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Biology of Eco-Health – BIOL 498A

Biology of Eco-Health – BIOL 498A

This three-week summer session course is taught entirely in Tanzania during the first summer session at Penn State. Students will examine the regional ecology, human-environment interactions, development of zoonotic diseases, and conservation of natural resources. In addition to lectures and discussions, this exceptional opportunity allows students to participate in guided walking and driving safaris, participate in guided field research contributing to long term datasets and research projects in both pastoral and agricultural ecosystems.

Students will complete course readings and have the opportunity to select a theme which they will investigate for a final paper. The course is limited to 12 participants, allowing instructors to tailor discussions and will include guest lectures by local experts in ecology, conservation, and health as well as visits to national parks and medical facilities.


PSU Biology of Ecohealth in Tanzania Summary Video:



For a complete line-by-line budget, visit our budget sheet.


Students are eligible to apply for:

  • Penn State Science students studying on university-approved for-credit programs are eligible to apply for funding from the college


APPLICATIONS: Application deadline is February 1, 2020
Please apply on the Education Abroad website here.
Douglas Cavener,  Dean, Eberly College of Science, Penn State and Adjunct Professor, Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania
Anna Estes, Research Associate, Huck Institute of Life Sciences, Penn State and Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania
Paul Shaffner, Instructor, Department of Biology, Eberly College of Science, Penn State

Northern Tanzania

Summer 2021: Dates TBD

3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): Biol 110 or one other life science course

Application deadline: February 1, 2021

Dirt road marked by torches
Program participants pose with an elephant in Tanzania
Local women carrying supplies in Tanzania

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