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Students in Costa Rica 2019

Costa Rica Introduction to Global Health

Winter Break 2019-20   Students at Costa Rica Airport

Costa Rica

Dec. 28, 2019 - Jan. 9, 2020

*Dates may vary by 1-2 days

Directed by Debra McBride, M.A


Explore both rural and urban areas of the beautiful “Gold Coast” while learning the basics of Global Health and earning Tier II Cultural Perspective credits!

Applications Open!
Final Deadline Sept. 15, 2019

Join your fellow bobcats in Costa Rica over winter break to experience “Pura Vida” while studying the principles of global health including the connection between local and international health, the differences between healthcare systems and the social, cultural and environmental determinates of health.

After an overnight stay in San Jose, we will depart over the mountains for the Oca Peninsula and the Corcovado National Park area. We’ll spend several days in this rural area including New Year’s Eve. We will have excursions in the mornings, while studying Global Health topics in the late afternoon. In your free time you can walk the beach, ride horses or opt for other available activities. 

The next stop will be the city of Quepos and the Manuel Antonio National Park and Seashore. We will have a guided tour of the national park where you may see sloths, monkeys, colorful birds and insects as well as one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Here we will also learn more about the Costa Rican health system and the relationships between the environment and health.

We will end the trip back in San Jose where we will visit a local clinic or hospital and tour a coffee plantation. A special farewell dinner awaits you on the last night.

Good to Know

Some locations will not have access to wi-fi or cellphone services (including local cell phone providers), including over New Year’s Eve. Students should expect a moderate to strenuous level of physical activity on this program, including longer distance hikes on uneven and remote terrain in hot weather. 

Student Zip Lining in Costa Rica


 Open to OHIO undergraduate, graduate and 
 medical students interested in Global Health.

 Must have a 3.0 GPA or be in good academic standing  (Medical students).

 Check the  Office of Global Opportunities  link to the Policy
 on JudicialStanding for study abroad participants.

Lunch at Corcovado National Park


Living Arrangements

Students will be housed at hotels and in shared cabanas.

Some locations will not have access to wi-fi or cellphone
service including over New Year’s Eve.


Learning about local flora  


 Students will participate in day excursions including hospital
 and clinic visits, the Corcavado National Park,snorkeling, 
 hiking, Manuel Antonio National Park, zip lining and a
 coffee plantation visit. Be sure to save money and room in
 your bags for coffee and chocolate to bring home!


Lecture at Turtle Sanctuary

 Courses & Credits

 IHS 2210: Introduction to Global Health (3 OHIO credits - Tier II Culture)

 IHS 5210: Fundamentals of Global Health (3 OHIO credits)

IHS 3934: Global Health: Interprofessional Experential Learning (3 OHIO Credits - IPE Course credit)




Application Process

OHIO University Students: Complete the   GOIS Online Program Application

  • Academic and Judicial Checks: An academic and judicial check on all OHIO students is conducted before application and prior to departure.

Non-OHIO University students:   follow the   Non-Ohio Graduate or Undergraduate Instructions   to enroll as a non-degree student at Ohio University before you apply for the Costa Rica Introduction to Global Health Program.

Post Nomination Checklist

Please refer to the   Global Health Program Checklist PDF   for instructions on submitting additional information once you have been nominated for a program. This checklist also includes information on course registration for programs.

Funding Opportunities

Information on Costa Rica

CIA World Factbook

Health and Safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  U.S. State Department   site for information related to safety and security at this destination. Also refer to  International SOS   for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Entry and Exit Requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport now.

It is each student's individual responsibility to determine the entry and exit requirements specific to their personal situation. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. The following information will hold true for most U.S. passport holders. U.S. citizens may need  a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates, if you have recently visited the country, or if you plan to travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program in order to determine your appropriate course of action.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here.

Hospital Visit in Quepos  

 For more Information, please contact:  
  Debra McBride, M.A.