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  • Locations: Altiplano, Peru; Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru; Maska, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hostel, Other
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Area of Study: Women and Gender Studies, Global and Community Health
Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Maternal Child Health

Peru, Summer 2018

Maternal Child Health Peru
Peru has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, has recently been recognized as an international culinary destination, and contains the most popular tourism site in all of South America: Machu Picchu. The country has also made huge strides in combating child and maternal mortality and improving reproductive health. Despite these advances, there are still huge disparities between rural and urban, indigenous and non-indigenous, poor and non-poor. This course explores these disparities in reproductive and maternal child health in Peru.

We will begin our exploration of this topic in the capital city of Lima, an urban metropolis on the Pacific Ocean where the extremes of healthcare in the country can be witnessed first-hand. Our time in Lima will include hospital visits, meetings with healthcare practitioners, academics and med school students, cultural activities and a visit to Pachacutec, a shantytown two hours north of Lima defined by urban poverty and deep social inequality. From Lima we will fly to Cusco, the historic city resting at an altitude of 11,000 feet. In Cusco we'll explore the traditional Andean way of life, from the cobblestone streets of the Incan capital to remote farming villages in the surrounding Sacred Valley. We will explore, in person, Peru’s wide spectrum of health services, from a first-class city hospital to the more minimal levels of healthcare in the remote highland towns. We’ll learn how the government has incorporated traditional birthing techniques with modern practices, and how they’ve implemented a promotor system of grassroots communication and basic medical services. We’ll also experience sustainable agricultural methods, authentic Peruvian cuisine and absorb as much Incan culture as possible. Beyond the mental challenges, we’ll push ourselves physically as we hike three days through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu to get the best view of the ancient city in the clouds. Get ready for thrilling heights and views that will take your breath away!

Program Highlights

  • See global health in action as you learn about Maternal Child Health in a country that has made great strides in this area
  • Experience Peru's culture in all its diversity and beauty
  • Enjoy the great outdoors as we go on a three day hike that ends in a visit to Machu Picchu


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Minimum undergraduate GPA: 2.25
Minimum graduate GPA: 3.0

Please Note: Students are required to attend an information session before they can be accepted to the program.
Information Session Schedule (2018):

  • February 6, 2-3 pm, JC Room B
  • February 8, 3-4 pm, JC Room A
  • February 12, 12-1 pm, HUB VIP 2
  • February 15, 5-6 pm, JC Room E
  • Feb 21, 3-4 pm, JC Room B
  • Feb 22, 1-2 pm, JC Room E


3 credits

Students will choose one three credit course during the application process.

Course Options


  • Global and Community Health- GCH 491: Study Abroad in Public Health
  • Women and Gender Studies- WMST 390: Study Abroad


  • Global and Community Health- GCH 591: Study Abroad in Public Health
  • Women and Gender Studies- WMST 695: Internship

Program Dates*

May 27 - June 16, 2018



Days 1-5 Arrival and in-country orientation
  • Visits to Pachacutec and Lugar de Memoria Museum
  • MedLife lecture and tour
  • Tour of Lima health facilities (multiple facilities visited, so this will take a couple days)
  • Student exchange
Days 6-8 Maska
  • Permaculture workshop
  • Visits to health facilities and maternal house
  • Hike, medicinal herbs and cuy workshops
Days 9-12 Cusco
  • City tour, visit to health facilities
  • Day trip to Corimarca to visit health promotion projects
  • Hospital visits
  • Market visit/day trip to Chincheros to learn about textiles
Days 13-15  Altiplano Region
  • Traditional medicine workshop
  • Visits to hospital and maternal house
  • Lunch at artisan's village
Days 16-18 Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 19 Visit to Machu Picchu
Day 20-21 Return to Cusco
Program reflection
Students depart
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2018: $3,930

Included: Tuition for 3 credits,  accommodations (hostels, adobe huts and camping), in country transportation, visits/tours/excursions as described in itinerary, all meals, 4-day lares hike to Machu Picchu, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 11, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 8, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Required Information Session:  Students are required to attend an information session before they can be accepted to the program. Information Session Schedule (2018):

  • February 6, 2-3 pm, JC Room B
  • February 8, 3-4 pm, JC Room A
  • February 12, 12-1 pm, HUB VIP 2
  • February 15, 5-6 pm, JC Room E
  • Feb 21, 3-4 pm, JC Room B
  • Feb 22, 1-2 pm, JC Room E

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Corrie Paeglow
Name Corrie Paeglow
Phone 703-993-3342

GEO Program Officer

  Denise Elles-Mdahuar Photo
Name Denis Elles-Mdahaur
Phone 703-993-2155
  Make an appointment



Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.