Global Health in Thailand

A group of student studying abroad

Global Health in Thailand: Humans, Elephants, & Disease

The Global Health in Thailand: Humans, Elephants & Disease is a 3 credit winter break program, and combines two weeks in Thailand with 7 classes, one hour each week, Jan-March. This class, led by health professionals, looks at the relationship between human health and animal health – with a particular focus on tuberculosis in elephants and humans. In Thailand students will visit elephant camps, and learn about the transmission of TB from human to elephant as well as elephant to human. Back in the US, students will meet weekly for seven weeks to further explore TB in Minnesota, hearing from health experts who are actively working on both TB and drug-resistant TB. Finally students will have an opportunity to explore the role that culture plays in zoonotic diseases including discussions of other zoonotic diseases such as ebola, Hantavirus, avian influenza, ovine spongiform encephalitis, rabies and many others.

For all the details, including how to apply, visit the U of M Learning Abroad Center website for this course at