Programs : Brochure
- Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
- Program Terms: Spring
- Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
The College of Nursing and Health Professions has partnered with the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) to offer graduate students the opportunity to experience firsthand the Costa Rican Health Care System. 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.
The objectives of this course are to analyze the structure of Costa Rica’s healthcare system as a system that embraces and integrates the philosophy of public health. Students will learn about the various programs that specifically address health outcomes and how these programs are integrated into care provided in various settings.
Student testimonial: "The (program) 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
NOTE: while the deadline for Spring 2023 has passed, we can still accept late applications on a case-by-case basis until December 22. Please email Lauren Steinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org to open a late application.
Eligibility: CNHP undergraduate (Juniors and Seniors ONLY) and graduate students.
Credit / Registration
Graduate students have the option of taking the course as a 1 or 3-credit course, and will be billed per credit. The credit is not optional. Students must information the professor during the application process if they prefer to take this course as a 1 or 3 credit course. Graduate students in other schools/colleges with relevant background are also eligible to apply. Graduate students will be registered for IPS T580 as part of their spring term courseload.
Advanced undergraduate students are also eligible to apply for this program. They will be registered for IPS T580 for 3 credits. Undergraduate students must leave space for the 3 credit in their spring term credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum.
Instructor: Constance K. Perry, PhD, HEC-C
Arrival Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023
Departure Date: Saturday, April 2, 2023
2023 Tentative Itinerary
|Day 1|| Arrival in San Jose - individual arrangements for transportation to hotel
Welcome Dinner at Cafe Kracovia
|Day 2||Day Trip to Tortuga Island|
|Day 3|| 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Option 1: Guided visit to Poás volcano, coffee tour & lunch at Doka Estate coffee plantation and processing plant
Option 2 (if visit to volcano is not possible): Day visit to La Paz Waterfall Gardens
|Day 4|| 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
|Day 5|| 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
Salsa lessons at Rincon Salsero Dance Academy
|Day 6|| AM: Visit Children's Hospital
Lecture #4: Preventative Services in Children, at Children’s Hospital
Community work session at health-related facility.
Evening: time off
|Day 7|| AM: Lecture #5: Comparative Health Care Systems in Latin America
Lecture #6: Incidence of Breast & Cervical Cancer
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
|Day 8|| 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
|Day 9||Departure for the US – individual arrangements for transportation to airport|
Due November 15, 2022 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due January 15, 2023 - $1,430 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
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