Maternal and Child Health: Peru

The George Mason and Origins of Food Maternal and Child Health: Peru program is a 16 day, 3 semester credit summer program that explores healthcare around coastal and highland Peru.


This program intends to explore Peru’s history of traditional medicine and its transition to modern healthcare through the lens of maternal health. Over the course of two weeks, we will witness the variety of healthcare services and how they affect different parts of the population depending on wealth, geography, and social class. From private urban hospitals to rural clinics, we will meet with doctors, specialists, and healthcare workers to discuss the realities of health for Peruvians. Taking it further outside the classroom, we'll get our hands dirty at an organic farm that produces traditional herbal remedies and embark on a journey through the Andes that culminates at the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

Across this program we will compare the vast differences between health care and access along the urban, modern Peruvian coast, including the capital of Lima, to the rural towns around Cusco, where the Quechua population follows more traditional medicine practices.

This program is run in conjunction with George Mason University's Study Abroad office and Department of Global and Community Health.


Semester / Dates

Summer 2020

May 23rd, 2020 - June 7th, 2020

Deadline for Application

Please contact us or Andrew Miller at the GMU Global Education Office for deadline information. The trip is still open.

Academic Credit

Receive 3 Academic Credits!

Through our partnership with GMU, we are proud to offer a program that joins service learning with academic learning outside of the classroom. 

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