International Education Programs

  • Contemporary Mexico
    • An intriguing experience with Mexico’s people and politics awaits in Mexico City, a mosaic of modern and historic culture. This five-week summer program mixes class time with a flurry of activities and trips. Walk up the ancient steps of an Aztec pyramid and glide through the canals of Xochimilco. In classes with 10 to 15 UC students, get an intercultural perspective of Mexican history and culture while learning Spanish. A homestay in Coyoacán reinforces your bilingual skills. During downtime, discover the ancestral traditions and natural wonders of barrios mágicos. Or, stop by an ultra-niche museum for insights on anything from chocolate to Frida Kahlo.

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  • Field Research In Mexico
    • Ready for adventure? Got a research topic in mind? Take your curiosity and ideas to Mexico, where a diverse population, rich ecology, and fascinating history provide compelling possibilities for research. Courses in field research methods, Mexican culture, and Spanish language in Mexico City combined with mentors set you up for success. Present your findings during a trip to Cuetzalan, a town in a mountainous area near waterfalls and pyramid ruins. This is a research experience that can set you apart when pursuing a career. Program trips may include a visit to the pyramids of Teotihuacan, a performance of Ballet Folklórico, or the mountain getaway of Malinalco.

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  • Global Health In Mexico
  • Leadership In Social Justice And Public Policy
    • Build your leadership skills and explore social justice in the powerhouse political centers of Mexico City and Sacramento. Combining coursework and on-the-ground experience, learn how the politics and culture of Mexico inform California public policy-making. Starting in Mexico City, take university classes as you explore Mexico's political history. An optional internship could bring you anywhere from an NGO to Mexican Parliament. After class, visit Constitution Plaza, where locals celebrate the past and present with festivals and concerts. In Sacramento, further develop your leadership skills in an internship, buoyed by a seminar, in an area of your interest. Political science majors, media mavens, and the business-minded will especially appreciate this program.

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  • Spanish in the Mexican Context – Merida
    • Spend a summer in one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico! Mérida is one of Mexico’s safest and cleanest cities and provides the perfect setting for your study of Spanish language or Mexican literature. The streets of Mérida are lined with colonial mansions and you can still take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

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Projects/Programs

Research

  • The Global Health Experience
    School of Nursing
    • The UCLA School of Nursing offers nursing students the opportunity to participate in a health experience that extends beyond the U.S. borders to learn first-hand about health education for care providers, issues of public health and patient care access and delivery.
      By understanding the geographic, cultural and economic factors that impact health care throughout the world, we believe this unique opportunity will provide our students with the knowledge and cultural competency needed to, in turn, provide care, address disparities and influence health issues in this diverse community where we live and work.
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  • Risk and Probabilities of Decompression Sickness in Artisanal Fishermen
    School of Medicine
    • "Artisanal fishermen risk their lives every day to support their families and communities. Using outdated technology without proper education, fishermen risk getting Decompression Sickness (DCS or ""the bends"") and Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning every time they work. Specifically in Mexico, these fishermen are experiencing 300 times the rates of DCS and death compared to recreational divers. The purpose of our project is to understand the health risks of artisanal fishermen divers and implement risk mitigation based on primary data collection and community engagement. Through fieldwork and small group sessions, we work together with the fishermen to design cost-effective interventions that would raise awareness and build capacity among these fishermen to protect themselves and their communities from the risks of hookah diving as a fishing method. We collaborate with regional investigators on-site who are building relationships with small-scale fishing communities around the world. After understanding the risk-mitigating impact of our interventions in the Yucatán, we will use this region as a model to help target interventions in other parts of the world. - To reduce CO contamination, we built a simple and cost-effective model off-site to modify the setup of the existing equipment and held several focus groups with the fishermen to provide insights into concerns regarding the impacts of the proposed intervention. Upon analysis of 7 hookah dive systems, the level of CO contamination in the fishermen's diving air after the intervention was reduced by 72%. After 1 year, the number of boats that had modified the hookah system setup to achieve the gas separation increased from 7 to 120 of 198 total boats in a single fishing village. - To study the fishermen's diving behavior, we deploy palm-sized dive recorders for them to wear while they dive. With running data collection from up to 17 consenting fishermen, we are building the largest repository of artisanal fishermen's diving behavior. Analysis of their dive profiles revealed that about a quarter of all dives exceed the U.S. Navy no-decompression limit. Using this data, we are building a decompression table that would allow these fishermen to ascend safely even from provocative diving patterns. - Socioeconomic factors such as increasing market demands, scarcity of catch and financial stress may contribute to the fishermen's high-risk diving behavior and decompression stress. We are expanding our database to include capture species and volume, and seek to identify more predictors of DCS. Through continuous data collection and examination of the fishermen's health conditions, we identify gaps in our knowledge and determine factors that might predispose the fishermen to DCS. Meanwhile, we strategize interventions to mitigate the occupational health risks these fishermen undertake on a daily basis. To date, we have published on this topic 6 full length peer-reviewed articles and 20 abstracts in the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal. "
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  • Exporting and Importing Best Practices in Multidisciplinary Cleft Care: Reciprocal Partnerships
    School of Medicine
    • Historically, the dominant model for providing cleft care to underserved populations in the developing world has involved Western surgeons traveling to the developing world to perform surgeries. We are exploring a model where a multidisciplinary team travels together to interface with a multidisciplinary host team to share ideas about how best to provide holistic care in the host country.
  • UCLA/USC Biodemography Center - International Biomarker Harmonization Substudy
    School of Medicine
    • Project focuses on validation of protocols for collection of blood and other biological specimens in developed and developing countries. In addition, this project seeks to develop methods of cross-calibration of results across these different countries.
      Project Contact:
       Project website  -    Heather McCreath

