- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Investigate public health policy, epidemiology, and issues of equity and access in Buenos Aires – one of Latin America’s largest cities. This program will provide students interested in public health, health sciences, development studies, and other disciplines the opportunity to scrutinize health-related challenges in urban environments. Students will learn from academics and practitioners associated with leading institutions in Argentina. Major topics of study include: •Social determinants of health •Chronic diseases in urban environments •Intercultural barriers to quality care •The political process of defining a public health agenda •Health needs specific to urban environments Learn from Argentinean health experts, authorities, and advocates The program will be based at ISALUD University, Argentina’s primary academic institution for public and private health managers and stakeholders. In addition to ISALUD faculty, program lecturers will include academics from Arturo Jauretche National University (AJNU) and practitioners from Hospital El Cruce. In order to encounter myriad perspectives on urban health-related challenges, students will engage with a diversity of Argentinean healthcare service providers and civil society advocates, as well as university medical students. Culture and language immersion The program will likely include a community stay in the municipality of Florencio Varela as well as an excursion to Tucumán in northern Argentina, Mendoza in the west, and/or to Neuquen in southern Argentina. Students will live with a homestay family in Buenos Aires for most of the semester. The program’s intensive language course will take place at the University of Buenos Aires’ Language Laboratory.
Each week, students will have lectures and intensive language instruction, as well as visits to academic institutions and community organizations engaged in health-related work. Buenos Aires is home to an impressive diversity of renowned institutions and highly engaged public and private actors working on health policy, research, delivery, and advocacy. Students will meet with senior public officials—including at least one former health minister—and other relevant health policy actors to learn firsthand about health-related initiatives and current challenges.
The tuition fee covers the following program components: •Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in: •Health systems from historical, social, and economic perspectives •Comparative approach to health systems and recent trends •The organization of Argentina´s health system and its functioning at different levels •Social determinants of health in urban environments •Argentina’s epidemiological profile •Seminar on Research Methods and Ethics •Intensive language instruction in Spanish •All educational excursions to locations such as northeastern and southern Argentina, including all related travel costs •Independent Study Project (including a stipend for accommodation and food) •Health insurance throughout the entire program period
- Setting Description:
- The city and surrounding metropolitan region (Greater Buenos) comprise more than 30 percent of Argentina’s population. The region is home to significant social and economic disparities and a range of health-related problems. These include the contamination of the Riachuelo basin in the city center as well as the presences of chronic diseases. It is a city of marked contrasts, where wealth and poverty coincide.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
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Based on 7 Reviews
- Experience with Public Health in Argentina01/09/20
I chose this particular program because I wanted to explore Argentina with a structured program that would guide me in studying and opportunities for travel. This program has a 2 month class, one month independent study or internship structure, which
I enjoyed because it allowed us to study concepts and then apply them for a month. My favorite aspect of this program was that it gave us opportunities we would have no way of accessing as American students otherwise, such as access into hospitals, clinics, and shadowing. Also, the excursions were planned by SIT directors, so we did not have to stress about travel plans unless we wanted to take independent trips. However, although I enjoyed this structure because I am not experienced in traveling, some students wanted to have more independence. I also enjoyed the homestay aspect of this program and feel that, along with the internship, this was a key part in improving proficiency in Spanish. I would recommend this program for a student who wants the support and structure of a program with other American students, but also wants experience with locals through an internship and by living with a family.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
My semester abroad in Argentina with SIT was a pivotal period in my life. The people, the mix of cultures, and the sense of adventure all caused me to fall in love with the country. The structure of the program taught me so much about public health in
Argentina. We were exposed to top specialists, traveled to different provinces, and engaged in various projects that left room for personal enhancement of our lecture content. Additionally, by traveling to other provinces outside of Buenos Aires, we were able to not only interact with the material we were learning, but also prepare for our independent internships or research projects. I believe that it is because of this that I as able to be successful and completely enjoy my time with the Red Cross Argentina. It is important to note that the quality of the program staff, really makes the program. I have studied abroad three times during college, and I have yet to encounter a program staff so genuinely loving and concerned with the welfare and enjoyment of their students. Go, go, GO!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Lost of travel, wonderful program staff, great for pre-health students!10/25/19
If you're a pre-health student, this program really allows you the opportunity to explore not only health systems from within the classroom, but also at the institutional level. I was able to shadow physicians and social workers, travel all around the
country, and meet wonderful mentors. Each of the program coordinators and mentors were so loving and helpful with my transition to life abroad, and I felt like I could come to them with any problems. The only thing that I would have liked to had more of in this experience is greater freedom with time. The program was highly structured, which was useful at the beginning of the program, but it would have been nice to have more time to explore the city without those long class hours. Overall, I would definitely go back!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- SIT is a great decision to study abroad, improve your Spanish and explore your host country.08/29/19
I had a wonderful experience studying abroad in Argentina with SIT. The directors were incredible and extremely supportive throughout the entire process. I also had an amazing host mom who made me feel at home and like a real daughter. The program includes
many excursions and I was able to see all parts of the country with the group- which meant no planning on my end. The excursions allowed me to visit hospitals, clinics and neighborhood resource centers, all which increased my understanding of public health and socioeconomic disparities that hinder access to health. I was also able to spend a month researching a topic I choose and enhanced my Spanish skills by giving interviews and writing a full report in Spanish. This program is not a traditional study abroad program and will take effort, but the returns are well worth it.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Life changing, yet challenging experience11/27/18
This was an incredible yet difficult program. I learned so much academically and personally. First, the classes were challenging but I learned SO much about the Argentine healthcare system and epidemiological profile of the country while improving my
Spanish 10 fold. I also made incredible friends that I know I will be friends with for the rest of my life. I loved my host mom and loved getting to know her and her family. I also loved that we got to do an independent research project on our own; I learned so much from this aspect. I loved learning about a big city, although it was overwhelming at times. If you are looking for a academically rigorous program that will push you personally and academically while improving your Spanish skills, this is the program for you!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Incredible semester with fascinating theme08/02/17
I had an amazing semester with SIT in Argentina. Living with my homestay family was a highlight of the trip, and the SIT staff work hard to make sure the homestay families are great. The classes were all public health themed and included many field trips
to health centers in Buenos Aires and other provinces, and I really liked SIT's focus on experiential learning. Writing my independent study project was also an amazing experience. The staff are so caring and helpful throughout the whole semester and really want you to have a good time. I would highly recommend this program!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- SIT study abroad changed my life for the better07/28/17
Argentina was amazing and my program was intense. Our classes were based in Buenos Aires but we did a lot of traveling (almost every 2 weeks!) to other provinces in the country, so it was a lot of flying and first-hand exposure to real world situations.
We visited hospitals, health centers and met with various professionals to learn about their healthcare system. Everything was in Spanish so it took me about a month to adjust, but by the end of it I was pretty much doing my own independent study project without a problem. Along with all the educational excursions, I got to see some really cool sites, visit wine country, go hiking and the most beautiful site I visited were the waterfalls at Iguazú, which is one of 7 natural wonders of the world. I highly recommend this program or any other program through SIT because they really will make your experience worthwhile.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend