- 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.
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