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  • Locations: Alajuela, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica; Uvita, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Winter Break 1
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  • Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break 1
Dates / Deadlines:
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 1 2021-2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Sponsorship: CWRU-arranged Click here for a definition of this term Program Purpose: Study
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2
Program Director/Assistant Director: Leah Jeunnette, Bioethics (lsj11@case.edu) Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate
Case Credit Type: Engineering Humanities Credit, Global and Diversity Credit Number of Credits: 3
Deposit: 200 Click here for a definition of this term Remainder of Program Fee: $2550
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

Due to COVID-19 , International travel for Winter Break 2020 programs has been suspended. 
We are hopeful to offer Bioethics Study Abroad courses in Winter Break 2021-2022 and Spring 2022.  Inquiries can be sent to bioethics@case.edu.



WINTER BREAK 
Course dates December 31 - January 10, 2019

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.

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