This course in Costa Rica educates students about planetary health and health equity. 

MAY 19-JUNE 1, 2018

  • Learn about how climate change, biodiversity loss, migration, sustainable development, and equity relate to health among populations in Costa Rica
  • Led by Professors Mellissa Withers & Shubha Kumar
  • 4 units offered for 14-day trip
  • Stay in 3 different locations- San Jose, San Vito, and Osa Peninsula
  • Option to stay additional 4 weeks to complete a practicum; Spanish preferred
  • Visits to local health clinics, a public health research institute; governmental public health agencies and NGOS, national parks, and indigenous communities
  • Option to stay longer to travel or study Spanish afterwards
  • cost is $1,200 plus tuition & airfare from US (includes lodging, meals, tours & more)
  • No Spanish required. All graduate and medical students welcome!
  • Sign-up by March 15, 2018. To sign up or for more info, email

The course is available to all USC graduate students.

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