Study Abroad - Health Systems in Cuba
Spend part of your winter break earning 3 credit hours in the fascinating island nation of Cuba. Health Systems in Cuba brings together undergraduate public health and nursing students from the University of South Florida and medical students from the University of Exeter (England) to provide students with a broad overview of development of public health, nursing, and medicine in Cuba.
During part of winter break (December, 11 – 19, 2017), students will visit a variety of public health and medical organizations in Cuba. During the visits students will learn about health services for Cubans and agencies whose mission includes health promotion and disease prevention. Agencies will include those related to environmental health, social services, rural health, nutrition, safety, and medical care. Students will also tour the historical city of Old Havana and the famous Museum of the Revolution.
Because of the interactive and collaborative nature of this course between two universities, students from each university will be able to compare health systems and practices in their home country and in Cuba. It is not necessary to speak Spanish, for the Health Systems in Cuba course, all visits will be translated into English.
University of SouthFlorida, College of Public Health
Ms. Orriola graduated from the University of South Florida with her master's degree in Public Health in 2006. Her faculty position at the College of Public Health began in 2010. Deidre has taught several study abroad courses in Panama, London, and Cuba. Her interests include maternal & child health, environmental health, HIV, and the use of social media as a learning tool.
College of Nursing
Dr. Visovsky received her Master’s degree from the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY, and is an acute care nurse practitioner in oncology. She received her PhD from Case Western Reserve University. Her research is focused on helping patients with cancer manage neuromuscular symptoms associated with chemotherapy. She has been taking students to rural Panama for the last 5 years for global community/public health clinical experiences. She attended the Cuba experience last Spring with the COPH.
University of Exeter,England
Program cost includes:
- Airfare (group flight)
- Pre-departure orientations
- Processing of travel Visa
- Transportation within Cuba
- Site visits, excursions and cultural events
- Most meals (daily breakfast and dinner are included)
- Entrance fees
- 24/7 International Assistance
Program cost does not include:
- Emergency Medical & Health Insurance (required by USF, see Medical Insurance section below)
- Passport fees ($170.00 for a new passport if needed)
- Some meals (lunches must be purchased by the student)
- Other expenses (souvenirs, personal spending, personal travel, etc.)
- Emergency Medical and Health Insurance
- Tuition and fees
- Undergraduate students in good academic standing
- Valid passport (must be valid for 6 months AFTER travel is complete)
- Application and if selected, an interview
- Read over this webpage and if the program seems like a good fit, click “apply now” at the bottom of the page
This program is currently accepting applications. Eligible students will be invited for an interview. The program will be capped at a maximum of 17 participants from USF. If you are accepted, the deadline for paying the deposit will be communicated in due time. The deposit is $500.00. The deposit will be deducted from the total price and all program fees are non-refundable, unless the program is officially canceled by the university.
First Payment is Nov 8th for $500
Second Payment is Dec 1 for $2657
If you are paying by credit card, your first payment will include a 3% fee. Please pay only $500 and the
additional fee will be added to you before you checkout
If paying by check, please pay only $500 and the 3% does not apply. Please send a check to the address below. Please include the info below as well with the check:
Activity: Public Health Cuba 2018
Program #: SA2018293/1122
Person(s) Attending: YOUR NAME
Please mail check AND this form to:
USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation (USF HPCC)
P.O. Box 628263
Orlando, FL 32862-8263
Many sources of funding can be found in the on the USF Education Abroad page here. Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad. Contact the USF Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 for further information. Note that it is the student's responsibility to meet program payment deadlines regardless of financial aid disbursement timeframe.
Looking for ways to fund your study in Cuba? Find resources here:
- Travel Health Information from the US Department of State, Cuba Information
- Travel Health Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Travel Health Information from the Food and Drug Administration
- Travel Health Information from the World Health Organization
- Hillsborough County Health Department Travel Clinic Website