Study Abroad in Cuba

Havana

Havana, Cuba’s colorful capital, is known for the Spanish colonial architecture of its 16th-century Old Havana core, including Castillo de la Real fort, now a maritime museum, and the pre-revolutionary Capitolio. 1950s American-made cars line the city’s streets and rumba groups play in the painted alley Callejón de Hamel. Salsa emanates from clubs and cabaret is still performed at the famed Tropicana.

William Cunningham DO, MHA currently serves as the Associate Dean for Global Health and the Director of the Institute for Global Health (IGH) at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. Dr. Cunningham was instrumental in the formation and approval of the Masters in Global Health and Certificate program that will matriculate students in January of 2020. In his current capacity of Associate Dean, he is responsible for advocating on the behalf of the four health care colleges at MSU for the education, research and cultural awareness of their graduate students. Additionally, IGH provides Study Abroad programs, such a Cuba, for pre-professional students interested in the delivery of health care in a global context.

Dr. Willyerd has organized MSU trips to Peru since 2009.  He is passionate about offering students the opportunity to see health care in different parts of the world.  CLICK HERE to read an article on the Peru experience for students of MSUCOM.

René C. Hinojosa is Professor Emeritus in the Urban and Regional Planning Program, School of Planning Design and Construction, adjunct professor of the Department of Geography and the Institute for Global Health, Michigan State University. He has organized several study abroad courses including programs in Japan, Mexico, Italy, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and served in numerous university, college and departmental committees.

William Cunningham DO, MHA currently serves as the Associate Dean for Global Health and the Director of the Institute for Global Health (IGH) at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. Dr. Cunningham was instrumental in the formation and approval of the Masters in Global Health and Certificate program that will matriculate students in January of 2020. In his current capacity of Associate Dean, he is responsible for advocating on the behalf of the four health care colleges at MSU for the education, research and cultural awareness of their graduate students. Additionally, IGH provides Study Abroad programs, such a Cuba, for pre-professional students interested in the delivery of health care in a global context.

René C. Hinojosa is Professor Emeritus in the Urban and Regional Planning Program, School of Planning Design and Construction, adjunct professor of the Department of Geography and the Institute for Global Health, Michigan State University. He has organized several study abroad courses including programs in Japan, Mexico, Italy, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and served in numerous university, college and departmental committees.

Mr. Marinez has several trips to Dominican Republic and it’s in charge of coordinating the students courses on site with the support of international academic partners as well as medical institutions. For his vast experience on field he is a great ally in your study abroad experience.

OST 688: Global Health: Cuban Healthcare Delivery System (6 credits)

Dates: March 21st- April 04th , 2020

The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the health care delivery model in Cuba while experiencing the country’s rich culture. During the first week students will explore the public health and community medicine model by on site observation and the delivery of community health clinics, maternal health, pedriatric and geriatric care. The second week will consist of students rotating through the departments of three main teaching hospitals in Havana. There will be lectures and presentations by Cuban health care officials and clinicians and opportunities for students to closely observe and participate in the care of patients while learning about Cuba’s history and culture.

It is the discretion of the Course Director to determine which students may participate. An interview may be required.

For more information, please contact  Study Abroad Office of IGH.

  • 4th year COM or CHM medical student or graduate nursing student
  • In academic good standing for COM and minimum 2.5 GPA for nursing students
  • Conversational Spanish Encouraged

The Office of Study Abroad offers scholarships to students who participate in MSU’s study abroad programs. Details here

OST 000: Global Health: Cuban Healthcare System and Culture (3 credits)

Dates: May 09th – May 23rd, 2020

The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the health care delivery model in Cuba while experiencing the country’s rich culture. During the first week students will explore the public health and community medicine model by on site observation and the delivery of community health clinics, maternal health, pedriatric and geriatric care. The second week will consist of students rotating through the departments of three main teaching hospitals in Havana. There will be lectures and presentations by Cuban health care officials and clinicians and opportunities for students to closely observe and participate in the care of patients while learning about Cuba’s history and culture.

It is the discretion of the Course Director to determine which students may participate. An interview may be required.

For more information, please contact  Study Abroad Office of IGH.

  • 2nd year COM or CHM medical student or undergraduate nursing student
  • In academic good standing for COM and minimum 2.5 GPA for nursing students
  • Conversational Spanish Encouraged

Please fill out both forms.

The Office of Study Abroad offers scholarships to students who participate in MSU’s study abroad programs. Details here

“Local primary care clinicians must see each of their patients once a year. If a patient has a contributing risk factor such as diabetes or hypertension, the doctor must see their patient twice a year, with one encounter taking place at the patient’s house.”

-IOMO President for the class of 2019 Jake Sadle