Study Abroad in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. Though known for its pristine beaches, all-inclusive resorts and golfing, it has a varied terrain comprising rainforest, savannah and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. It has Spanish colonial history going back 500 years, and passionate merengue is its official music and dance.

Undergraduate students

OST 690: Global Health: Dominican Republic – Pre-Clinical Observation, Culture and Medicine (3 credits)

Dates: March 04th – March 11th, 2023 – Spring Break-

This program is designed to provide MSU medical students students exposure to clinical medicine and health issues related  to careers in medicine, public health, or other health professions. It offers learners a basic understanding of clinical practice in a foreign setting while focusing on seven core disciplines: clinical shadowing, culture (two lessons), the history of medicine, introduction to public health, introduction to infectious diseases, cultural competency in health care delivery, and introduction to HIV care.

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.

  • Undergraduate student or MS in Global Health students (COM) at Michigan State
  • 2.5 GPA required.
  • Must have a good understanding of Biology, Microbiology, and Physiology.
  • Must have respect for different cultures.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively
  • Students must  apply through Michigan State’s Office of Study Abroad, OEA form

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

Medical students

OST 690: Global Health: Dominican Republic – Health Care Delivery System & Culture (3 credits)

Dates: March 04th – March 11th, 2023 – Spring Break-

This program is designed to provide MSU medical students exposure to clinical medicine and health issues related  to careers in medicine, public health, or other health professions. It offers five (5) days of clinical practice in the Bateyes (Sugar canes) in San Pedro de Macoris (75km away from the capital of Santo Domingo) plus a cultural lesson focus on the understanding of the Haitian migration to Dominican Republic,  and 1 day of a cultural experience. This program started in 2020 and since then has been bringing students every year even during the pandemic of COVID-19. Slots are limited so its recommended to sign up 6 months in advance.

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.

  • First year or second year of medical curriculum (COM/CHM/CON) student or MS in Global Health students (COM) at Michigan State University.
  • 2.5 GPA required
  • Must have respect for different cultures.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively.
  • Conversational Spanish Encouraged

Please fill out both forms.

  • Students must  apply through Michigan State’s Office of Study Abroad, OEA form

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

Instructors of Record for OST 690 (undergraduate)

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 Dominican Republic, for pre-professional students interested in the delivery of health care in a global context.

Dr. Smith serves as the Director of the Learning and Assessment Center (LAC) at Michigan State University, which is an interprofessional center for healthcare education serving the College of Human Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Veterinary Medicine in addition to multiple graduate medical education and hospital based clinical education programs. She has integrated simulation methodologies such as immersive high fidelity simulations, in situ, hybrid and web-based instruction in academic and institutional settings since 1990. Her clinical experience includes Emergency, ICU/CCU, and cardiac stepdown. She is a certified Health Care Simulation Educator by the Society for Simulation in Health Care.

Dr. Rebecca Malouin is the Director of the Master of Science in Global Health Program and Associate Professor in Family and Community Medicine. As a health services researcher, she has a particular interest in the impact of and payment for new care models in primary health care.  Dr. Malouin has worked for globally-engaged agencies such as Helen Keller International and the University Research Corporation, as well as state health departments in Michigan and Maryland.  She is also the professor for the Capstone Course and the Introduction to Global Health Course in Global Health Studies.

Instructors of Record for OST 690 (medical students)

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 Dominican Republic, 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.

Dr. Shahed’s focus is on global health, community medicine, osteopathic outreach and medical education. During his medical training he helped develop global health curriculums, research projects, project grants and served as faculty preceptor and lecturer for medical students/residents under MSU Institute for Global Health. Dr. Shahed’s has residency experience by completing certificates in integrative medicine, faculty development and medical education which allows him to be today the program leader to this clinical offering in the Bateyes of Dominican Republic.