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Study Abroad/Global Education

Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba

Spring/Summer 2015

This class offers graduate students an opportunity to study international public health issues by providing an intensive study of the public health system in Cuba. The class is offered in collaboration with faculty from the Cuban National School of Public Health. Seminar topics include: health status; the public health infrastructure; primary care and prevention services; maternal and child health; chronic disease; environmental health; program effectiveness; allocation of resources; international health programs; and social, political, and economic factors that influence health and health service delivery. Information on health systems in other Caribbean, Central American, and South American countries will be included in the coursework and presentations to provide context for understanding public health issues in Cuba.

Course Requirements 

Once student is accepted into the program, the student will register for the Colorado School of Public Health class 6633. Dr. O’Connell will provide class registration information. Students will attend three class seminars before the trip. Course readings will be completed before the trip and students will participate in class and on-line discussions based on assigned readings, before and during the trip. During the trip, students will have the opportunity to interact with Cuban professors and students, visit health facilities, and participate in a collaborative project with Cuban students. Students will complete two written assignments and give two presentations. Topics for these assignments will be selected from a list of public health focus areas. A literature review will be completed before the trip. Students will give a presentation on the literature review during the trip. Students will summarize their papers in a presentation to be given on the same day.

2015 Program Dates (tentative): 

Online portion of class begins: March 12, 2015

In class seminars (tentative): March 12, April 16, May 7 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm (all are on Thursdays)

Trip: May 22 - June 6, 2015

Class presentations: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 4:00 - 7:00pm.


Quick Facts

  • Course CBHS 6633
  • Faculty Joan O'Connell PhD​
  • Dates in Denver 
  • Online class begins: 
    • March 12, 2015 
  • Seminars: 
    • March 12, April 16, May 7 (Thursdays, 4 - 7pm)
  • Class Presentation: 
    • Thursday, June 25, 2015, 4-7pm
  • Dates in Cuba May 22-June 6, 2015
  • Cost Approximately $5,700
  • Deadline January 23, 2015 (applications processed as completed)
  • Credits 3
  • Program Advisor    Meghan Atherton​
  • Course Requirements  Interview with faculty, personal statement

Costs and dates tentative and subject to change.

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