Global Health in Thailand

Thailand Jungle Global Health in Thailand: Humans, Elephants, & Disease

Global Health in Thailand will not be taught during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

The Global Health in Thailand: Humans, Elephants & Disease is a 3 credit winter break program, and combines two weeks in Thailand with 7 classes, one hour each week, Jan-March. This class, led by health professionals, looks at the relationship between human health and animal health – with a particular focus on tuberculosis in elephants and humans. In Thailand students will visit elephant camps, and learn about the transmission of TB from human to elephant as well as elephant to human. Back in the US, students will meet weekly for seven weeks to further explore TB in Minnesota, hearing from health experts who are actively working on both TB and drug-resistant TB. Finally students will have an opportunity to explore the role that culture plays in zoonotic diseases including discussions of other zoonotic diseases such as ebola, Hantavirus, avian influenza, ovine spongiform encephalitis, rabies and many others.

For all the details, including how to apply, visit the U of M Learning Abroad Center website for this course at

Nicholas Cook-Rostie on Global Health in Thailand

Nicholas Cook-Rostie riding an elephant in Thailand

Read this inspiring story about Nicholas Cook-Rostie, a current first-year student in the University of Minnesota Medical School, and his experience on our Global Health in Thailand: Humans, Elephants, and Disease global seminar, and his unconventional journey to medical school. Nic also took part in our Global Future Physician trip to India over Winter Break 16-17.