Roukema Center for International Education
Office of Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs
ARGENTINA: Public Health
- Term: Spring Break
- Location: Córdoba, Argentina
- Credits: 2 credits
- Disclaimer: All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible. Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.
Course Description (INTL 130-81)
Fragmentation is a common trait of most Latin-American systems. In Argentina the lack of integration among sub systems has a deep impact on health care access and financial sustainability, leading to exclusion, inefficiency, inequality, lack of transparency in administration and one of the highest burdens of household catastrophic out-of-pocket spending in Latin America.
The national budget, although within the average of the region, is insufficient to cover the health care needs of the uninsured and to fully address the imbalances in social determinants of health. We first present the organizational and financial structure of the health care system. We then analyze the system dynamics and local health care history, and we explore a few possible lines of action and reforms for the next decade.
Argentina‘s health care system is young and developing. Although access to health care is a constitutional right, and the system strives to be greatly inclusive, its own complexity and fragmentation undermine those efforts. Capacity building and political determination are needed to undertake the deep health care reforms ahead. Only then can the constitutional commitments for health care be fully honored.
The purpose of this course is to offer students a global vision of the Argentinean Health System, of health policies and healthcare delivery to communities. This course will also analyze transversal themes such as efficiency, equity and the quality of service delivery to patients in each of the sessions.
Educational visits are an important component of this program and provide different contexts in which to examine healthcare delivery and cultural aspect of Argentina.
[ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS]
- Meet with policymakers at the Ministry of Health of Córdoba
- Visit public and private hospitals/clinics in the city
- Spend time with a rural, public clinic
- Visit the Museum of Anatomy
- Learn about the work of the Palliative Care Foundation
- Participate in a Tango class
- Walking tour of historical and contemporary Córdoba
- Visit the weekend Arts Market/Flea Market
[ACCOMODATIONS & MEALS]
Students will reside in a centrally-located apart-hotel. Rooms include a small kitchen so that meals can be self-prepared if desired. All breakfasts are included, as well as some additional meals.
Program fee includes
: round-trip international airfare; comprehensive pre-departure and on-site orientation; health & security insurance; on-site accommodations; all breakfasts; all excursions and entrance fees; and in-country program transportation.
Program fee does not include
: tuition (part of flat rate tuition, unless you overload
); some meals; personal expenses
| Application Deadline
| Commitment &
$500 Deposit (non-refundable)
| Payment #1: $650
| Payment #2: $650
| Payment #3: $700
: A late fee of $35 will be assessed for each payment not received by the payment deadlines communicated to you by the International Programs Office.
: There will be a 3-day grace period before a late fee is assessed.
Scholarships are available for eligible applicants: http://www.ramapo.edu/study-abroad/scholarships/
Professor Cristina Perez
[FOR FURTHER INFORMATION]
The Roukema Center for International Education
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road - ASB123, Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA
Telephone: (201) 684-7533