Global Health Studies
Maternal and Child Health – Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a fairly small country, but it is still one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. Visitors can explore the Pacific or Caribbean coasts, volcanoes, and rainforests and encounter countless species of mammal, insect, reptile, and bird. While the environment is impressive, there is much more to tempt visitors to Costa Rica. Adventure waits around every corner, and the unique culture of La Pura Vida beckons through food, music, and art.
This faculty lead trip usually takes place in the January intersession and will involve the following:
Day trips to the Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Garden, Gandoca Manzanilla Wildlife Refuge, Manzanillo Limon Rainforest, Cachabri Indian Village, Britt Coffee Plantation, and Puerto Viejo will provide students with the opportunity to experience the beauty of the local environment. In addition, students will volunteer at the Hospital Clinica Biblica, the Asociacion Obras del Espiritu Santo, the Hospital de Ninos, and providing healthcare to the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean coast. The experience will be one to remember for a lifetime!
This course explores the main concepts of global health and the critical associations between public health and key factors in disease burden. Critical thinking about disease, the determinants of health, how health status is measured, along with the influence of various factors including social, economic, and political issues on health of communities and individuals is emphasized. Discussion of specific disease states and key concerns of nutrition, infectious disease, reproductive health, child survival, communicable disease as well as chronic disease will be introduced to students. This course is global in scope but a focus on the developing world is included. This global emphasize comes through a trip to Puerto Rico with an exploration of the Puerto Rican public health system along with their culture. Students will volunteer in local venues, visit clinical sites, cultural sites, and the Ponce School of Medicine. The natural wonders of Puerto Rico will also be explored since environment plays a very important role in the health of the population.