Dominican Republic: Health Professions

CIEE Custom Program

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Program Highlights

Students in the health professions are immersed in Dominican culture and health care system and get to know the challenges and methods of providing satisfactory care to all.


Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, is surrounded by mountains in the lush valley of the Cibao region. Known as La Ciudad Corazón (City of the Heart), Santiago is the commercial and cultural center of the region, housing over 100 industrial free-trade-zone factories, the León Jiménez Cultural Center and cigar factory, and the lively commercial street of Calle del Sol.


Through a combination of site visits to hospitals, clinics, NGO’s, and community outreach programs, students gain insight into the health care challenges affecting children living in extreme poverty, and the various ways in which it is being addressed.


Guest lectures help students explore the history and culture of the Dominican Republic with a focus on Batey Bayaguana, a rural and impoverished community outside the city of Santiago, with limited access to basic services such as water, health, and education.

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

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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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