Study Abroad in Mexico

OST 686: Global Health: Mexico – Community Medicine and Mayan culture in the Yucatan (3 credits)

Dates: March 04- March 11, 2023 –Spring Break 

This program combines hospital shadowing with community healthcare and offers students a view of Mayan culture. Students also are given opportunities to: interact with Mexican healthcare professionals, observe common and uncommon pathology, and work in rural healthcare clinics.

It is the discretion of the Course Director to determine which students may participate. An interview may be required.

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

Dr. Rowan has been leading the Yucatan Study Abroad programs for the past 6 years.  His medical specialties are physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). This program offers a wide variety of areas of interest such as osteopathic manipulative medicine, global health and physician communication.

Travis Gordon is the local Program Assistant for International Studies in Yucatan, Mexico as well as Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He oversees all international projects and collaborations between MSU IGH and Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. His main interests reflect Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and a holistic approach of One Health.


Mérida, the vibrant capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán, has a rich Mayan and colonial heritage. The city’s focal point is Plaza de la Independencia, bordered by the fortresslike Mérida Cathedral and white limestone Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, colonial-era churches built using relics from ancient Mayan temples. The Casa de Montejo, a 16th-century mansion, is a landmark of colonial plateresque architecture.

  • Undergraduate student at Michigan State OR first year medical curriculum (COM/CHM/CON) or MS in Global Health students (COM) 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.