Argentina

Epidemiology & Healthcare Management

Examine urban epidemiology, health inequalities, and the challenges of managing health services and policies to expand access to healthcare in Buenos Aires.

At a Glance

Credits

6

Prerequisites

3 Semesters Spanish, Relevant Previous Coursework

Courses taught in

Spanish

Dates

Jun 5 ‎– Jul 16

Program Countries

Argentina

Program Base

Buenos Aires

Critical Global Issue of Study

Global Health & Well-being

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Overview

Why Study Epidemiology in Argentina?

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.

More than 30 percent of Argentina’s population lives in greater Buenos Aires, a city with marked contrasts in wealth and poverty and related disparities in health. Through SIT’s close partnership with ISALUD, the nation’s top health university and think tank, you will learn from senior officials, health professionals, and advocates.

Excursions provide opportunities to compare epidemiological profiles and health service organizations in different areas. In Buenos Aires, you’ll visit private and public hospitals and community health centers to explore how epidemiology informs health management decisions, patterns and strategies, and explains how services are provided at different levels of care. In Mendoza, you will learn how primary healthcare data can help providers understand and improve access to health services as well as how local providers address health-related issues specific to the region. You will also develop your Spanish language skills through daily interaction with lecturers, healthcare practitioners, and host families.

Highlights

  • Study in Buenos Aires, home to renowned health institutions.
  • Examine significant health disparities and learn how local healthcare providers manage the needs of local populations.
  • Benefit from SIT’s partnership with ISALUD, Argentina’s top health university.
  • Learn Spanish with a focus on public health.

Prerequisites

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.

Excursions

Mendoza

Mendoza province’s well-established healthcare system is an excellent laboratory to analyze how different problems are managed by interdisciplinary teams, integrating efforts at different levels of care and the support of national, provincial, and local governments. During this six-day excursion, you will engage in collaborative research on selected case studies. Through visits to healthcare facilities and governmental health programs, and interviews with experts under the guidance of faculty members of the University of Aconcagua School of Medicine, you will gather information about epidemiological issues in the region, learn about patient management strategies, and discuss professional recommendations as you work on your case study research. You will also learn about the culture of Mendoza through visits to the Andes Mountains and the region’s famous vineyards.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.

Academics

Coursework

This program will provide students with an interdisciplinary approach and tools to understand key epidemiological issues and the foundations of healthcare organization. They will examine the relationship between epidemiological information and healthcare management through theoretical insights and experiential learning. Seminars are conducted in Spanish, allowing students to develop their language skills with a strong focus on public health, community welfare, and epidemiology. This program also prepares students to understand the role of epidemiology as a scientific discipline in the identification and analysis of health-related events and problems, and as a tool for health service management. During the final period of the program, students will complete a case study, applying epidemiological conceptual and methodological tools for the analysis of health problems affecting populations.

The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

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Key Topics

  • Health systems and health services organization
  • Contemporary healthcare management based on epidemiology data
  • Social determinants of health
  • Monitoring and assessing health conditions
  • Transmissible and chronic disease care management
  • Healthcare access and health equity

Epidemiology and Health Services Management

Epidemiology and Health Services Management – syllabus
(IPBH-3000 / 3 credits)

Epidemiology is the discipline that studies the distribution, patterns, and social determinants of health-related events in a defined population. Epidemiology research tools contribute to the study, design, collection, and analysis of data and evaluates possible solutions that can be achieved through organized medical attention, encompassing preventive medicine and the rationality of curative and rehabilitation procedures.

The field of epidemiology encompasses technical procedures, study design, and elaboration of health policies. Epidemiology also includes health management, including the economic costs of different courses of action and ways to achieve cost-effective health services.

Students learn how epidemiology informs health management decisions, highlights contemporary patterns and strategies, and explains practices of services at different levels of care. Lectures, discussions, and field visits by medical doctors, academics, and health professionals help students develop the critical thinking skills. The course features Argentinian experts in epidemiology, public health, health management, healthcare service providers, and advocacy. Lectures are held at ISALUD University in Buenos Aires, with field visits in Buenos Aires and an excursion to Mendoza province.

Spanish for Health Science

Spanish for Health Science I – syllabus
(SPAN-2003 / 3 credits)

Spanish for Health Science II – syllabus
(SPAN-2503 / 3 credits)

Spanish for Health Science III – syllabus
(SPAN-3003 / 3 credits)

Spanish for Health Science IV – syllabus
(SPAN-3503 / 3 credits)

Students hone their speaking, reading, and writing skills through classroom and field instruction. They read professional health science literature and the formal terms and local expressions needed to discuss health policy issues, conduct field research, and interact in settings (such as clinics, community associations, and government offices) related to the program themes. Students are placed in small classes based on an in-country evaluation that tests both written and oral proficiency.

Homestays

Buenos Aires

Your Buenos Aires homestay begins during orientation and continues throughout the six-week program. Living with a host family gives you an excellent opportunity to practice Spanish and participate in daily life in your neighborhood. Host families come from different social and cultural backgrounds and live in various neighborhoods around the city such as Almagro, Caballito, Monserrat, Barrio Norte, and Palermo. All homestay sites have good access to ISALUD University.

Other Accommodations

Small hotels or hostels

Career Paths

Alumni of this program have gone on to:

  • work in health services for immigrant populations, public health, and health research

  • pursue a PhD program implementing a program of “narrative medicine” in La Paz, Bolivia

  • conduct research as a Fulbright scholar in Mexico

  • work with the Peace Corps in Peru

Faculty & Staff

Argentina: Epidemiology & Healthcare Management

Ana Rita Díaz-Muñoz, PhD Candidate
Lucia Quiroga
Dana Merwaiss
Valeria Lliubaroff

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students.

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