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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/22/2019 03/08/2019 05/25/2019 06/08/2019
Program Description:
Public Health Cuba

Public Health in Cuba
GCHB 6860
3-credit graduate course
Havana, Cuba
May 25 - June 8, 2019


About the Program:
The Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences with the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University offers a graduate summer study abroad program in Cuba. This two-week course addresses how the Cuban government has prioritized the development of universal health care, with a special emphasis on the efforts to strengthen primary health care and to articulate it with more complex levels of care. The course contextualizes and analyzes the programs to prevent infant mortality and to prevent and control infectious diseases such as polio, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, and HIV, as well as the economic and political context in which these public health initiatives developed. The three-credit course takes place in collaboration with the National School of Public Health (ENSP) in Havana. Course activities take place in Havana and in rural areas.
Learning objectives:
a) Analyze the development of the Cuban health system within its economic and political context.
b) Analyze the efforts of the Cuban health system in reaching universal health coverage.
c) Identify the achievements of the Cuban health system in maternal and child health and in the elimination and control of infectious diseases.
Faculty Director:
Dr. Arachu Castro, Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America, Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
This program is offered to graduate students only. Students will receive credit in GCHB 6860 (3 credits).
PROGRAM COST: $2,750-3,750*
Local tuition
Shared room and three meals at day at the ENSP
Medical insurance
Specialized tours and outings
Farewell dinner
Not Included:
Airfare to/from Havana 
    **The program will advise about purchasing airfare yourself.
Incidental costs
Extra meals and expenses
GCHB tuition (separate fee)

*The cost of the program will depend on the number of students enrolled (the range is approximately $2,750 - $3,750). More information on the program price will be posted as applications come in.
Graduate students interested in applying must be in good academic standing, have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Intermediate-advanced to fluent skills in Spanish language is required. Non-Tulane students are also welcome to apply to this program but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer.
Complete applications will include:
  • Student’s general and academic information
  • Personal statement of intent
  • Official copy of transcript
  • One letter of recommendation (for non-Tulane students only; sent separately from portal by email to
  • Copy of front page of VALID passport - Copy of front page of VALID passport. Note: Passport must not expire within six months after program end date. If your passport is expiring before December 8, 2019 please apply for renewal right way. 
  • $300 non-refundable deposit (by credit card online, OR by check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.) 

For questions about this program, contact or call 504-988-5391.

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