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  • Locations: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Iringa, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
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Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: African American and African Studies, Anthropology, Arts and Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Biostatistics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Comparative Studies, Education and Human Ecology (College of), Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Geography, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Health Behavior and Health Promotion, Health Services Management and Policy, History, Human Dimensions of Environment, Humanities, International Studies, Medicine, Molecular Genetics, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB), Nursing, Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: 4W3 Four Week Session 3 Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: History, Microbiology, Public Health
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Louise Yahiaoui
Program Description:
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Program Tanzania Impact HIV tab 1

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the real world impact of—and response to—HIV/AIDS. Aimed at students in the sciences and the humanities, this course combines academic and experiential learning in Tanzania to introduce students to fundamental history and microbiology concepts as they relate to the local HIV epidemic. Tanzania has suffered disproportionately from HIV, but has also taken important steps to address the epidemic. During this four-week course, students will study the language (Swahili), history, and culture of East Africa, all in the context of the public health response to HIV.

What will students do? Learn about anticolonial resistance movements, medical research in East Africa, and effects of development in historical perspective. Speak Swahili and read English-language novels about HIV set in Tanzania. Study infectious diseases, tropical medicine, basic microscopy techniques, and the pharmacology of HIV. Read academic papers about HIV research in Tanzania and meet the clinicians, epidemiologists, and scholars who wrote them. Outside the classroom, students will explore the city’s markets and neighborhoods, learn traditional handicrafts in rural areas, consider traditional medicine, and go on an overnight safari to Ruaha National Park.

The course instructors are Jesse Kwiek, a microbiologist, and Thomas McDow, a historian, each with long experience conducting research and living in sub-Saharan Africa. Guided by these professors in their areas of expertise, students will take part in immersive learning and research activities using interviews, archived documents, and village-level data, among other sources, to understand the impact of HIV.

The course exposes students to global health on the ground, and students will finish the course with contextual and nuanced knowledge of Tanzania and of HIV from historical and scientific perspectives. Whether students are planning on medical school, want to learn Swahili, or just want to live (and learn!) in Africa, this course has something to offer. 


Students will fly into Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a giant city on the Indian Ocean coast, but they will live and study in Iringa, Tanzania, a beautiful regional capital in the southern highlands. From Iringa, students will take day trips to the surrounding countryside, and weekend trips to a rural village and a national park.


On-site, dormitory-style accommodations will be provided.

Resident Directors

Jesse Kwiek
Department of Microbiology

Thomas McDow
Department of History

Ohio State Program Contact

Louise Yahiaoui
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Courses and Credit Tanzania Impact HIV tab 2

This course is a four-credit course cross-listed between History and Microbiology: History/Microbiology 3798.05, “HIV in Context: East Africa.” Students can earn credit from either department. By successfully completing the course, students can also fulfill GE requirements in education abroad or historical study. 

Students are not required to complete History/Microbiology 3704, “HIV: From Microbiology to Macrohistory” in the spring before enrolling in the summer course. These are two distinct but complementary courses.



Application Requirement Tanzania Impact HIV tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.75 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Students may also be asked to attend a short interview to determine suitability for the program. All students will also be required to participate in on campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a
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Program Costs Tanzania Impact HIV tab 4

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3266 program fee. This program fee covers all in country accommodation, most meals and transportation, site visits and entrances. It does not cover international airfare, vaccinations, antimalarial medication, some meals, free-day activities, passports and visas.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
  • Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions Tanzania Impact HIV tab 5

None scheduled.


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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/03/2019
01/15/2019 06/30/2019 07/27/2019
Summer 2020 01/02/2020 01/23/2020 TBA TBA

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