Beautiful Puerto Rico was heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017. As the island continues to struggle with recovery, the opportunities for service learning are wide. Students in PBHE 355, 462 or 489 are invited to join in the rebuilding effort on this Caribbean island. Those students will pay only the travel/program costs as this travel-study is part of the above fall semester courses.
On Puerto Rico, you will examine various aspects of public health and the public system in Puerto Rico. Potential areas of examination and service could include environmental sustainability, environmental education and programming, disaster response and relief, community development, and health and wellness education. You will also look at differences in the public health systems and services between Puerto Rico and the US mainland. This is a service opportunity . Participants will work with a community organization to help with public health related service. Opportunities will be provided to develop and use foundational Spanish language skills.
Introduction to Public Health
3 credit hours
3 credit hours
International Perspectives on Public Health
3 credit hours
Students participating in this program will have paid their tuition for these courses as part of the Fall semester.
* Open to non-majors. Interested students should contact Dr. Cathorall.
Prices and Payments
The program fee includes:
Health and Evacuation Insurance
The Program Fee does not include:
Books and Materials
SIUE Study Abroad Fee ($75)
SIUE Technology Fee (about $45)
$1,000 deposit payment will be due August 20, 2018
The balance of the payment schedule will be announced and posted here.
Payments are made online through your study abroad application.
Alice Ma, PhD, MPH, CHES | Assistant Professor of Public Health
Department of Applied Health | Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Campus Box 1126 | Edwardsville | IL | 62026-1126
Office: 618.650.3312 | Vadalabene Center 2630 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Depart St. Louis for San Juan, Puerto Rico, Hotel one night
Island of Vieques includes snorkeling, kayak, exploration
Travel to community for service work
Service work with frontline organizations in community development. Breaks include visits to El Yunque National Park and Old San Juan
Last full day on the island includes visit to another part of Puerto Rico
Return flight from San Juan to St. Louis
This itinerary is subject to change. Final itinerary information will be provided to participants by the program leader.
PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL DEMANDS OF THE PROGRAM
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.