Study Abroad in Nepal

One Health in Nepal

Dates: May 12th-June 1st 2018.

What is One Health?  One Health is the recognition of the interconnected nature of humans, animals and the environment, and the direct impact each system has on the other.  This program will allow students to see and experience the interconnected nature of these systems and then work on a project which involves at least two of the systems.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one or more new infectious diseases have emerged each year since 1970s. The majority of these have been zoonotic diseases caused by pathogens that can be transmitted between animals and humans, with more than three-quarters originating from wildlife.  Growing evidence suggests that globalization, the increased movement of people, changes in lifestyles, knowledge, and ideas across the world since the late 20th century, is creating new conditions where disease could spread geographically and across species. Ever growing human populations, exceeding 7.2 billion in 2014, and the resulting environmental degradation from expanded land use, intensive agricultural and animal husbandry practices, and closer habitation between humans and both domesticated and wild animal species, are also recognized as key factors for increasing shared risk across the animal–human–ecosystem interfaces.  Understand health and disease through the interdisciplinary lens of One Health.

Three Focus Areas

First spend 8 days in Kathmandu learning about Public Health Issues.  Next, spend 5 days at the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) in Rampur focusing on Animal Production and food safety, then spend 5 days at Chitwan National Park focusing on Wildlife/Human interactions and the environment.  Finish up by presenting your project at AFU.  Local guest lecturers will present each day as well as daily local field trips. Three UNESCO world heritage sites will be visited.

Housing and Travel

Housing will include a guesthouse in Kathmandu, dormitory rooms at the Agriculture and Forestry University and barracks at the National Trust for Nature Conservation – Biodiversity Center, outside Chitwan National Park.  It will be hot!  Some AC will be available on classrooms, but not for lodging.  Travel will be bus van or bus.  One in-country flight may be arranged if needed.


6 Credits (undergraduate or graduate). One credit of preparatory work to be completed online before departure.


ANS 480 Animal Systems in International Development (3 credits)

ANS 490 Independent Study (1-4 credits)

ANR 491 Selected Topics (2-6 credits)

OST 590 Special Problems (1-24 credits)

LCS 690 Veterinary Public Health Field Experience (3 credits)

VM 290 Special Studies in Veterinary Medicine (3 credits)VM 690 Special Prob in Vet Med (3 credits)


Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia and is bordered by China and India. It is located in the Himalayas and contains eight of the world’s ten highest peaks. The government system is a federal democratic republic; the chief of state is the president, and the head of government is the prime minister. Nepal has a traditional economic system in which the majority of the population engages in subsistence agriculture, and the allocation of available resources is made on the basis of primitive methods. Nepal is a member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

  • Undergraduate student at Michigan State OR first year medical curriculum (COM/CHM/CON) student at Michigan State University OR a CVM student at Michigan State University
  • 2.5 GPA required.
  • Must have a good understanding of Biology, Microbiology, and Physiology.
  • Must have respect for different cultures.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively.

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