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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break Program
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Program Sponsorship Indicator: SIUE
Program Description:



SIUE Costa Rica Service Program - Public Health

This course will examine human’s impact on the environment and how that in turn impacts human health in the US and South America, with a focus on sustainability in Costa Rica. This course will provide an introduction to the identification, assessment, and control of environmental health risks and prevention of their negative impact on health. Comparisons of environmental standards, prevention and human health impacts will be made between the United States and Central America. Opportunities will be provided to develop and use foundational Spanish language skills.

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Academic ContentBlocks

PBHE 410 TS1 Environmental Health and Bioterrorism Perspectives in South America 3 credit hours
PBHE 489 TS1 Independent Study: Public Health Perspectives in South America 3 credit hours

These course options will be offered in the Spring of each year. All students participating in these travel study programs, whether for academic credit or not. are required to complete preparatory work before departure, complete work and assignments while in country and prepare a final project at the end of the spring semester to be determined in conjunction with the instructor.


Prices and Payments

$3,520 ApproximatelyBall

The program fee includes:
  • Air Ticket St. Louis to San Jose, round trip
  • Lodging
  • Most meals
  • Ground Transportation
  • Health and Evacuation Insurance
The Program Fee does not include:
  • SIUE tuition*
  • Meals on travel days
  • Books and Materials
  • Passport
  • SIUE Study Abroad Fee ($75)
  • Personal Expenses
* tuition is paid with the spring term course. There is no additional tuition for the Costa Rica portion.

Payment Schedule:
  • On application, but no later than October 15, 2018   $500  payment due
  • November 15  $1,100 due 
  • January 15 $1,100 due
  • February 8, 2019  Remaining balance of $820 due
Payments are made online through your study abroad application.


Contact Information


Michelle L. Cathorall, DrPH, MPH, MCHES | Assistant Professor of Public Health
Department of Applied Health | Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Campus Box 1126 | Edwardsville | IL | 62026-1126
Office: 618.650.2876 | Vadalabene Center 2604 | Fax: 618.650.3719 | My webpage | SIUE Public Health Student Alumni Facebook Group



Participants must be prepared to encounter cultural and social situations that require a high level of mature independence and respond appropriately to such situations.  Participants must be able successfully navigate transportation systems (air, train, bus, car) to the travel study destination(s) following all rules and laws pertaining to international travel and destinations.  Participants must be able to independently and collectively travel as a coherent group and maintain emotional maturity as warranted by the trip and its variety of educational experiences.  Participants must be prepared to independently walk long distances; carry personal luggage and groceries; walk up and down stairs; and navigate entrances and exits to public transportation, buildings, and cultural sites.   Participants must be prepared to encounter environments different from the United States which can include cigarette/cigar smoke, automobile exhaust, loud noise, congested streets and crowded public areas and a variety of other environments which may not be known except upon encountering them.  If you have any physical or emotional limitations, consider your health and capabilities carefully in consultation with your doctor before undertaking this trip. 


Dates / Deadlines:

This program is no longer accepting applications.