International Programs

Panama - PHC 6765 International Health Education


¡Bienvenidos a Panamá / Welcome to Panama!

Program Overview for PHC 6765 International Health Education 

This course provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on health education experience at a community level in an international setting. Students will prepare online and travel to Panama and work with a semi-rural community on health education interventions that are culturally, literacy, and linguistically appropriate. Students will also learn about the Panamanian public health system, formative research activities and different health topics including, but not limited to:

  • Vaccination program
  • Nutrition
  • Maternal and child health
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual and reproductive health issues
  • Water management


Arlene Calvo, PhD

Arlene Calvo, PhD

Frequently Asked Questions

Program cost: $1,500 – 2,000 per student

Program cost includes:

  • Ground transportation to/from airport
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Local transportation to program sites
  • Planned excursions and events
  • Closing cultural event (including dinner)
Program cost does not include:
  • Tuition and fees
  • Airfare
  • Meals (other than listed above)
  • Personal spending
  • International travel insurance
Program Number:  AC2017357/1102 - COPH - International Health Education Course

Program Dates: March 11-19, 2017

Payment Deadline Dates (all deposits made are non-refundable unless the program is cancelled):                                                           

  • 1st payment:  2-Dec    $250
  • 2nd payment: 10-Jan   $650                      
  • Final payment: 10-Feb  $600 -$800- remaining balance (adjusted) based on number of students

Payment Instructions:

(note- failure to follow these instructions exactly as noted, may delay or prevent processing and may jeopardize fulfillment of payment by deadline)

CHECKS: checks should be made payable to “USF HPCC”.
On the memo line of the check note:  Provide student name and the following program number: AC2017357/1102 - COPH - International Health Education Course
    • Mail checks to the below address:
      USF HPCC
      P. O. Box 628263
      Orlando, Florida 32862-8263
      -  (Please allow 3-5 business days for processing)
CREDIT CARD: Credit card payments will incur an additional 3% credit card service fee.  Students paying by credit card should call 813-224-7860 which is the HPCC main line and multiple people are able to assist with credit card processing. All major credit cards are accepted.  Students will be required to provide student participant name and the program number: “AC2017357/1102 - COPH - International Health Education Course”  to the HPCC phone agent.

Students will stay in double occupancy hotel rooms and will have a variety of opportunities to interact with other students and faculty. There are cafeterias and restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel offering reasonably-priced food. Internet access is available in the hotel but connection may be slow.

USF requires that program participants purchase emergency medical and evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. The insurance is provided by UHCG . Please note that the USF insurance does not include travel insurance, which includes things like: trip cancellation coverage, theft of luggage, additional costs due to delays in travel time, pre-existing conditions, or on-going medical treatment. Those who plan to travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S. If not provided through your domestic health insurance carrier, this can be purchased separately through UHCG or through another agency.

Participants' safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Because of the added stresses associated with operating in a foreign culture and language, even the safest foreign locations are likely to carry more risk to your safety and health. For this reason it is vital that you learn as much about the places you will be traveling to; the more you are familiar with the host country's geography, culture and language, the safer you will be. All participants will be required to attend this SA program-specific orientation and sessions. In addition to these sessions, the COPH office of International Program will provide other important safety information prior to and during the SA program.

The majority of USF's study abroad programs involve a great deal of walking, and in some cases hiking and trekking. The Panama program is a largely resident-based program. Nevertheless, students will be required to climb stairs, and walk a great deal, even if taking public transportation. If you have any concerns regarding your health (mental or physical), please consult your doctor, and the faculty and staff of the COPH International Program prior to the Panama program! Generally, the climate in Panama is similar to Florida during the summer: hot and humid; this requires stamina. Air-conditioning is widely available and will require dressing in layers to adjust to the heat outside.

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