Women’s Health Practicum in Brazil


City scene in Brazil

Course Description

This 10-day health immersion course for DNP students is based in small villages and urban settings in Salvador, Brazil. Students will experience women’s health care in the context of environment, race, culture and policy.

Students that participate in this study abroad practicum will receive 80 clinical hours credited toward the following courses: WHNP N6926 & N7310, Nurse-Midwife N6308 & N7213, FNP N7503, ANP/GNP N7505 & N7506 and PMHNP N6505, N7613 

The course is limited to 10 DNP students who will gain insight and experience in many of the following areas: 

  • 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
  • Integration of women’s health services and mental health care
  • Discussion on slavery and racial dynamics: historical & current impact on women and health care
  • Engage in Bahian life, the cultural capital of Brazilian music, dance & capoeira

School of Nursing faculty

Clinical Associate Professor Diana Drake, DNP, MSN, APRN, WHNP is the trip coordinator. 

Student eligibility

Students must be in good academic standing, have permission documented from their Specialty Coordinator and a US passport valid for at least six months beyond the end date of travel dates. Students must participate in two meetings during the fall semester.  

Application process

Complete and return the application, and deliver to Diana Drake, School of Nursing, 5-140 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455 with a $250 check to SIT to be held until your place is confirmed. Deadline to apply: September 8