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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Drexel Grad in Costa Rica: CNHP Comparative Health Care Systems


Program Overview

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has partnered with the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) to offer graduate students enrolled in IPS 562: Comparative Health Care Systems the opportunity to experience firsthand the Costa Rican Health Care System as an extension to their learning in the course. Through a series of site visits and lectures by local experts, students will be able to observe in a variety of health care facilities and gain perspectives from local health care professionals on the successes and challenges of delivering health care in Costa Rica. The program will be largely based at the Hospital Clínica Bíblica, the largest and most comprehensive private hospital in Costa Rica and the only Joint Commission certified hospital in Central America.  


Credit/Registration The one-week intensive program is offered to CNHP graduate students as a one credit extension to the online course IPS 562 Comparative Health Systems offered in Winter 2018. Students enrolled in the MSN Leadership in Health System Administration may opt to stay an additional week for a two credit extension to the online course. Students must be enrolled in IPS 562 in order to participate in the Costa Rica program. Students who participate in the week-long program will earn one additional course credit (5 credits total). 

Program CalendarHospitalClinicaBiblicaSJCR

Arrival Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Departure Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019

2018 Tentative Itinerary 

Friday, February 16        Arrival in San Jose - transportation to hotel
 Welcome Dinner
Saturday, February   17  Day Trip to Tortuga Island
Sunday, February 18  8:00 am – 4:30 pm
 Guided visit to Poás volcano, coffee tour & lunch at Doka Estate coffee    
 plantation and processing plant
Monday, February 19   AM: Introduction and tour of Hospital Clínica Bíblica
 Lecture #1: Review of Healthcare System in Costa Rica: Public-  Private    
 model of health care
 PM: Visit First Level of Care Clinic (EBAIS)
 Visit Second Level of Care clinic (CAIS)
 Evening: time off
Tuesday, February 20   8:00-11:00 am
 Visit community work site with Winter term students from Drexel
 PM: Lecture #2: Health and Equality: Universal Coverage
 Lecture #3: CR’s Aging Population: Health Policy Implications
 Evening: 5:30-7:00pm
 Salsa lessons at Merecumbé Dance Academy (optional)
Wednesday, February 21   AM: Visit Regional Hospital
 Lecture #4: Preventative Services in Children, at Children’s Hospital
 PM: 2:30-4:30pm
 Guided city tour of San José – lunch NOT included
 Time off for shopping downtown
Thursday, February 22   AM: Lecture #5: CCSS, OSHA and Services provided by INS
 Visit Third Level of Care Hospital, Trauma Hospital

 PM: Lecture #6: Incidence of Breast & Cervical Cancer / Chronic Diseases
 in Costa Rica
 Visit Women’s Health Clinic & Geriatric Hospital
 Evening: 6:00-8:00 pm
 Typical Costa Rican dinner (either at homestays of Drexel students, or at
 typical food restaurant)
Friday, February 23   AM: Lecture #7: Mental Health in Costa Rica
 Lecture #8: Medical Tourism in Costa Rica
 Visit Psychiatric Hospital
 PM: Time off for personal activities

 Evening: Farewell Activity
Saturday, February 24   Departure for the US – transportation to airport


 Program Fee 2018 - $1,735
Program Fee 2019: TBD

Due November 15, 2017 - $500 Advance Payment
Due January 15, 2018 - $1,235 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Double occupancy lodging*
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell activity
  • Breakfasts
  • One additional dinner
  • Cultural activities and tours
  • All guest lectures and site visits
  • Transportation to program site visits and activities
*Single supplement may be available for an additional fee. If interested in this option, please inform Lotte Buiting at the time of application for more information.

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Tuition: (per credit tuition will apply)
  • Airfare:  estimated $725 from PHL
  • Additional Meals: estimated  $150 
  • Estimated Miscellaneous Expenses: $200

More Information

  • Visas are not required for US citizens. Students of other nationalities are responsible for obtaining a visa if required for the program.
  • Student testimonial: "The trip was truly an awesome experience. I learned so much about healthcare, the beautiful Costa Rican culture, and even some things about myself. Additionally, it has inspired a new trajectory in my career pursuits. I am grateful for the experience and hope to participate in trips like this throughout my academic endeavors. " Effie Mathew, senior, Biological Sciences major

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.