If you've ever wanted to study abroad, but didn’t have the time or money to devote an entire semester to this pursuit, consider taking Global Public Health -Costa Rica during the Ohio University Winter Break 2013.
After a short overnight stay just outside the capital city of San Jose we will depart over the mountains for the beautiful South Pacific coast and Corcovado National Park with its own biological field research station. We’ll spend New Year’s Eve in that area, and in our days there cover the basic concepts of global public health. In your free time you can walk the beach, body surf, or enjoy your day off snorkeling or SCUBA diving (must be pre-certified for SCUBA; not included in program).
Next we travel up the coast to the city of Quepos where we’ll explore specific topics related to environment and health. While there you can tour the Manuel Antonio national park and seashore, home of beautiful vistas, wonderful beaches, and maybe even a sloth or monkey or two!
We end the trip back in San Jose, where we'll tour the city and discover some of the present day health problems (and solutions) of the country.
OU-HCOM and CHSP students are invited to apply for a Student Travel Award for this program.
December 29, 2013 - January 9, 2014
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until September 20, 2013. Spaces fill up fast so early application is recommended.
Eligibility and selection process
This program is open to all OHIO undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing.
Students who have a judicial record and will be on probation for a judicial offense at any point during the program may petition to study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
This program accepts applications from non-Ohio University students.
Courses and credits
Several course registration options are available but most participants enroll in the official OHIO 5 credit Tier III listing of T3-4700, Global Public Health. A course number for undergraduate or graduate independent study is available, and registration within a student's program area of study can be used providing it is approved in advance by the student's program advisor.
Additional Information on Costa Rica
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html.
US citizens may need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.
For more information on this program contact:
Grover Center W357
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840