BIO209H5S - Virtual Peru

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The Course

The structure and function of the human body. Topics include integrating different organ systems, such as endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, and urogenital systems. An emphasis is placed on integration of structure and function of the major organ systems. As part of this course, students may have the option of participating in an international learning experience that will have an additional cost and application process. [24L, 12T]

Exclusion: BIO210H5 or BIO210Y5Y or BIOB33H3 or BIOB35H5

Prerequisites: BIO208H5

The Experience 

During the Winter Reading week, immerse yourself in the Peruvian healthcare system with Professor Krupa Pateland a small group of students. You will embark on a virtual journey to the Amazon jungle and cradle of the Incan Empire where you can examine health and wellness from a variety of perspectives. Together, we’ll explore the contrasts between Canadian and Peruvian healthcare systems and examine both western and traditional approaches to health with a focus on its geographic and social determinants and the impacts of COVID-19.

From the city of Tarapoto and the jungles of Amazonia to Cusco and the surrounding Sacred Valley, you will learn about traditional medicine and the country’s more recent transition to “modern” healthcare while exploring Peruvian ways of life old and new. You will visit local experts and clinicians, dig into food sustainability, interact with plant-based medicine, and talk about holistic approaches to healthcare. Using an immersive virtual environment, you will be challenged to think critically about healthcare and service delivery in Peru’s unique cultural landscape.

Program Dates: February 22, 2022, to February 25, 2021. 

Why Participate?

  • ­­Develop connections between local communities
  • Learn more about healthcare initiatives in international communities
  • Add global learning to your resume; 
  • ­­Establish connections with fellow students and your professor.

Activities Include 

This experience will consist of 10-15 hours of synchronous online  programming over the winter reading week. This program will be delivered with our partners from Operations Groundswell.

  • Engage with the UTM Abroad team in preparation and reflection sessions to build your intercultural competence.
  • Visit with practitioners from across Peru’s healthcare system to hear first-hand how healthcare works in Peru.
  • Talk with clinicians, NGO workers and community members to get a variety of perspectives on the challenges related to health and wellness in Amazonia and the Sacred Valley.
  • Learn about plant-based medicine, holistic approaches to healthy living, and examine how age-old traditions continue to serve marginalized populations in Peru.
  • Get the latest on the global pandemic from Peruvian stakeholders and examine how COVID-19 is affecting Peru and impacting its healthcare systems.
  • Connect with Professor Krupa Patel to deepen your understanding of the connections between this global learning opportunity and the course material.

Need to Know

  • This program has a limited number of spaces to foster an intimate discussion space with the international partners and allow for a more immersive environment. 
  • The programming agenda is subject to change. 
  • Students must be enrolled in BIO209H5 and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in this experience. 

Terms of Participation

  • Participants must complete the required application by the specified deadline as found on 
  • Participants must connect with the appropriate resource on campus and make any requests for accommodation within 30-days of the application deadline; 
  • Participants are responsible for making a self-assessment regarding appropriateness of participation; 
  • Participants will continue to adhere to the University of Toronto policies including but not limited to the Code of Student Conduct and the Policy and Procedures: Sexual Harassment
  • Participants must attend and actively participate in all synchronous sessions, and asynchronous activities as outlined by UTM Abroad and any associated partners. 
  • Information collected through this program may be shared with relevant parties internal and external to the University as required for the proper implementation of the program; 
  • Should a student wish to cancel their participation in this experience, they must do so by Friday, February 4, 2022. If the participant cancels after Friday, February 4, 2022, or does not attend and actively participate in the program they will be charged a cancellation fee of $200.00 for the space that was held for them in the program.
  • Should the participant face unforeseen circumstances prohibiting them from participating in the program, they should submit an appeal to the International Education Centre detailing their circumstances and providing any relevant documentation. At the discretion of the University and under exceptional circumstances all or part of the cancellation fee may be waived. 


Visit the Apply Now! page to apply. Applications close Monday, November 8, 2022, at 11:59 pm.

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