Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

Summer Community Public Health

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Information for term Summer Community Public Health

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jun 15 – Aug 11, 2019 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Start your investigation of the complexities of healthcare in developing nations in the Dominican Republic this summer. With classroom instruction plus fieldwork in urban and semi-rural settings, you’ll get a close look and new perspective on the social and health issues facing one of the Caribbean’s poorest countries.

Unique Experiences

  • Get to know

    a Dominican family while you improve your Spanish language skills.

  • Interact

    with and make a difference for Dominican patients and medical professionals as you work at a semi-rural clinic and in an urban neighborhood.

  • Expand your knowledge

    of pressing international public health issues.

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Location & Culture

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Founded in 1495 by 30 caballeros (knights) from Columbus’ early expeditions, Santiago is a growing, modern city with a population of more than 800,000. Despite its sprawling size, Santiago retains many small-town features. Traditional merchants ride burros loaded with baskets of goods and call out their wares in a musical chant. Street vendors balance large baskets of fruit and vegetables on their heads. People are friendly and crime is scarce. The people of Santiago like to play dominos, listen to merengue and bachata music, and talk about baseball.

The Culture


  • Complete a ten-day rotation at a semi-rural medical clinic.
    Support the efforts of health promoters in marginalized urban neighborhoods.

Daily Life

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    Homestays: Living with a Dominican family is your ticket to immersion into every day Santiago life. Your Spanish-speaking host family provides housing and three meals a day. All homestays are within walking distance of Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). Field study: Students live with host families with support from local medical staff and leaders in each community.


    Homestay: All meals are provided by your homestay family. Field study: All meals are provided by your homestay family.

Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

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The program details

This eight-week program includes orientation, six weeks of language and healthcare courses, a ten-day rural clinical field rotation and a five-day urban stay. Students also participate in an intensive urban community service practicum in an underserved area in Santiago while classes are in session.

During this time, students will learn about public health with a focus on the health/illness process and its relation to health management, policies, and coverage. They’ll also explore health, preventive medicine programs, and primary healthcare administration, and learn Spanish terms that focus on medical terminology.

Courses are designed by Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) for CIEE students only, and taught in Spanish by PUCMM and CIEE faculty members.

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. Founded in 1962, PUCMM is a private, non-profit institution that has been top-ranked in the country by the Inter-American Development Bank. PUCMM enrolls 10,000 students, and its academic divisions include social sciences and administration, science and humanities, engineering, health sciences, and tourism/restaurant management.


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    Students take courses only with other CIEE study abroad students.


    Students are given letter grades from A-F on quizzes, exams, papers, presentations, and class participation. Attendance is mandatory.


    Most PUCMM students specialize in professions like law, medicine, engineering, education, or business from the start. Like all universities in the Dominican Republic, PUCMM has limited resources compared to most U.S. colleges and universities. Students should expect a more formal and technical teaching style that relies on lectures and emphasizes memorization.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) College-level public health coursework recommended


Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 10 semester/15 quarter hours
  • Advanced Spanish Conversation: 45 contact hours; 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Grammar, Community Health Practicum: 45 contact hours;3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Pre-Professional Healthcare Issues: 60 contact hours: 4 semester/6 quarter hours

Students take the following three courses:

  • Advanced Spanish Conversation and Grammar
  • Community Health Practicum
  • Pre-Professional Healthcare Issues

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Summer 2018 Courses

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  • PUBH 3001 DRSU: Pre-Professional Healthcare Issues
  • PUBH 3002 DRSU: Community Health Practicum
  • SPAN 3003 DRSU: Advanced Spanish Conversation and Grammar


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Six-day orientation – an introduction to Dominican culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in and around your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2019 8 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jun 15, 2019 Aug 11, 2019
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $6,758 **

Housing = $1,025 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $8,250

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $550

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $100

Local government registration/entrance fees = $50

Personal expenses = $700

Total Estimated Costs = $1,550

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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