Peru - BIO210Y5 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology

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The Course

The design of the human body. Topics include locomotory and other major organ systems, integrating structure and function. A comparative approach is taken, placing the design of the human body in an evolutionary context.

Exclusion: BIO210H5

Prerequisites: BIO152H5, BIO153H5

The Trip

Operation Groundswell’s “Healthcare in Development” program explores Peru’s long history of traditional medicine and more recent transition to “modern” healthcare. We’ll visit local clinics, dig into sustainable agricultural, taste highland cuisine, interact with traditional medicine, and examine holistic approaches to health and wellness. Work with classmates, Professor Sanja Hinic-Frlog, a UTM staff member on innovative community initiatives and learn alongside local practitioners.

The immersive classroom will challenge students physically while pushing them to think critically about healthcare and service delivery in a unique cultural landscape. 

Travel alongside other students, a UTM staff member and our partners from Operations Groundswell

Want a student perspective? Read these student blogs from the students who went on the experience in the past!

Peru-dise blog

The art of observation blog

Good Attitude, Meds and Suncreen blog

Activities Include

  • Visit modern health clinics and see how traditional medicinal practices continue to serve marginalized populations;
  • Trek through the Andes to see pre-Incan wall paintings and hidden lakes high up in the mountains;
  • Visit the Pisac ruins, one of the finest remaining Inca archeological sites in Peru with vast agricultural terraces and the largest known Incan cemetery.


Estimated cost of International Component*: CAD$3500-3800 

What is Included: Flights, transportation, accommodation, meals and in-country activities associated with the course. Funding Available!

What is NOT Included: Course fees, fees associated with travel insurance, trip cancellation insurance, additional optional tours/activities while abroad, visa applications, medical exams, vaccinations, and any other additional costs.

Funding: This experience is offered with the generous support of the Office of the Dean, which means;

  • All undergraduate UTM students enrolled in the course will receive $500 towards the international component of the course, should their application be successful.
  • Plus, additional bursaries will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need (not linked to OSAP) as shown in your funding request in your UTM Abroad application.
  • Read more about funding here!

Important Dates

Payment Timeline

Safety Abroad Workshops

Trip-Specific Deadlines & Sessions

Date Time Location Description
Wednesday, September 19, 2018     In-course Deadline

Sunday, October 30, 2018

    Applications Close for Selected Students
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm NE5128 Orientation
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 3:00pm-4:00pm NE5128 OG Pre-Departure Session
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:00pm-4:00pm NE5128 Pre-Departure Session
Friday, February 15, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019 Winter Study Break     Travel Dates
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 3:00pm-4:00pm NE5128 Post-Trip Session

Need to Know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change.
  • Students must be enrolled in BIO210Y5 and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience.
  • Payments can be made over five installments. Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines.
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in a mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad session during the month of September.

Sample Itineraries

Cusco Track

Amazon Track 

*The itinerary is subject to change based on availability and requirements of the program.


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