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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)
Winter Break 1
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|Restrictions:||CWRU applicants only|
Winter Break 1
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|Program Sponsorship:||CWRU-arranged||Program Purpose:||Study|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Prerequisite:||No|
|Housing Options:||Hotel||Minimum GPA:||2|
|Courses Offered:||Bioethics||Program Director/Assistant Director:||Michelle L. Champoir-Burke (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|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|
WINTER BREAK 2017-18
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.