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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba; Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Camden Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Camden Spring 2019 12/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/16/2019 03/23/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Type:
Camden Learning Abroad
Program Description:

Cuba Learning Abroad 1
For questions about your application, contact the Rutgers University-Camden Office of International Students & Global Programs at or 856-225-6832.

The Program

This Learning Abroad course introduces undergraduate and graduate students with an overview of population health through the lens of community development within the Republic of Cuba. The emphasis of this course is to provide an introduction to key concepts of the Cuban health care system and sustainable community development: Why they are important, and how connections among social, cultural, educational and environmental systems are core to successful community development and health. A second goal of this course is to provide a set of tools for students to utilize while interacting with the Cuban people in community, health and educational settings. A variety of techniques will be used to achieve course objectives, such as participatory lecture, case studies, discussions, team activities, service learning projects and individualized assignments, culminating in a rich learning experience in Cuba. Upon return, students will analyze how lessons from the Cuban experience can be applied to U.S. communities with vulnerable populations experiencing poverty, health disparities and poor health outcomes.

This course is part of a multidisciplinary effort and approach to teaching and learning about Cuba. As part of the Rutgers-Camden MOU with the University of Havana, this course joins efforts with nursing, community development, history, psychology, STEM and foreign languages. The course will include a service and experiential learning component with the following: non-profit, Organoponico in Alamar, Cuba; Jose Fuster's Jaimanitas Community Development Arts Project; Poli-clinicas in Havana City; Office of the Historian, Multigenerational Project in Havana; and San Geronimo College, Population Health Project.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1) Discuss the history of Cuba and cultural, social, political and religious factors that shaped the Country;
2) Analyze modern-day Cuba’s population health and their model of health care delivery;
3) Explain Cuba’s community development model of health care and their potential to reduce health disparities, and overcome barriers to care among vulnerable populations;
4) Identify key features of Cuban models of sustainable community development in the areas of work force development, housing, agriculture, education, environmental justice, health, and the contributions these approaches can make to improve health equity in the U.S. and beyond;
5) Strengthen individual conversational Spanish-language proficiency;
6) Develop increased cultural congruence and humility through community partnership.

Program Location(s)
Havana, Cuba

Faculty Director: Dr. Nancy Pontes, Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, School of Nursing-Camden
Course Number: 57:705:393
Course Meeting Dates and Times: Tuesdays from 6:00-8:50pm (1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 4/16)

Program Dates
Approximately March 16-23, 2019 (Spring Break)

Financial Information
Program Cost: Approximately $3,200

Program Cost Includes
Some meals
Travel Health Insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include
Course Tuition (all Rutgers students must register for the course to participate in this program)
Passport Fee (if you do not have a current, valid passport)
Visa Fee (if applicable)
Personal expenses while abroad (including certain meals)

*Please complete all components of the application, including passport number and expiration date.
*Upon completion of this application, the Office of International Students & Global Programs will register you in the course.
*Program cost is in addition to tuition, is approximate, and is subject to change.
*To withdraw, please contact the Office of International Students & Global Programs at Remember: once you sign the Camden Financial Responsibility Statement, you may be responsible for paying the entire cost of the program.