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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
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Drexel Grad in Costa Rica: CNHP Comparative Health Care Systems

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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.  


Academics

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). 


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

2019 Tentative Itinerary 

Friday, March 22        Arrival in San Jose - individual arrangements for transportation to hotel
 Welcome Dinner
Saturday, March 23  Day Trip to Tortuga Island
Sunday, March 24  8:00 am – 4:30 pm
 Guided visit to Poás volcano, coffee tour & lunch at Doka Estate coffee    plantation and processing plant
Monday, March 25  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, March 26  9:00-11:00 am
 Guided city tour of San Jose and time off downtown
 PM: Lecture #2: Vulnerable Populations
 Lecture #3: CR’s Aging Population's Chronic Diseases
 Evening: 5:30-7:00pm
 Salsa lessons at Rincon Salsero Dance Academy
Wednesday, March 27  AM: Visit Children's Hospital
 Lecture #4: Preventative Services in Children, at Children’s Hospital
 PM: 2:30-4:30pm
 Community work session at health-related facility. 
Evening: time off
Thursday, March 28  AM: Lecture #5: Comparative Health Care Systems in Latin America
 Lecture #6: Incidence of Breast & Cervical Cancer

 PM:  
 Visit Women’s Health Hospital
Visit Third Level of Care Hospital, Trauma Hospital
 Evening: 6:00-8:00 pm
 Typical Costa Rican cuisine lesson and dinner
Friday, March 29  AM: Lecture #7: Mental Health in Costa Rica
 Lecture #8: Medical Tourism in Costa Rica
 
 PM: Visit Psychiatric Hospital
Return to hotel and time off for personal activities
 Evening: Farewell Dinner
Saturday, March 30   Departure for the US – individual arrangements for transportation to airport

 


 Program Fee 2019 - $1,840

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Due November 15, 2018 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due January 15, 2019 - $1,340 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.


Estimated Costs Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Tuition: (per credit tuition will apply)
  • Airfare:  estimated $750 from PHL
  • Additional Meals: estimated  $320
    (lunch is available at the Hospital's cafeteria at student's own expense)
  • 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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/29/2018 12/14/2018 03/22/2019 03/30/2019