Global Health in the Himalayas, run in partnership with Western Washington University, is an intensive two-month field program that encompasses studies in South Asian culture, health care, and public health with opportunities for service learning. A primary focus will be on how communities respond to critical social and health challenges, in ways that promote sustainability and well-being. During the trip, we will be staying with local communities, sharing their experiences, and participating in community health projects.


The program will introduce the main concepts of global health, with a particular emphasis on the Himalayan region. It will cover leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the region, local healthcare institutions and services, sanitation and hygiene in remote locations, health vs. disease orientation in health services, social determinants of health, and community self care when services are not available. It will also explore ethical dimensions of practicing medicine and public health in an international context.


  • Study, live and trek in rural mountain villages in the Himalayas for seven weeks
  • Learn about community health from a global perspective
  • Work with local community partners on public health and education projects
  • Experience South Asia’s unique culture, religion and history
  • 15 credits through Western Washington University



Future Dates Coming Soon!

$8,399per student

  • 15 credits through Western Washington University
  • Daily living expenses (food, lodging)
  • In-country transportation
  • Admissions (temples, parks, etc.)
  • Trek and other excursions
  • Travel Health Insurance
  • International airfare
  • Visa
  • Immunizations/personal medical expenses
  • Independent travel
Frank James

IVS Board President             Health Officer, San Juan County; Health Officer, Nooksack Tribe

Vindy Garcha, MD

Trip Leader | Medical Advisor

Bipin Lama

Trip Leader | Project Coordinator

Ready to join us?