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  • Locations: Cienfuegos, Cuba; Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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  • Learn about the successes and challenges of the Cuban health system, which has provided comprehensive services amidst blockades and limited resources.
  • Visit Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine, known for offering free and low cost tuition to international students who agree to practice in underserved regions of the world.
  • Explore Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Cuba is well known for implementing a health system that focuses on access to preventive and primary care services, uses data to guide resource allocation, and includes community-based interventions. Even though the economic situation in Cuba significantly influences the level of available health resources, health statistics provide evidence of the achievements of many health programs. Much can be learned about the provision of public health services by studying Cuba’s health system and Cuba’s health work in other countries. This class offers graduate students an opportunity to study international public health issues by providing an intensive study of the public health system in Cuba. The class is offered in collaboration with faculty from the Cuban National School of Public Health. Seminar topics include: primary care and prevention services; maternal and child health; allocation of resources; international health programs; and social, political, and economic factors that influence health and health service delivery. Information on health systems in other Latin American and Caribbean countries will be included in the course to provide context for understanding public health issues in Cuba.





Course Information

  • 3 credits, CBHS 6633
  • Online class begins: February 24, 2020
  • Seminar dates prior to the trip: March 5, April 9, April 30, 2020
  • In Cuba: May 16-27, 2020
  • Final seminar: June 11, 2020
  • Seminar information: seminars meet on Thursdays, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Students living outside of the Denver area may join the seminars online using Zoom. A link will be provided prior to each session.)

  • Note that this is a spring course that includes travel to Cuba in May.

    Class work starts March 1st and continues through June 13th. Students will complete two written assignments and give two presentations (details below). Topics for these assignments will be selected from a list of public health focus areas.

    Before the trip, students will:
    • Attend 3 class seminars
    • Complete course readings
    • Complete a literature review
    • Participate in class and online discussions based on assigned readings
    During the trip, students will:
    • Have the opportunity to interact with Cuban professors and students, visit health facilities, and participate in a collaborative project with Cuban students
    • Participate in class discussions based on assigned readings
    • Give presentations on their literature review
    After the trip, students will:
    • Complete a paper due June 13, 2019
    • Summarize their papers in a presentation to be given on June 13, 2019

    Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at time of application
  • Must be a graduate student or an upper division undergraduate student majoring in public health
  • Review the full Eligibility Policy for more details
  • Non-CU Denver applicants must review the Non-CU Denver Student Policy
  • Housing

    Guest houses

    Passports and Visas

    All students must have a valid passport from their country of citizenship. It is highly recommended that you ensure that your current passport is valid for at least six months after the program's end date.

    Please review the Visas and Study Abroad document and research visa requirements for this program's host country.

    2019 Cost


    • Includes: Tuition and fees, shared accommodations, entrance fees, breakfasts, ground transportation, and international health and evacuation insurance
    • Not Included: Airfare, most meals, personal expenses, visa fees (if applicable)
    • For an estimate of the total cost of participation, please scroll to the top of this page and click on "Summer" next to Budget Sheets.

    Faculty Leaders

    Joan O'Connell, PhD is an Associate Professor with the Colorado School of Public Health. She teaches in the department of Community and Behavioral Health. You can contact Dr. O'Connell at

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Financial Aid

    CU Denver|CU Anschutz students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office:

    • Anschutz students: or 303.724.8039
    • Downtown students: or 303.315.1850

    Please add “Study Abroad” to the subject heading when sending emails to the above email addresses, as this will ensure that your message is routed to a study abroad financial aid advisor. Downtown students, you can also schedule an appointment online.


    CU Denver Global Education Scholarship

    Degree-seeking CU Denver|Anschutz students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Spring, Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Verify eligibility criteria, application requirements, deadlines, and start an application here.

    CU Denver World Within Your Reach Scholarship

    Degree-seeking CU Denver|Anschutz students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Spring, Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. This scholarship will cover the full program cost, international airfare, and passport fees for a limited number of recipients per year. Verify eligibility criteria, application requirements, and start an application here. The deadline for the spring/summer application cycle is January 31, 2019.

    Other Scholarships

    We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding:

    This program is currently not accepting applications.