Costa Rica Study Abroad

The beach in Costa Rica.

BETH 315C/415C
Health and Health Care: A Comparative Perspective: Costa Rica and the United States

Winter Break 2025-2026* (tentative)

This course is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students from any discipline.

Approved for Global and Cultural Diversity Credit, College of Arts and Sciences;

Approved for Humanities Credit, School of Engineering

Course Description

In this multidisciplinary 3-credit hour course, students will investigate healthcare delivery in Costa Rica. We will study the effects, costs, barriers, ethics, and implementation of public health interventions and compare them to the U.S. standards.  

Students will gain first-hand experience of Costa Rican healthcare through field experiences at national hospitals, a peripheral medical center in a smaller town, and a rural clinic. Additionally, they will participate in service projects while abroad.

Program Cost

Cost for course

  • $1800 (cost from 2019-2020)

    • $250 deposit due with study abroad application

    • The remaining program fee will be billed to your CWRU student bill

Program fees cover lodging, all meals, course-related transportation, speaker fees, etc.

Program fees do not cover flight, tuition, additional food, passport or VISA fees, and activities or transportation outside of course.

How to Sign Up

  1. Complete the Application on Study Abroad portal (link to be added when available)
  2. Meet with Dr. Leah Jeunnette, Assistant Director of Education in Department of Bioethics, as part of the application process. Email her at
  3. Upon completion of application, register in SIS for course BETH 315C/415C for Fall 2021.

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