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Interdisciplinary Global Health Field Course:
Maternal and Infant Health in Morocco

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Interdisciplinary Global Health Field Course:
Maternal and Infant Health in Morocco


This new McMaster interdisciplinary global health field course is open to ALL McMaster undergraduates and will run in Spring term, 2016.  It is designed to provide students with an integrated linguistic, cultural, and historical study of public health in the Islamic North African Country of Morocco.

The focus is on determinants of health—the social, religious, epidemiological, economic, technological, legal, and gender issues that impact birth, pregnancy, women’s health, and the health of newborns and children.  Students learn global health in cultural context, so they also receive intensive language training in Moroccan colloquial Arabic and learn about Islam, history, and anthropology.

This new McMaster program was originally developed by Dr. Ellen Amster, the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, with support from a UISFL U.S. Department of Education grant. It drew students from 8 different universities. It is the first program of its kind in Canada.

  • Open to all McMaster undergraduate students from all programs (Faculty of Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, Engineering, and Science), Level 2, 3, 4.
  • No foreign language knowledge necessary.
  • 6 Units of McMaster University Credits, which can be taken as:

Bachelor of Health Sciences Program credits (3, 6, or up to 15 credits for ELE, see Jen Landicho)



  • 4 weeks in-country in Morocco, plus a week of intensive instruction in public health and global health in Canada.
  • Cost:  $6700 CND plus Mcmaster tuition fees, which are paid to the registrar. (700 dollars per 3 McMaster credits).  *The program cost covers all costs of student airfare and activities in Morocco, meals, lodging, transportation, all instruction and materials in Morocco including the Moroccan Arabic language course, a Moroccan cell phone, guest lectures, site visits, camping, museum visits, computer lab access, homestay with Moroccan family, etc.
  • Dates:  May 3-June 5, 2016 then a final research project is due on July 10.
  • Students will learn Moroccan colloquial Arabic (no prior knowledge necessary).
  • Students will live with Moroccan families in homestays.
  • Application is due February 22, 2016.
  • Payment in full is due no later than March 22, 2016 and is required for participation in the program. 
  • 12 - 16 students will be selected to go on the program.

How to Apply

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

  • McMaster Undergraduate Students in any degree program, all faculties.
  • Students at Levels 2, 3, 4.
  • B Grade point average, minimum.

How to Apply

You must submit all of the following materials no later than February 22, 2016 to Dr. Ellen Amster at the address below:

  • Student Participant Application Form (download from this website, fill out, sign, submit). Due February 22, 2016.
  • Academic Recommendation Form (download from this website, give to a faculty recommender.  Be sure to give the faculty member at least 2 weeks to complete the recommendation). Due February 22, 2016.
  • A Copy of your McMaster Academic Transcript. Due February 22, 2016.
  • A $250.00 CND deposit (non-refundable) cheque made out to “McMaster University” and also submitted to Dr. Amster in CNH 616. Due February 22, 2016.
  • A Photocopy of Your Passport (photo page only). Due February 22, 2016.

Submit all application materials by February 22, 2016 to:

Dr. Ellen Amster

Chester New Hall 616
Department of History
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON  L8S 4L9

Phone:  905-525-9140 ext 24144

These materials must be on time, and all materials must be submitted to constitute a complete application.  Please contact Dr. Amster with any questions. 

Mr. Nathan Coschi, program assistant, will be in touch with you to confirm your completed application.

Prospective students will be notified on or after February 25th, 2016