||The School of Public Health is a unique partnership between the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany and offers an education based on cutting-edge research and practice-based experience. The School creates educational, research and public health opportunities for students to actively address today’s most critical global health problems and “Advance Health Locally and Around the World.”
The Center for Public Health International Learning and Exchange Program
Comparative Health Systems - The U.S. and Costa Rican Systems: Differences and Similarities
Learning Objectives: Specific learning objectives include the development and demonstration of knowledge and competence gained during the program; students, by the end of the program, will be able to:
- Identify the major components of any health care system and its required inputs
- Describe the social, economic, and political influences on the development of a country’s health care system
- Apply the concept of ‘trade-offs’ to the development of health care systems and the allocation of resources
- Apply social justice and human rights principles to the health care delivery systems of the U.S. and Costa Rica
- Analyze the distribution of services and resources afforded to meet the health needs of marginalized and vulnerable groups.
||The University at Albany School of Public Health was founded in 1985 as a unique partnership between the University at Albany and the New York State Department of Health, whose scientists hold faculty appointments in the School, and team up with UAlbany professors to teach and mentor students and conduct research. Our faculty is comprised of some 40 university-based, full-time faculty and over 125 faculty who have primary appointments at the Department of Health.
||Housing is included as part of the program. You will reside in apartments on the University at Albany campus.
Meals are included.
All transportation will be provided.
||Students from the University of Costa Rica should contact their program coordinator for information regarding program costs.
||To study at UAlbany as a visiting student your home university must select you and recommend you to UAlbany. Questions about the terms of the agreement between your university and UAlbany should first be addressed to your university. Visiting study abroad students receive academic and social support from the Center for International Education & Global Strategy (CIEGS).
I have been selected by my home campus, now what?
If you are selected by your home campus, you must apply to UAlbany using the special forms and procedures designed for visiting students. To be admitted, your application must be processed by the Education Abroad Office which is part of the Center for International Education & Global Strategy at UAlbany.
If you are not eligible to participate in the ESTA visa waiver program, a visa may be required. Please contact your home University for more information regarding the visa application process.
||Participants will visit:
- Whitney M. Young Health Center
- Katal Center for Health Equity, and Justice
- Law Enforcement Assisted Division (LEAD) Project
- Albany Medical Center
- Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
- Saratoga Migrant Worker Clinic
- Adirondack Health Institute
- Saranac Lake
- Saranac Laboratory Museum and TB Sanitarium
- American Cancer Society
- And many other public health related and cultural sites.
||To learn more about this program, please contact the CIEGS program advisor.
Tel: (518) 591-8172
Education Abroad Office
Center for International Education and Global Strategy
University at Albany
Science Library- G40
||New York is world-famous for culture, the arts, media, business, history, entertainment, fashion, international diplomacy, theater and world-class universities. When studying at the University at Albany, in New York capital city, you will have access to a wide range of exciting opportunities in a city rich with opportunity! Albany's 400 year history and heritage have shaped the City's urban footprint, complementing its natural setting along the waterfront and its reflection of historic architecture, major institutions, mixed neighborhoods, and diversity of residents. Our campus is in the center of New York's fast-growing TechValley, a hotbed of Research and Development, business, and entrepreneurial activity.
The Capital Region, as Albany is known, is home to 20 universities and colleges, 65,000 students, and nearly 800,000 people. The region is also a vibrant center for culture and entertainment. Among its attractions are the New York State Museum and Library and the Times Union Center, a major Northeast entertainment and sports venue. Exploring the city and its many festivals, or getting out into nature, are very much a part of the experience of the Albany region. We are fortunate to admire four different seasons and all that they bring with them! Our campus is within reach of exceptional skiing, snowboarding, and hiking in the Adirondack, Catskill, and Berkshire mountains, areas famed for recreational and cultural opportunities.
In addition, Albany's central location makes travel to New York City (only 135 miles away), Montreal, and Boston easy, making your access to resources and activities unlimited! Both Niagara Falls and Washington D.C. are within a day's distance too! You will find that Albany offers you the strategic advantage of all city life has to offer, without the big city expenses, in beautiful and scenic surroundings. Welcome to your home away from home.
Traveling to Albany
Many of our international students arrive in the U.S. at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City or Newark (EWR) International
Airport in New Jersey. If you are coming from Asia, we advise you to book your flight through Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTT), or other airports with good connections to Albany. If you are continuing by airplane to Albany, use only a direct, non-stop connecting flight from your arrival airport to Albany.
If you arrive at one of the New York City or New Jersey airports, you have to plan your own transportation to Albany. Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.
The Amtrak station is 15 minutes from campus and is easily accessible from NYC. Further information regarding train travel to Albany is available on the Amtrak website.
General Travel Advice
Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.
||Program Dates: Summer 2018
July 1: Arrive in Albany, New York from New York City
July 11: Depart for San Jose, Costa Rica.
||The University at Albany enrolls students in nine degree-granting schools and colleges including its Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy; and its Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Public Health, and Social Welfare.
The Uptown Campus, the University’s main campus, is located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany, and has been described as “a distinctive work of modern art.” Home to many of the University's Schools and Colleges, including the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, and Education.
The Uptown Campus also features the Performing Arts Center, the University Art Museum, and the Campus Center. The hub of student activity, the Camps Center includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, a cafeteria, banking facilities, a convenience store, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of both fast-food and healthy food options.
Outdoor recreational facilities include lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and several multipurpose playing areas, including a turf field for student recreational and intramural use. Indoor athletic facilities are dominated by the SEFCU Arena. With an arena seating capacity of nearly 4,800, the facility is home to NCAA Division I Great Dane basketball, and also houses a running track, a modern fitness center, a fully equipped athletic training complex. The Physical Education Center includes a pool, locker rooms, weight and wrestling rooms, a dance studio, and basketball, handball and squash courts. The facilities also include a 8,500-seat multi-sports stadium, home to football and men's and women's soccer.
The Downtown Campus, located at 135 Western Avenue in Albany, served from 1909-66 as the main campus. It houses the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Social Welfare, as well as the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Health Sciences Campus
The Health Sciences Campus, a former pharmaceutical complex located at One University Place in Rensselaer, is one of the region's booming bioscience research and high-tech centers. Its academic anchor is the School of Public Health, and its research facilities include the Cancer Research Center, home to the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, and the Center for Functional Genomics.