Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

International Programs

The Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University offers an exciting course option on its Summer in Cuba program in Public Health: Primary Care in Cuba

CANCELLED for Summer 2020

This four-week undergraduate course, in collaboration with the National School of Public Health in Havana, addresses how the Cuban government has prioritized the development of universal healthcare, with a special emphasis on the efforts to strengthen primary healthcare 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.

A pre-requisite language course of SPAN 3040 at Tulane University (or equilvalent) is required. Classes will be held four days a week during morning blocks at the Escuela Nacional de Salud Pública (ENSAP). Credit for the course will be listed as a LAST-3960 special offering (3 credits), but will count towards a Public Health major at Tulane.

Students stay in the Asociación Nacional de Agricultores Pequeños (ANAP) residence, which is within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and several cultural venues. As a second course, students will take a Cuban society and culture course (taught in English by Tulane faculty) during afternoon blocks. In addition to field trips in and around Havana, there will also be visits to health facilities in Havana and in rural areas. The cost of the 2019 Summer in Cuba: Public Health option is $5,900.

For questions related to coursework on this program, please write to directing professor of this course, Dr. Arachu Castro, at

For application information and details on program cost, visit our Summer in Cuba page.