Guatemala Global Health Immersion Program

People at Guatemalan Market

School of Nursing faculty will lead a collaborative global health program with colleagues in Antigua and San Martin, Guatemala January 10, 2021- February 7, 2021. Students who participate in this program will receive 32 DNP hours aligned with the practicum course they are enrolled in Spring 2021. These courses are as follows: FNP N7505 & N7507, ANP/GNP N7505 & N7406, PNP N6921 & N7925, WHNP N6926 & N7310, PMHNP N7613. This is a virtual course.

Program description

Four-week, health-focused, global immersion program networking with colleagues in urban and rural village locations in and around the historic city of Antigua, Guatemala. This virtual experience will include observational and interactional experiences aimed at gaining an understanding of the socio-cultural factors affecting the health and well-being of urban and rural Guatemalans through collaborative activities with local health care providers and community members. Students will be encouraged to reflect on experiences and compare and contrast with their own lived experience in the United States. Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Learning about cervical cancer rates and screening in Guatemala based on WHO recommendations
  • Discussing health care delivery systems and challenges in Guatemala
  • Analyzing the current political system in Guatemala and its impact on health care delivery
  • Exploring the socio-cultural determinants of health in Guatemala
  • Learning about issues in global health
  • Visiting with health care providers in Guatemala
  • Learning about the profession of nursing in Guatemala.

The program includes online preparatory work, 4 virtual meetings with colleagues in Guatemala, online discussion and virtual discussion and debriefs with faculty members.

Estimated cost per student

$252 which includes program content, in-country fees to speakers and technology costs.

School of Nursing faculty

Mary Benbenek, PhD, APRN FNP-BC, program coordinator

Cheri Friedrich, DNP, APRN, CNP, co-program coordinator

Student eligibility

Students must be in good academic standing, have permission documented from their program Specialty Coordinator and a desire to learn about global health.

To apply

Email the completed application form to Mary Benbenek (