CIEE's Summer Community Public Health program is perfect for those students who love to learn about different health scenarios and have a flair for the Spanish language. CIEE's Summer Community Public Health program is built for you as an intensive program focused on the social determinants of health, community health care, and public policies related to specific community health realities. The program includes courses taught by public health specialists and Spanish language instructors to discover the challenges and successes of striving for wellness in Latin America. You will gain field experience by observing public health practitioners and academics in Argentina and Uruguay. And you'll gain an international perspective and experience in your chosen field, whether it's biology, medicine, nursing, education, or political science.
Study abroad in Buenos Aires and you’ll:
- Study with local public health experts and university researchers in specially designed interdisciplinary courses
- Learn about health care in both Argentina and neighboring Uruguay through field experience guided by local public health practitioners and academics
- Support your academic and fieldwork experience with a unique, collaborative teaching methodology in which public health specialists and Spanish language instructors actively prepare and conduct classes together
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
During engaging courses, you’ll learn about a host of public health concepts, from population health analysis to issues of gender and human rights in the health care delivery model. In addition, you’ll study with instructors who are also practitioners in the field, conducting research on a wide range of fields related to social determinants of health. Special attention is given to health and public health terminology, and to improving your Spanish grammar, reading, and oral expression.
CIEE Buenos Aires staff will arrange specific day-long volunteer activities for students based on the needs and availability of local civil society organizations. This may include volunteer activities with local nonprofit and non-governmental organizations involved in social policy, human rights, community service, and health issues, among others.
Enjoy day and weekend excursions to points of interest in and around Buenos Aires. This experience allows you to explore a more rural way of life than that in Buenos Aires during a daytrip to the outskirts of the city. Excursions and cultural activities include attending local festivals, visiting historical sites, art museums, performances, and having group dinners. Visits to nearby sites of interest provide participants with a broader understanding of this region. A longer field trip will go further afield to places such as San Luis, Jujuy, Mendoza, La Rioja or Iguazú falls. Destinations vary from summer to summer.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
The program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Summer 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes two meals per day
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
Local government registration/entrance fees
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
- Overall GPA 2.5
- 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
- College-level coursework in public health recommended
- College-level coursework in history or politics of Argentina or Latin America recommended
Total credit for the summer program is 10 semester/15 quarter hours.
Contact hours for two of the courses are 45 hours and 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits for each course. The third course is 60 hours and 4 semester / 6 quarter credits.
Study abroad students must enroll in all three of the required program courses consisting of two components: academic coursework and fieldwork. The academic component is focused on building Spanish language skills and provides a theoretical framework for understanding the fieldwork experience and the health care system in Argentina and Uruguay in comparison to health care systems in other parts of the world.
About the City
About The City
Studying in the twentieth largest city in the world has its benefits. Buenos Aires offers a vibrant theater district, shops, and different neighborhoods. Founded in 1536, this surprisingly navigable Latin American metropolis shows glimpses of Europe and the Middle East in architecture and Café life. A vibrant port city, Buenos Aires is also the world's leading Spanish language publishing center. With a population of 13 million, Buenos Aires offers its visitors the chance to experience the perpetual cultural intrigue that can only be found in a city of this size and prestige.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Andrea A. Rizzotti
Andrea Rizzotti has worked with CIEE since 1994, and supervises the administrative and academic aspects of the Study Center. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in sociology from Universidad de Buenos Aires, and earned a master's degree from the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO) in social sciences and public health. Andrea's academic interests include public health, gender and women, adolescents, and children and family. She is currently earning her Ph.D. and doing research on non-punished abortion and its situation in the public health system in Argentina. Since 2008 Andrea has worked as a National Senate counselor in the National Congress working on several projects recently approved, such as "Equal Marriage", the "Assisted Reproduction and Fertilization Law," and "Gender Identity."
Qué decir cuando hablamos de Buenos Aires? Seguramente muchas cosas, y aun nos quedaríamos cortos de palabras. Para comenzar, Buenos Aires es la capital de la Argentina. Es una ciudad portuaria vibrante, reconocida por sus numerosas bibliotecas, librerías, y variada vida cultural. ;Mucha gente la llama la “París de Sudamérica” debido a su mezcla de arquitectura clásica, moderna y colonial. La ciudad es también un referente del fútbol (soccer) en América Latina, reconocida por la pasión de sus aficionados y sus talentosos jugadores. Buenos Aires es renombrada también por la excelencia académica de sus universidades y su extensa tradición intelectual, siendo la ciudad natal de cinco premios Nobel. Todo esto (¡y mucho más!) existe en una metrópoli que es bulliciosa de día, y tiene una vida nocturna vibrante. Cuenta con una población diversa, políticamente activa y de alta conciencia social. Buenos Aires es, sin duda, una de las ciudades más cosmopolitas, encantadoras e intrigantes del hemisferio. ¿Te esperamos para que conozcas todo lo que la ciudad y el país tienen para ofrecerte!
-- Andrea Rizzotti, Resident Director
Carolina Alba Merlo
Carolina Alba Merlo has worked with CIEE since 1996. She works alongside the resident director in designing, developing, and managing the CIEE Study Center. She received her bachelor's degree in communications and social psychology at the Pichón Riviere Institute and a master’s degree in cognitive psychology and education, with research interests focused on international education and adaptation processes. Since spring 2008, Carolina facilitates the Intercultural Communication and Leadership course that takes an experiential, developmental, and holistic approach to intercultural development. Carolina is trained in intercultural competence and personal leadership and is considered an expert in those fields.
