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Cuba Comparative Health Systems


Immerse yourself in the language, culture and history of Cuba as you explore the Cuban Health Care System.

** Due to the high cost of airfare this year to Cuba, we have chosen not to run this program during Spring Break 2018.  We do plan to run the program in 2019.  Stay tuned!  

Applications due October 1

1 Week – Spring Break 2019 

Havana, Cuba

Program Director, Dan Skinner, PhD, 

Students outside the Allendale Medical Center


Experience this island country and its people as they begin their own journey in a more open world after decades of isolation. Learn how, despite this isolation and limited resources, Cuba built a health system known for effectiveness, a preventive approach and commitment to train health providers from other low-resource countries.  Interact with local health care professionals at clinics in Havana and in a nearby rural village. Explore the culture and history of Havana, a grand old city by the sea.


Open to OHIO medical, nursing, and other health professions students with Junior or Senior standing in good academic standing (Heritage College) or at least a 3.0 overall GPA.

View from the ResidenciasLiving Arrangements 

Lodging with other students in residencias. Your meals will be taken together in the home where you’re staying. Residencias are located right off one of the main thoroughfares in Vedado. In each residencia, students will be housed in double, triple or quad rooms, sharing a bathroom. Each residencia has a small safe/security box for students' valuables.


Enjoy an historical tour of Havana.

Participate in Salsa and Cuban dance lessons.

Courses & Credits

    IHS 2900: Special Topics in HSP (3 OHIO Credits)

    IHS 5900: Special Topics in HSP (3 OHIO Credits)

    STDYCUB: International Study Cuba (0 Credits)


The student budget worksheet on the program webpage will provide a breakdown of costs:

PLEASE NOTE: the program fees will be updated in the Fall; the costs below reflect the Spring 2017 program and not the upcoming Spring 2018 program.  

  Undergraduate Students

  Medical Students

   *Non-resident surcharges waived for this program.

OHIO University and the Office of Global Opportunities will bill your program fee to your student account once you have registered for your classes and enrolled in the STDY course. 

The program fee payment is due with your Spring Tuition payment.  For more information about tuition and due dates, click here.

What does the program fee cover? 

  • Student Cuban Entry Visa
  • Accommodations in Cuba
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily (some lunches are also included and will be listed on your final itinerary)
  • Airport transfer
  • Excursions
  • International Medical Health Insurance (click here for more details about insurance)

What about airfare? 

The flight is a group flight paid as an out of pocket expense.    

Once all students have accepted their nomination to the program, the program coordinator will begin searching for a group flight.  We book a group flight because the terms of your visa require that you all arrive to Cuba together. 

We will search for the cheapest flight, and the faculty director will make the flight selection.  Below is an outline of the steps required to complete upon receipt of the flight itinerary: 

  1. Students will have 24 hours to confirm this itinerary and agree to the ticket price. 

Please note: that if you do not confirm your price in the time allowed, we risk having to search for a new flight and the ticket price may change.

  1. After the program coordinator receives everyone’s confirmation, a ticket is issued.
  1. At least 10 days later, the cost of the flight will be applied to your student account. 
  1. Students will have to pay this cost out of pocket. 

Please note: it is unlikely that financial aid will be applied unless you have received a travel award or special funding to cover the cost.  For more information about funding, click here.  

View of HavanaApplication Process

OHIO University Students: Complete the GOIS On-line Program Application.          

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

Post Nomination Checklist

Please refer to the Global Health Program Checklist 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

OHIO Students can apply to the Office of Global Opportunities Travel Grants      

OHIO CHSP and Heritage College students can apply to Global Health Travel Awards

Information on Cuba

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 US 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. A valid passport, valid for at least 6 months after the program end date, is required for entry into Cuba. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.

The Cuban government also requires that the traveler obtain a visa, which the Global Health office and API (onsite provider) assists with and is issued in collaboration with our sponsoring educational institution in Havana. The visa is specific to the education/study abroad category in Cuba. For general information about travel to Cuba, click here.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.

Cuba Car

For More Information please contact:


Global Health Inititiave   Phone: 740-593-2359

Program Director, Dan Skinner, PhD, 

Program Coordinator, Meredith Gartin, PhD,