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BETH 315C/415C: Health and Health Care in Costa Rica: A Comparative Perspective
Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break 1
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Budget Sheets Winter Break 1
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 1 2015-2016 09/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 12/29/2015 01/07/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CWRU Short-Term Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate
Number of Credits: 3 Program Advisor: Michelle Champoir, Bioethics
Courses Offered: Bioethics Case Credit Type: Engineering Humanities Credit, Global and Diversity Credit
Deposit: $200
Total Program Cost:
Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, All meals, Housing Not Included in Program Costs: Flights, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Purpose: Study
Program Description:
Course dates December 29, 2015-January 7, 2016

Instructors: Suzanne Rivera, Ph.D., M.S.W. (Dept. of Bioethics), Michael Householder, Ph.D. (SAGES) & Kurt Rhoads Ph.D., P.E. (Dept. of Civil Engineering)

Program fee: $2,250
$200 (non-refundable deposit due upon application)
Note: Deposits will not be accepted between June 15th and July 7th. Please plan accordingly.
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.

The following items are included in the program fee:
  • Non-refundable deposit ($200)
  • Hotel lodging for duration of trip dates
  • All meals
  • Welcome reception
  • Field trips
The following items are not included in the program fee, but will need to be paid by participants:
  • Return airfare from CLE. Students are encouraged to contact STA travel to book the preferred flight.
  • Case Western Reserve University tuition and fees*
  • Additional meals
  • Passport application fee
  • Visa application fees (if applicable)
  • Pre-departure doctor visits
  • Pre-departure immunizations (if applicable)
  • Personal spending money
  • Reading materials
*Visit the Case Western Reserve University Controller’s web page for current tuition, fees and taxes.

All payments (with the exception of the deposit) will be billed to the Case Account that will be created when you register for the course.  The fee will be added when the course is added.  If you withdraw from the course, the fee will not drop.  The fee is non-refundable per the financial agreement.
The initial deposit of $200 should be paid to the Office of Study Abroad.