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Wilderness Medicine in Chamonix-Mt. Blanc, France

For Undergraduates: Introduction to Wilderness Medicine - HEDU 2095 - Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to certify in General Wilderness medicine and certify in Hiking, Backpacking and Trekking medicine. The certification exams will be given at the end of the coursework. This is 3 hours credit.

For Graduate Students: International Wilderness Medicine - HEDU 6930 - Graduate students will have the opportunity to certify in general wilderness medicine and to certify in backpacking medicine and in travel and tropical medicine. The certification exams will be given at the end of coursework.  This is 3 hours of credit.

Dates: Monday July 6th to Friday July 18th, 2020

This course is designed to prepare outdoor enthusiasts and world travelers who have no formal medical training to prevent and treat injuries and medical problems that might occur in the back country by studying back country medicine in the incredibly beautiful French Alps.   

You will stay in chalets in and around Chamonix-Mt. Blanc and take hikes on the Mt. Blanc trail.

Students hiking the trails of the Tour du Mt. Blanc

Students hiking the trails of the Tour du Mt. Blanc

This two-week program and adventure will give students the opportunity to get to know some of the most beautiful spots in the Alps. Much of this will be while hiking. The program will begin with  instruction in Chamonix, then sightseeing above the Mont Blanc valley and near the highest mountain in Europe, the Mont Blanc.

Students will become familiar with the most common backcountry problems and practice evaluating, treating, and evacuating injured persons in wilderness settings.


Look on the Learning Abroad home page about scholarships. About 1/4 students are granted scholarships for these courses.


  • Provide basic suggestions for preparedness

  • Demonstrate how to pack an effective first aid kit

  • Learn proper techniques for water disinfection

  • Learn the back-country assessment of an injured or sick patient

  • Learn the treatment of dislocations, sprains, strains and breaks

  • Learn how to treat medical problems and prevent infectious disease

  • Study and learn the treatment of bites and stings

  • Learn the treatment of skin related injuries including sunburn and poison ivy

  • Study the prevention and treatment of lightning related injuries

  • Learn to treat hot and cold related injuries including dehydration and frostbite

  • Understand the treatment of altitude related illnesses

  • Study avalanche prevention and rescue

  • Understand the management of head and neck trauma

  • Know the proper techniques for the transport of an injured patient

  • Know basic causes of infectious diseases in various parts of the world

Students hiking above the Chamonix Valley

Students hiking above the Chamonix Valley

Instructor: Richard J. Ingebretsen, MD, PhD

Phone: 801 554 2129

Email: richi47@comcast.net

Program Assistant: Megan Budge

Email: megan.budge@hsc.utah.edu

Text: Wilderness Life Support (available from Amazon.com as hard back or kindle)


There will be scheduled quizzes and certification exams given while you are in Chamonix. The dates and times will be announced when in Chamonix-Mt. Blanc

Click on the button below to learn more or to sign up through the Learning Abroad department at The University of Utah

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