2020 IIGH led courses in Costa Rica and Geneva

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This opportunity has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for next year’s courses.

Interested in traveling abroad and being immersed in global health work around the world? Apply to attend the IIGH led courses being offered this summer by the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health (IIGH) in Costa Rica and Geneva, Switzerland.
Open to graduate and professional students from all disciplines!


Geneva, SwitzerlandCanceled
May 17 – 29, 2020 (Application closed)
PM 589: Global Health Governance and Diplomacy in Practice in Geneva (4 units)
Learn how health is organized and administered at the global level through exposure to the inner workings of key global health organizations. Students will be directly integrated into the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, and will engage with diverse organizations, consortia and networks based in Geneva and engaged in global health.


Costa Rica – Canceled
May 23 – June 4, 2020 (Application closed)
PM 599: Sustainable Development & Health: Perspectives from Costa Rica (4 units)
Learn about how climate change, biodiversity loss, and development impact human and planetary health. Students will visit local health clinics, public health agencies & NGOs, the Inter- American Court of Human Rights, National Children’s Hospital, coffee and palm oil plantations, coastal mangroves, and connect with indigenous communities along the Panama border.


Scholarship opportunity for those interested in Costa Rica

Community Health Equity and Dissemination Scholarships are available for USC Keck School of Medicine undergraduate or graduate level students of up to $1000 for travel and/or registration cost to attend: 1) a conference where students will be presenting research/practice on a topic related to Health Equity in the Americas, or 2) travel to a practicum and/or conducting a research project related to health equity in the Americas. Community Health Equity and Dissemination Scholarships can be used for the IIGH led Costa Rica course.

Questions can be directed to Yaneth Rodriguez via email at ylr@usc.edu or by calling 323-442-8210.

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