Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

International Programs

Public Health in Cuba | GHSD 6160
Havana | June 14 – June 28, 2014 | 3 credit graduate course

The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University is offering a graduate summer study abroad program in Cuba in 2014. 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 (ENSP) 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 2014 program will depend on the number of students enrolled* and includes 3 Tulane graduate credits (transferable to other universities), breakfast, lunch and dinner and shared room at ENSP, specialized tours, medical insurance, airfare Tampa-Havana-Tampa, Cuban visa, and farewell dinner.

Program application:
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. Non-Tulane students are also welcome to apply to this program but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer.

Complete applications (application form, copy of transcript, and one recommendation) and a $300 non-refundable deposit are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 7th, 2014.
Click here to download the 2014 application.

For questions, contact Alison Rinehart at 504-988-5895 or at

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

Please note: The United States, through the Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations, only approves student travel to Cuba if students are registered in a degree-program and the credits earned in Cuba count towards that degree. No exceptions.

*The range is approximately $2,500-$3,500. More information on the program price will be posted soon. 01/23/14







Upcoming Events

Guantánamo Public Memory Project

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The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future.

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The exhibit will run from September 2nd to October 30th. All are welcome to stop by and see the exhibit during open hours of Jones Hall, or during one of the special events of the exhibit (to be posted).