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Biology of Eco-Health – BIOL 498A

Students in Tanzania

BIOL 498A: Biology of Eco-Health in Tanzania

Travels during the Summer

3 Credits

Prerequisite: BIOL 110 or other life science course


This three-week summer session course is taught entirely in Tanzania during Penn State's first summer session. 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 interact with Maasai pastoralists and Hadza hunter-gatherers, participate in animal behavior research, interact with Maasai pastoralists and Hadza hunter-gatherers, and to observe and study Tanzania’s iconic animals including elephants, giraffe, lions, cheetah, leopards, baboons, wildebeest, zebras, and a diverse array of birds.

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.


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



BIOL 498A students are eligible to apply for the following scholarships (among many other financial opportunities), some depending on students' individual circumstances:


Contact Dr. Douglas Cavener at
Next offered in Summer 2022 - Apply Here
Dr. Douglas Cavener,  Dorothy Foehr Huck & J. Lloyd Huck Distinguished Chair in Evolutionary Genetics; Adjunct Professor, Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania
Paul Shaffner, Instructor