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  • Locations: Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • 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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Global Health Immersion 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 Summer 2018 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.


Students register for the graduate course PBHL 708. The course is open to advanced undergraduates and may be taken for variable credit (1-6), depending on the student's plan of study. 

Undergraduate Students must have room for the 1-6 credits in their summer credit load.

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

Shannon P. Márquez, PhD, MEng

Additional Facilitators:
Yanick Vibert, DO, MPH
Idris Robinson, MPH

Program Calendar

Arrival Date: June 10, 2018

Departure Date: June 24, 2018

Itinerary Overview

Day 1 Travel Day Day 8  Afro-Cuban Culture
Day 2  Introduction to Universal Health in Cuba Day 9  Commercial Medical Services
Day 3  Public Health in Cuba Day 10  Popular Education in Cuba
Day 4  Maternal and Infant health Day 11 Well Being and Quality of Life
Day 5  Traditional Medicine Day 12 Biodiversity and Environmental Services
Day 6  Cuban Rural Health Day 13 Student Presentations
Day 7  Urban WASH Day 14 Marine Ecology

Program Fee - $3500

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

Due 03/16/2018 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due 05/01/2018 - $3000 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 Miami 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)
  • Additional meals and site seeing
  • Non-program related excursions
  • US domestic travel (and possible accommodations) to and from Miami

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.