Women’s Health Practicum in Brazil


Coast of San Salvador Brazil

This practicum is no longer accepting applications for 2017


January 2017, School of Nursing (SON) faculty will lead the second annual study abroad women’s health practicum in Salvador, Brazil. Students that participate in this study abroad practicum will receive 80 clinical hours credited toward the course they are enrolled in Spring 2017. These courses are as follows: WHNP N6926 & N7310, Nurse-Midwife N6308 & N7213, FNP N7503 and ANP/GNP N7505 & N7506. The course is limited to 10 students. 

Course Description

10-day health immersion course in village and urban settings based in the port city of Salvador, Brazil. Students will experience women’s healthcare in the context of environment, race, culture and policy. The program is in collaboration with Student International Training (SIT), a nonprofit organization that has offered study abroad programs in Salvador for over a decade. Women’s health care experiences will focus on the Afro-Brazilian population in both the federal health and private systems and the alternative health and spiritual community of Candomble’. Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Slavery and racial dynamics: historical & current impact on women and health care
  • Obstetrical care in the federal health system and a natural birthing center
  • Alternative healing in the Candomble tradition & island community health services
  • Medical home care visits with health agents and community health screening fairs
  • Health care services for incarcerated women and female sex workers 
  • Door to door community Zika task force work
  • Engage in Salvador da Bahia life, the cultural capital of Brazilian music, dance & capoeira

The practicum includes 1-2 pre-trip campus meetings, 2 days of travel time, 10 days and 9 nights in Brazil.

School of Nursing Faculty

Diana Drake, DNP WHNP is the trip coordinator. For all program information contact her at drak0023@umn.edu

Estimated cost per student

SON administrative course fee of $200, International Travel insurance $16.00 (required by UMN) and the SIT program fee $2375.00 which includes all lodging with shared rooms, breakfasts and 4 dinners, transportation, lectures, translators, attendance fees at cultural events, a boat trip to a nearby island community and a healthcare trip to a UNESCO world heritage village. Other costs include airfare (current pricing varies ), visa fee ($160) and remaining meals.

Student Eligibility

Students must be in good academic standing, have permission documented from their program Specialty Coordinator and a US passport valid for at least six months beyond the end date of travel. Dress and conduct code will comply with UMN & SON Student Handbook and host country standards.