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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Partner Academic Level: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior
Internship Available: Yes Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite Housing Options: Homestay
Click here for a definition of this term On-Site Language Course Required: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Credits: 0
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Areas of Study: Biomedical Engineering
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
Lab Work

Engineering World Health


Up to 70% of critical medical equipment in low-income countries is in need of repair or replacement. Through this program, students are trained and placed in hospitals to repair equipment and share their knowledge with local hospital staff. It is an opportunity to become immersed in the healthcare system while getting hands-on, practical experience in diagnostics and repair. Training focuses on improving specific technical knowledge while teaching participants how to best communicate and work effectively in low-resource, cross-cultural environments. Students assist with critical medical device repairs, translation of manuals, preventative maintenance, and other services.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrollment in the Catholic University course BE 439/539: Clinical Engineering
  • Successful completion of at least two semesters of math and two of physics
  • At least two years of high school-level or one semester of college-level foreign language is strongly preferred.


This program is an optional component of the semester course, BE 439/539: Clinical Engineering. Students must enroll in BE 439/539 in order to participate in the summer program. Intensive Spanish language and medical instrumentation training is provided.


Participants on this program live with host families and are provided with a single or double room, as well as two to three meals a day. Typically, host families work for the hospitals in which students are placed. Initial transportation from the airport to your host family is provided.

Walking to the Hospital

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.