, including airfare, are subsidized thanks to generous support from the Dr. Kesava K. Bhogaraju Global Health Fellowship Fund, and admitted students will be designated as Bhogaraju Scholars. Students should also budget approximately $1,000-1,500 for discretionary expenses, including meals, non-program transportation, additional activities, and incidentals. 

Students applying to this program may be eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and for external funding opportunities. Students participating in this program are subject to Withdrawal Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.

For more information about billing, finances, and financial aid for study abroad, please refer to the Money Matters resource page of the Study Abroad Office website or contact Krista Buda Bethel in the Financial Aid Office.