|Winter Quarter 2019 – San José, Costa Rica||$12,295||Arrive Jan. 3, 2019 – Depart March 16, 2019||CRWQ|
|Winter Quarter 2020 – San José, Costa Rica||$12,295||Arrive Early Jan. 2020 – Depart Late March 2020 (TBA)||CRWQ|
Language Eligibility: Open to all levels of Spanish.
-Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPA, click here..
Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits per quarter.
Final transcript is issued by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.
San José, Costa Rica: Course Offerings at ICDS (International Center for Development Studies)
Winter Quarter Program: Healthcare in Latin America
The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS), in partnership with Hospital Clínica Bíblica, offers an 11-week Winter Quarter program in San José, Costa Rica called “Healthcare in Latin America.”
All students will take a mandatory “Spanish for Health Sciences” class (offered at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels), as well as 3-4 elective courses. Additionally, all students will complete 60 experiential learning/community work hours, alongside their classes.
- Spanish for Health Sciences – all levels offered (mandatory – 4 semester credits)
- Health Care in Latin America (mandatory – 3 semester credits)
- Health and Vulnerable Populations in Latin America (elective – 3 semester credits)
- Economics of Health Care Systems (elective – 3 semester credits)
- Tropical Diseases in Latin America (elective – 3 semester credits)
Please scroll down for course descriptions.
Students must have all the classes listed below pre-approved for credit by their home institution. Course offerings are subject to change.
For advanced Spanish speakers, experiential learning may take place through observational clinical rotations at Hospital Clínica Bíblica (All applicants interested in this option must complete an oral and written Spanish test before arriving to Costa Rica. The tests are done by ICDS’ Spanish coordinator via Skype). Intermediate and lower level Spanish speakers will complete community work related to social welfare services. A placement test will determine your Spanish language level.
Some of the healthcare courses are taught under the care of Hospital Clínica Bíblica, Costa Rica’s largest and most prestigious private hospital and ICDS’ close partner. A 77-year-old hospital, Clínica Bíblica is accredited by the Joint Commission International Accreditation and “boasts a 50 million dollar infrastructure (and new 35 million dollar hospital building) and “can handle anything from life-threatening emergencies and cutting-edge procedures, to medical checkups or a face lift.”
This course is designed to equip students and professionals in the field of health sciences with the necessary tools to acquire the linguistic capabilities that would allow them to interact with Spanish speaking patients and their families. Spanish for Health Sciences is an intensive 60-hour language course offered at basic and intermediate levels with the general objective of training students to speak fluently in Spanish, preparing them to interview patients, complete patients’ files, elaborate medical reports, and read texts of medical relevance effectively. The course uses a theoretical-practical approach with a communicative focus.
Health Care in Latin America (elective – 3 semester credits)
This course is intended to create a unique interdisciplinary professional experience for students interested in Latin American and Caribbean Health issues. In this course students learn how the price system functions to allocate resources within the health care industry, as well as how to frame allocation questions for decision making, how to measure benefits resulting from survival and from higher quality of life, how to account for risk as a probability event in insurance, and how to account for long-term financing. The course will also familiarize students with examples of how those questions are approached in Latin America. The case of the relatively successful universal public – mix health system that exists in Costa Rica contributes to enrich the students’ learning experience.
Health and Vulnerable Populations in Latin America (elective – 3 semester credits)
Vulnerable populations, those with special needs for or barriers to care, have a significant impact upon health care, both in terms of meaning and delivery. This course looks at the meaning of health through the eyes of various distinct vulnerable populations in Latin America.
Economics of Health Care Systems (elective – 3 semester credits)
Economics concerns the allocation of scarce resources. Health is an excellent testing ground for such an approach. You will learn how the price system functions to allocate resources within the health care industry. You will learn how to frame allocation questions for decision making, how to measure benefits resulting from survival and from higher quality of life, how to account for risk as a probability event in insurance, and how to account for long-term financing. The course will also familiarize you with examples of how those questions are approached in Latin America. The case of the relatively successful universal public – mix health system that exists in Costa Rica will allow you to take advantage of your learning experience.
Tropical Diseases in Latin America (elective – 3 semester credits)
Tropical medicine research holds a special place as an important activity that as a consequence of multiple factors, such as globalization and migration, has extended and reaffirms its importance not only in tropical developing countries, but also in non-endemic areas in the developed world. The different aspects related to the practice of tropical medicine and their multiple components need to be frequently visited. Three of the most important infectious terminal diseases in the world that significantly affect tropical areas are HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. These pathologies, together with other important diseases, represent relevant public health problems, particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The course provides students with definitions and updated material that will allow the student to learn about the majority of common tropical diseases.