Founded in 1844, the University at Albany is New York State's oldest publicly founded university. Located in New York’s capital city, it is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers a world of opportunity to over 17,300 students, including 1,800 international students from more than 90 countries. UAlbany's location in the state capital of New York provides students with limitless opportunities for public service and research through which you can gain experience, test your skills, and prepare to launch brilliant careers. The excellence of a UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work.
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
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.
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 Laboratory Museum and TB Sanitarium
American Cancer Society
And many other public health related and cultural sites.
About the Faculty
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.
All transportation will be provided.
Participants are responsible for their own meals.
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.
There are no scholarships associated with this program.
Summer 2018 Program Dates
July 1: Arrive in Albany, New York from New York City
July 11: Depart for San Jose, Costa Rica.