Dominican Republic: Health Professions

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Students in the health professions are immersed in Dominican culture and the healthcare system. They visit a number of healthcare facilities and attend guest lectures on the local health system, challenges and solutions in healthcare and healthcare delivery, as well as health promotion. Service-learning is a component of the program, along with a number of hands on activities like dance lessons and cooking.

Santo Domingo, capital city of the Dominican Republic and often called “the first city of the New World,” is steeped in historical significance. With a population of over two million, it is considered to be the main economic and political center of the country. The 16th Century Colonial Zone is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Santo Domingo boasts the first street, cathedral, university and hospital in the Americas. But it is also a modern city; with a population close to three million, Santo Domingo is considered to be the main economic and political center of the country. It is a city of contrasts, where one can observe rapid economic growth and challenges to human development.

Program Highlights

This is an example program. All CIEE Faculty-Led & Custom Programs can be customized to meet your academic goals and financial requirements.

2 weeks

Week 1

  • Welcome dinner, orientation, guided tour of Colonial Zone
  • Spanish language instruction focused on healthcare terminology
  • Visit to important historical sites and a cooking class
  • Guest lectures on various topics within the DR health system
  • Visit to a large public hospital and a medium-sized public health center
  • Half day service learning activity focused on health promotion

Week 2

  • Exchange with Dominican health professions students
  • Two night beach excursion at a national park, including hike and a service activity
  • Full day service-learning activity: rotations at a public hospital
  • Visit small community-based health care center and a private hospital

Our Staff

Tian Song, Director, is responsible for the successful program administration of all semester, summer, and special programs in the Dominican Republic. She teaches the Development Internship course during the academic year. She earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and completed an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Santo Domingo team in 2014, Tian served as Manager of Student Services for the CIEE Shanghai Center where she enhanced and strengthened the overall academic, cultural, and residential life program offerings at the growing center. Before CIEE, Tian worked in the Global Education Office at Vanderbilt University as a Study Abroad Advisor and oversaw the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Exchange Student Program.


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