Program Details

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
Location:
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

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:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Please see our website for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.6

Based on 7 Reviews

  • Experience with Public Health in Argentina
    4.0
    01/09/20

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Life-Changing!
    5.0
    11/09/19

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Lost of travel, wonderful program staff, great for pre-health students!
    4.0
    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

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    Bottom 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.
    5.0
    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Life changing, yet challenging experience
    4.0
    11/27/18

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Incredible semester with fascinating theme
    5.0
    08/02/17

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • SIT study abroad changed my life for the better
    5.0
    07/28/17

    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.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend