OST691: Global Health Guatemala: Tropical Medicine and Infectious disease  (3 credits)

Dates: March 04th- March 11th, 2023

The Guatemala Global Outreach Elective is designed to help the student grow personally and professionally by immersing them in another culture, experience the healthcare system and delivery of medical services in a Developing Country to deepen their understanding of self and the global community. Students will gain knowledge of disease common in Central America; enhance their clinical skills and the use of medical Spanish; develop problem solving skills; broaden knowledge of public health issues and to experience the practice of medicine beyond the core curriculum.

For more information, please contact  Study Abroad Office of IGH.

Richard Bryce D.O. is a family physician that works at the Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS), a federally qualified health center, in Mexicantown, Detroit, MI.  He is clinical faculty at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School and Henry Ford Hospital.   His passion is to promote and motivate his patients to pursue a healthy lifestyle. He started the CHASS Mexicantown 5k Run/Walk and Children’s race to improve exposure to exercise within the Detroit community.  He also has worked in setting up the Fresh Prescription program where he and other providers can prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables to his patients from a Farmers Market located at the clinic.  He is the Faculty Advisor for Street Medicine Detroit and Detroit Street Care, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine  student organizations  that help to provide medical care to Detroit’s Homeless population. Dr. Bryce also is passionate about global health and has accompanied MSUCOM on medical missions to Guatemala many times.

Dr. Willyerd has organized MSU trips to Guatemala since 2011.  He is passionate about offering students the opportunity to see health care in different parts of the world.


Guatemala is a country in Central America bordering the Northern Pacific Ocean, the Gulf on Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, and Belize. Two mountain chains enter Guatemala from west to east, with a small desert, sand dunes, and hills in-between. The government system is a constitutional democratic republic; the chief of state and head of government is the president. Guatemala has a mixed economic system which includes a variety of emerging private freedom, combined with centralized economic planning and government regulation.

  • First or Second year medical curriculum (COM) student at Michigan State University.
  • MS in Global Health students (COM)
  • In good standing at the University
  • Must have respect for different cultures.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively.
  • Spanish speaking preferred but not required

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The Office of Study Abroad offers scholarships to students who participate in MSU’s study abroad programs. Details here