Education/Training

  • The Global Health Experience
    School of Nursing
    • The UCLA School of Nursing offers nursing students the opportunity to participate in a health experience that extends beyond the U.S. borders to learn first-hand about health education for care providers, issues of public health and patient care access and delivery.
      By understanding the geographic, cultural and economic factors that impact health care throughout the world, we believe this unique opportunity will provide our students with the knowledge and cultural competency needed to, in turn, provide care, address disparities and influence health issues in this diverse community where we live and work.
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  • Short-Term Training Program (STTP) in Global Health
    School of Medicine
    • "The Short-Term Training Program (STTP) in Global Health is a program of the UCLA Center for World Health. UCLA students between their first and second years of medical school have the opportunity to participate in a closely mentored short-term research project on a variety of global health topics in mostly resource-limited settings. This research results in a poster displayed at the Josiah Brown Poster Fair. Research sites vary year to year based on mentorship availability. Students are responsible for connecting with a UCLA faculty mentor and working with them to develop their research project. In 2017, students participated in research in Armenia, Guatemala, India, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. Past sites have included Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Peru, and may be available for future projects based on mentor availability."
      Project Contact:
       Project website  -    Traci Wells
  • UCLA Blum Center Summer Scholars Program
    School of Medicine
    • The UCLA Blum Center Summer Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for graduate students to work with Latin American universities, international institutions, governments, and community organizations that are improving the health and social conditions of low-income and vulnerable populations. UCLA faculty members and representatives from host organizations in Latin America provide mentorship for participating students.
      Project Contact:
       Project website  -    Michael Rodriguez
  • UCLA Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center
    School of Medicine
    • We provide HIV education, training, and capacity building for clinicians, providers, agencies, health departments, and clinics. We also have HIV training and technical assistance activities in Mexico that are not part of our federal funding (privately supported). These programs have reached more than a dozen states in Mexico and inform our work with Mexican immigrants living in the U.S.
  • Training of Foreign Scholars in Clinical Chromosomal Microarray Cases
    School of Medicine
    • Training in the interpretation and reporting of clinical chromosomal microarray cases.
  • UCLA/USC Biodemography Center - International Biomarker Harmonization Substudy
    School of Medicine
    • Project focuses on validation of protocols for collection of blood and other biological specimens in developed and developing countries. In addition, this project seeks to develop methods of cross-calibration of results across these different countries.
      Project Contact:
       Project website  -    Heather McCreath

Visitors

  • 2018-19: 16 guests
    • International Relations: 1 guest
    • Education: 7 guests
    • Admissions: 1 guest
    • Environmental Protection: 7 guests
  • 2017-18: 13 guests
    • Environmental Protection: 12 guests
    • Education: 1 guest
  • 2016-17: 23 guests
    • Civic Education: 17 guests
    • LGBT Policy: 6 guests
  • 2015-16: 18 guests
    • Entrepreneurship: 1 guest
    • Social Welfare: 17 guests
  • 2014-15: 5 guests
    • Technology Development: 5 guests
  • 2013-14: 41 guests
    • Collaboration: 8 guests
    • Journalism: 12 guests
    • Courtesy Visit-Chancellor: 2 guests
    • Urban Planning: 19 guests
  • 2012-13: 19 guests
    • Latin American Programs: 19 guests
  • 2011-12: 20 guests
    • UCLA Student Groups: 18 guests
    • Admissions: 1 guest
    • UCLA Engineering and Campus tour.: 1 guest
  • 2010-11: 27 guests
    • Environmental Protection: 9 guests
    • Political Activism: 12 guests
    • US Foreign Policy: 5 guests
    • Health Policy: 1 guest
  • 2009-10: 28 guests
    • International Institute- Center for Southern Cone Studies: 14 guests
    • Law School: 7 guests
    • Civic Education: 7 guests
  • 2008-09: 40 guests
    • Cancer Research: 12 guests
    • Anderson School of Management: 9 guests
    • Health Policy: 6 guests
    • English as a Second Language: 7 guests
    • Public Health: 6 guests

Collaboration

Students

  • 2017-18: 7 students
    • National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM): 5 students
    • Contemporary Mexico, UC Center, Mexico City: 1 student
    • Leadership in Social Justice and Public Policy, Mexico City & Sacramento: 1 student
  • 2016-17: 7 students
    • Field Research, UC Center Mexico City: 2 students
    • National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM): 5 students
  • 2015-16: 7 students
    • Field Research, UC Center Mexico City: 4 students
    • National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM): 3 students
  • 2014-15: 8 students
    • Field Research, UC Center Mexico City: 1 student
    • National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM): 6 students
    • National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM): 1 student
  • 2013-14: 3 students
    • Field Research, UC Center Mexico City: 2 students
    • National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM): 1 student
  • 2012-13: 3 students
    • Field Research, UC Center Mexico City: 2 students
    • National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM): 1 student
  • 2011-12: 5 students
    • Field Research, UC Center Mexico City: 1 student
    • National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM): 4 students
  • 2010-11: 6 students
    • Field Research, UC Center Mexico City: 3 students
    • National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM): 3 students
  • 2009-10: 5 students
    • Field Research, UC Center Mexico City: 2 students
    • Mexico-U.S. Comparative, UC Center Mexico City: 2 students
    • National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM): 1 student