Study Abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica

Courses - January Term 2018

Classes are taught Monday through Friday for a total of 45 hours.

History 323/HIS 3293 (3 credits) | Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine

Costa Rica’s health care system is socialized and ranks excellent in health indicators. The course focuses on the history and development of the public health care system within the context of the Costa Rican sociopolitical and economic situation. A strong emphasis is placed on how the system works, pointing out both its strong and weak points. An additional objective, of fundamental importance in understanding this system, is the study of Costa Rica as a tropical country, specifically the prevention and transmission of relevant tropical diseases.

Social Science 307/HHD 3070 (3 credits) | Conflict Resolution and Health Care

Health service delivery today encounters frequent conflicts, disputes and other difficult situations, many derived from larger changes occurring in health care systems around the world. These conflicts include differences due to multiculturalism; the appropriateness and quality of care; gender issues; power disputes and arguments between providers and recipients over institutional and funding policies. The costs and effects of violence will be part of this course, particularly in regard to the WHO definition of health. Costa Rican health care systems will also be reviewed.

This course offers a framework to integrate professional experience with functional communication and mediation skills. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their leadership on matters of public health.