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  • Locations: Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Graduate Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Lotte Buiting
Program Description:
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Community Health and Environment in Cuba

Global Health in Cuba

Program Overview

This course will provide students with a distributed and evaluated global health training experience that require students to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired from readings and other learning experiences, and apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice in global health and international development. The theme and geographic focus of this course for Fall break 2019 is Community Health and Environment (CHE).  This section also covers a variety of region-specific health topics to include:

  • Art and Music Therapy
  • Maternal and Infant Health
  • Popular Education
  • Environment Health and Infectious Diseases
  • Introduction to the Cuban Socioeconomic Model
  • Afro-Cuban Culture and Traditional Medicine
  • Urban Planning
  • Nutrition and Food Security
  • Healthy Aging and The Life Course
  • Health Diplomacy and Cuban Medical Cooperation

Students will be mentored through one of the field experiences by a faculty member, and will complete individual and group assignments as well as a 2-week field experience coordinated by preceptors from partnering NGOs, international agencies, Ministries of Health and foreign institutions in the global health practice setting. Site and theme specific cross-cultural training and pre-departure orientation assignments will be required and included in the online portion of the course.

Participants will be mentored in daily community health immersion field experiences witnessing firsthand the integrated approaches to healthcare and public health in Cuba, led collaboratively by CIVITAS Global Education Services, the University of Cienfuegos, and Drexel University.


Graduate students will be registered for  course PBHL 708. Graduate students may take the class for 3 or for 6 credits, and will be billed per credit. Taking the class for fewer than 3 credits is not an option. 

Undergraduate students will be registered for CHP 499, a 3-credit class. All students will be registered for 3 credits as part of their fall term course load. Undergraduate students must leave space for the 3 credits in their fall term credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. Graduate students will be billed per credit. The 3 credits for this program are not optional. 

Once you have opened an application, please contact Idris Robinson to schedule your faculty interview, which is part of the application process.

PBHL 708: Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH
CHP 299: Idris Robinson, MPH

Additional Instructors:
Michelle Rogers, PhD 
Idris Robinson, MPH

Program Calendar

Arrival Date: September 9, 2019
Departure Date: September 20, 2019

Tentative Itinerary 2019:

Day 1 Travel Day Day 7 Visit to Sociedad Grafica de Cienfuegos 
Workshop: Sources of Natural Medicine and the Use of Medicinal Plants
Visit to Castillo de Jagua Community Project
Day 2 Local and Architectural History Discussions
Cuban History
Day 8 Mental Health and Well-Being
Different Project presentations
Class "Bailoterapia"
Day 3 Green and Alternative Medicine
Health Promotion Projects
Afro-Cuban Rhythms Dance Class
Visit of Project "Las minas"
Visit to the Culture Center for the ARts Benny More
Day 9 Visit to Maternity Home
Comparative Perspectives on Infant Health
Intrauterine Speech Therapy Stimulation Project
Visit to Infant Health Promotion Community Projects
Day 4 Environmental Health and Infectious Diseases
Urban Agriculture and the Environment
Day 10 Presentation of Final Projects
Day 5 Visit to local Polyclinic
Cuban Popular Dance Class
Visit to Farm Los Mangos
Day 11 Museum of la Batalla de Giron
Visit to Caleta Buena

Day 6  Meet with director of "Circulo de Abuelos"
Meet with Director of "Catedra de Adulto Mayor" - visit to Community Project for Senior Adults
Day 12 Depart for Santa Clara for departure


Program Fee - $2680 

In addition to the program fee, there will be a $25 application fee.

Due 05/26/2019 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due 07/01/2019 - $2180 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Round trip International airfare from Philadelphia to Cienfuegos (group flight via American Airlines)
  • Cuban Visa
  • Health insurance while in Cuba
  • Accommodation (casas particulares; double occupancy homestay with Cuban family)
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Entry fees to all cultural, historic, and health site visits that are part of the program
  • Local transportation for all group events during program
  • Emergency Assistance Insurance 

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Tuition (per credit tuition will apply for graduate students)
  • Gratuities 
  • Additional meals and site seeing
  • Non-program related excursion

ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for Drexel's ICA Scholarships.

More Information

The Drexel University Community Health and Environment (CHE) Immersion Program in Cuba from Drexel University Global Health on Vimeo.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.