Why study public health in Argentina?
SIT staff and faculty are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Argentina. This program may begin with a two-week quarantine from September 14–28, and all students should plan to arrive on September 14 to reduce the need for an extended quarantine period. During this time students will undergo an orientation and begin their classes but have contact only with each other, the academic director, and SIT staff while taking all necessary protective precautions. Following the two-week quarantine, students will move to homestays and begin regularly scheduled activities and classes.
More than 30 percent of Argentina’s population lives in greater Buenos Aires. Living here, you’ll see marked contrasts of wealth and poverty and related disparities in health. You’ll benefit from SIT’s close partnership with ISALUD, the nation’s top health university and think tank. You’ll also have access to senior public officials and other health professionals and advocates.
Excursions will provide opportunities to compare health services and systems in different areas. In Buenos Aires, you’ll visit Garrahan Hospital, the country’s largest and most complex pediatric hospital. In Mendoza, you will learn about using primary healthcare to improve access to health services. In Tucumán, one of the country’s most impoverished provinces, you will learn about the role of civil society in promoting health. By volunteering with a Red Cross community project, you will experience how NGOs work together with governmental institutions to improve community health and living conditions
You will also develop Spanish language skills related to public health issues and practice through daily interactions with lecturers, healthcare practitioners, and host families.
- Study in Buenos Aires, home to renowned health institutions.
- Examine significant social and economic disparities in health.
- Benefit from SIT’s partnership with ISALUD, the nation’s top health university.
- Learn Spanish with a focus on public health.
Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in health sciences, political science, anthropology, sociology, or development studies, as assessed by SIT. Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework and assignments in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.