Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

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Public Health in Cuba | GCHB 6860 | 3 credit graduate course
Havana | May 25 – June 8, 2019
THIS PROGRAM IS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY

The Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences within the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University offers a graduate summer study abroad program in Cuba. This two-week course addresses how the Cuban government has prioritized the development of universal health care, with a special emphasis on the efforts to strengthen primary health care and to articulate it with more complex levels of care. The course contextualizes and analyzes the programs to prevent infant mortality and to prevent and control infectious diseases such as polio, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, and HIV, as well as the economic and political context in which these public health initiatives developed. The three-credit course takes place in collaboration with the National School of Public Health in Havana. Course activities take place in Havana and in rural areas.

Learning objectives:
a) Analyze the development of the Cuban health system within its economic and political context.
b) Analyze the efforts of the Cuban health system in reaching universal health coverage.
c) Identify the achievements of the Cuban health system in maternal and child health and in the elimination and control of infectious diseases.

Students stay in the National School of Public Health (ENSAP) residence, which is located in Havana, with the possibility of staying in a rural area during the second week. The program includes ten days of lectures and visits to health facilities in Havana and in rural areas.

PROGRAM COST:
The cost of the 2019 program will depend on the number of students enrolled* and includes shared room and three meals a day at the ENSAP, visa, medical insurance, specialized tours and outings, and farewell dinner. Airfare to/from Havana, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost. We will advise students about purchasing airfare directly to Havana.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
Graduate students interested in applying must be in good academic standing and have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Fluency in Spanish is an asset; intermediate-advanced language skills preferred. Non-Tulane students are also welcome to apply to this program but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer.

APPLICATIONS:
Click here to access the online application via the Office of Study Abroad. Note: Non-Tulane students will be required to created an account and submit one letter of recommendation by email. Please review all application requirements carefully.

Application deadline: February 22, 2019. Students will be notified of acceptance the week following the deadline.

For questions about this program, contact gchb@tulane.edu or 504-988-5391.

Faculty director:
Dr. Arachu Castro, Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America, Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Please note: Due to current regulations, the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control only approves student travel to Cuba if students are (1) registered in a degree-seeking program and (2) the credits earned in Cuba count towards that degree. (i.e. You must be a current university student who will not have graduated on or before May/June 2019 to apply to this program. That does not include high school students, staff, or faculty from outside institutions; no exceptions. This program only accepts graduate students at this time.)

*The range was approximately $2,750-$3,750. More information on the program price will be posted as applications come in.

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Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce a two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and hear firsthand about the Cuban national literacy campaign from the teachers themselves.

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Please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.