Costa Rica San Jose

Study Abroad in Costa Rica San Jose

OST 695: Global Health: Costa Rica- Pre-Clinical Observation, Culture and Medicine (3 credits)

Dates: May 04 to May 11, 2024.

This course allows students to actively engage in patient-based learning experiences under the guidance of a clinician preceptor in collaboration, as appropriate, with interns, residents and/or fellows. The course goals include enriching students’ understanding of Costa Rican biodiversity and culture, the concept of One Health (Una Salud) and the global mobility of displaced Costa Rican citizens. Additionally, students should develop an understanding of endemic diseases and the healthcare delivery system (public and private) in Costa Rica. Course participants include students interested in the Spanish language, Latin American Culture, Biodiversity, One Health and health care delivery.

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

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  • Undergraduate students or MS in Global Health students at Michigan State University.
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.
  • Must have a good understanding of Biology, Microbiology, and Physiology.
  • Must have respect for different cultures.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively


Please complete your application by clicking here.

Applications are processed through Michigan State’s Office of Study Abroad.

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

Arpon Shahed, D.O., focuses 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 gained residency experience by completing certificates in integrative medicine, faculty development and medical education, which allows him to currently be the program leader to this clinical offering in the Bateyes of the Dominican Republic and an instructor for the Costa Rica new program.

Sung Soo Chung has worked for the Institute for Global Health since 2012. Chung has also worked for VIPP for more than 15 years and is responsible for new international higher education program development and implementation with Korea and other countries in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and North Africa.