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Bioethics: Health and Health Care in Costa Rica - A Comparative Perspective (BETH 315C/415C)
Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break 1
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Budget Sheets Winter Break 1
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2
Courses Offered: Bioethics Program Director/Assistant Director: Michelle L. Champoir-Burke (
Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: Engineering Humanities Credit, Global and Diversity Credit
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: $300
Total Program Cost:
$2,500 Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, All meals, Housing, In-country transportation
Not Included in Program Cost: Flights, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Description:
BETH - San Jose

Course dates January 2 - 12, 2018

Program fee: $2,500
$300 (non-refundable deposit due upon application)
Remainder of fee will be billed to CWRU account

Fee includes ALL meals.

In this multidisciplinary course, students will investigate health care delivery and environmental engineering challenges in Costa Rica. Students will study the affects, costs, barriers, ethics, and implementation of public health interventions such as vaccination and water quality engineering.

Students will gain firsthand experience of Costa Rican health care through field experiences at national hospitals, a peripheral treatment clinic in a smaller town, and observation of the work of an integrated basic health care team in a native reserve. In addition, students will participate in a water/wastewater project for two communities. Students will collect water quality data and help build a water treatment system to help prevent the spread of water-borne diseases.

Costa Rica has one of the most comprehensive health care and environmental management systems in the Western hemisphere. Despite a per capita GDP of only $10,000 per person, their citizens enjoy a longer life expectancy than those in the United States. Costa Rica is also a leader in the preservation of rain forests and the development of drinking water infrastructure. However, Costa Ricans do not have access to sanitation services.
This course is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students from any discipline. Prior to the trip, students attend six hours of lectures at Case Western Reserve University. Following the trip, students meet with instructors for an additional two hours, and will be expected to complete an original research essay.

The course will be integrated with community service experiences.

This program is currently not accepting applications.