This program is ideal for those who want to pursue health studies in Latin America. The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS), in partnership with Hospital Clínica Bíblica, offers an eleven-week program to provide university students in the health fields an opportunity to improve their language proficiency and interact with Spanish-speaking patients and their families, while gaining a more in-depth understanding of healthcare in Latin America.
Open to students with a minimum of one year of college-level Spanish or the equivalent required
Completed API application
University contact information form
One letter of recommendation
Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)
What You’ll Study
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 semester credits
This program is ideal for those who want to pursue health studies in Latin America. The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS), in partnership with Hospital Clínica Bíblica, offers an eleven-week program to provide university students in the health fields an opportunity to improve their language proficiency and interact with Spanish-speaking patients and their families while gaining a more in-depth understanding of health care in Latin America.
The API program fee includes a total of 12 credit hours, consisting of one Spanish language course plus three health-related content courses. Students who wish to complete a fifth class (offered on Friday mornings) would be charged an additional course fee. Two of the courses offered will be taught under the care of Hospital Clínica Bíblica, Costa Rica’s largest and most prestigious private hospital with over 70 years of experience.
ICDS participants will enjoy two weekends with academic field trips, as well as an additional API group excursion and other cultural events.
Through the Clínica Bíblica, ICDS is able to offer students the option to observe rotations with local doctors. There will be 10 spaces available in the winter program and students will observe the doctor’s rotations on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (so as to avoid time conflicts with coursework). The option has no credit attached to it. Interested students will be required to demonstrate an advanced level of Spanish proficiency. Students who do not meet this language level have the opportunity to participate in volunteer work relating to social work.For more information on this option, contact the API San José Program Manager.
Transcripts are issued jointly by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS). Universidad Latina is accredited by the National Council of Higher Education, National Accreditation System for Higher Education (SINAES) and Red Iberoamericana para la Acreditación de la Calidad de la Educación Superior (RIACES). Universidad Latina also is a Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for project management education programs.
Students typically complete four courses for a total of 12 U.S. semester credits. All students will complete a Spanish language course along with the three health-related core content courses listed below. Students wishing to earn a total of 15 U.S. semester credits may elect to complete a Tropical Diseases course for an additional fee.
The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) issues credit according to the American system; the majority of courses are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits. Some language courses meet for a total of 60 contact hours and are equivalent to 3-4 U.S. semester credits.
Intermediate Spanish for Healthcare
Este es un curso de español para propósitos específicos, diseñado para personal de salud. El objetivo del curso es profundizar en el conocimiento del español en el área de salud y en particular, mejorar la competencia comunicativa en situaciones específicas con pacientes hispanohablantes.
Este es un curso de español para propósitos específicos, diseñado para personal de salud que tenga un conocimiento amplio del español y que necesiten mejorar su competencia lingüística para interactuar con pacientes hispanohablantes y sus respectivas familias.
Economics concerns the allocation of resources so as to obtain the maximum benefit at the minimum cost. Students will learn how the price system functions to allocate resources within the healthcare industry; how to frame allocation questions for decision making; how to measure benefits resulting from survival and from higher life quality; how to account for risk as a probability event in insurance; and how to account for long-term financing. The course will also familiarize students with the regulatory structure in health care and the role of government financing. The Latin America experiences in health care will often be discussed in class.
The first half of the course covers the basic workings of a market economy and a price system and the economist’s approach to cost-benefit decisions. The second half of the course covers valuation methods used with medical research and with financial planning in the healthcare industry. Costa Rican and Latin American experiences will be discussed and they could be subject of evaluation (some specific readings will be handled to students along the course).
This course is intended to create a unique interdisciplinary professional experience for students interested in Latin American and Caribbean health issues. Within the field of public and private health, its particular focus is on public health assessment strategies. Through this course, students will be exposed to current challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean and thus able to reach an understanding of the way global public health issues unfold in the region.
The course provides students with definitions and updated material that would open them to opportunities such as examining issues related to the people, places, and politics to assess the delivery and quality of healthcare in Latin America. Students prepare for each class by first reading and reviewing chapters from the text. The instructor will give highlights in class of major concepts for each week ́s material. With classes involving formal and interactive sections where students will work independently or in groups to develop investigative, writing and presentation skills, as well as participate in open class discussions.
Vulnerable populations, those with special needs for or barriers to care, have a significant impact upon health care, both in terms of meaning and delivery. This course looks at the meaning of health through the eyes of various distinct vulnerable populations.
This program is intended to create a unique interdisciplinary professional experience for students interested in Tropical Medicine and Diseases. Tropical medicine research holds a special place as an important activity that as a consequence of multiple factors, such as globalization and migration, has extended and reaffirms its importance not only in tropical developing countries but also in non-endemic areas in the developed world. The different aspects related to the practice of tropical medicine and their multiple components need to be frequently visited. This course provides students with definitions and updated materials that will allow the student to learn about the majority of common tropical diseases.
NOTE: This course is offered for an additional fee.
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API San José programs. All excursions are subject to change.
During this international trip, students will absorb the Nicaraguan culture by trying the typical foods and interacting with the locals. Students will also learn about the local history by visiting Granada city and islands – Masaya and San Juan del Sur.
Depending on the term, students will either participate in this excursion or one to Panama.
Students will have the opportunity to better understand how public health care services work in a rural area. Among the highlights of the trip, students will visit a small public clinic, as well as private practices to explore the differences between public and private healthcare systems in the country. They also have time to explore the beautiful towns of Atenas and Sarchí and learn more about Costa Rica’s culture and traditions.
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Students participating in a semester program with the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) have the option to live either with a host family or in a new student residence as part of the standard program fee. Within the residence, all students have their own bedroom and bathroom within a larger suite of rooms that includes a kitchen (shared among a total of 3-4 residents). These suite-style accommodations may be shared with students outside of API. Students who prefer an efficiency-style suite (i.e., not shared) may do so for an additional fee. Unlike the host family placements, students selecting the student residence are not provided with meals as part of the program fee. API can recommend local restaurants with modestly priced breakfast and dinner options for students who do not wish to prepare all of their meals.