Vera Cerqueiras has a degree in Literature and Linguistics from University of Buenos Aires and a MA from University of Barcelona, in Spanish Teaching as a Second Language. She was previously the academic coordinator of the Department of Spanish as a Foreign Language of the University of Buenos Aires from 1999 to 2008. Currently, she is the Academic Coordinator of Spanish of the CIEE Buenos Aires Study Center, at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). Also she teaches Spanish at NYU Buenos Aires since 2008. She trains teachers in Spanish as a second language in Argentina at workshops, lectures, and courses and she took part as an expert in many international projects of cooperation for academic and technical assistance. Her work focuses on the relationship between language and culture, and in the development of didactic material in order to improve the proficiency of non-native speakers in the Spanish language. She is in charge of PROELE -Programa de Español como Lengua Extranjera- at FLACSO Argentina.
Leandro Gomez joined CIEE in January 2008 as a student and cultural activities coordinator of the Buenos Aires Study Center. He earned a master degree in public administration at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). During 2014 he spent a semester doing a research at the Kettering Foundation, in Dayton OH. Before Leandro joined the Study Center, he was a student researcher at Gino Germani Institute (Dept. of Health) at the Faculty of Social Sciences at UBA.
Favio Rizzotti has worked with CIEE since 2002. He is an accomplished actor, as well as theater and staging director, and has a post-graduate degree from the Metropolitan School of Dramatic Art of Buenos Aires. Favio has had an extensive experience in the arts field not only as an actor but also in directing different plays and as a performing arts professor. He has experience in the coordination of different workshops and courses related to dramatic arts.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center is based within Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), which sponsors Latin America’s largest and most prestigious postgraduate teaching and research program in the social sciences. FLACSO-Argentina was established in 1974, and its faculty is associated with several local universities. Students take specially designed CIEE courses at FLACSO. In addition, students are hosted by one of three provincial institutions – Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Mendoza Province, Argentina), Universidad Nacional de Entre Rios (Entre Rios Province, Argentina), or Instituto Interamericano sobre Discapacidad y Desarrollo Inclusivo (Montevideo, Uruguay) – depending upon their offsite placement.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing and two meals per day are included in the program fee. Study abroad students live with host families for the duration of the program, both in Buenos Aires and in the location of their field placement. Local housing coordinators in the field sites outside of Buenos Aires place students in local homestays.
A two-day orientation session at the beginning of the program will introduce you to the city of Buenos Aires and country of Argentina. You will participate in sessions on safety, banking, and transportation, and receive an overview of the academic program, meet your instructors, and take a Spanish language placement exam.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. While not guaranteed, many host families have Internet access in their homes. You will have wireless Internet access at the CIEE Study Center and Internet cafés throughout the city. While local connection speeds may not match up to typical U.S. standards, the Internet is relatively reliable throughout the city. The Study Center also has a computer lab with Internet access and printers for your use.
The CIEE Study Center is based within Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), which sponsors Latin America's largest and most prestigious postgraduate teaching and research program in the social sciences. FLACSO-Argentina was established in 1974, and its faculty is associated with several local universities. Students take specially designed CIEE courses at FLACSO.
During the first three weeks of the program students share experiences and do observation into the public health system in Buenos Aires City and the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, led by health care professionals from the Pasteur Institute.
The Pasteur Institute belongs to the government of Buenos Aires and is in charge of developing primary care programs and services related to urban zoonosis (disease transmission between humans and animals). The purpose of this experience is to understand the contribution of veterinary public health, the impact of the Zoonosis diseases (such as Dengue, Zika and Chikunguña) and the co-habitation of humans and animals in large urban settings.
For the fieldwork portion of the program, students are assigned to one of three geographic areas. In each location they are hosted by provincial institutions: Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Mendoza Province, Argentina), Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos (Entre Rios Province, Argentina) and Instituto Interamericano sobre Discapacidad y Desarrollo Inclusivo (iiDi) (Montevideo, Uruguay).
Students are placed in small groups to observe the health care system, and get involved in initiatives such as health care promotion. They thereby come to better understand the social inequities that impact health in various parts of Argentina and Uruguay. In addition, students learn from their peers and, after their fieldwork, have a broader vision of local and regional health care challenges, as well as strategies for addressing and overcoming those challenges. A description of the unique opportunity specific to each of the locations follows.
The Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of Cuyo (Province of Mendoza) is focused on the approach of Primary Health Care and Health Promotion and Prevention in different scenarios. It strives to understand the public policies implemented to meet the health needs of the population, to know the different scenarios and resources of health promotion and prevention in specific areas and to identify aspects of health risks. The city of Mendoza is in a province that borders Chile (Mendoza Province – 15 hours from Buenos Aires City), and is working on how it manages public health policy through cooperative efforts between the Department of Education and the Department of Health. This opportunity allows students to observe how governmental departments cooperate to provide health care services.
The Faculty of Health Sciences of the National University of Entre Ríos (UNER) in the city of Concepción del Uruguay (Province of Entre Ríos, Argentina), specializes in addressing issues of maternal and child health from research and extension activities in local communities. It seeks to recognize and operate in the field of social determinants of those issues in the local context, applying quantitative and qualitative techniques for the determination of individual and contextual risks, addressed in the territories where the life of the population takes place. The city of Concepción del Uruguay (Entre Ríos Province, Argentina – two hours from Buenos Aires City) is in a province that borders Uruguay, and has a largely rural population. This offers students the opportunity to observe how healthcare services are dispersed in a rural environment.
The Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development (iiDi) carries out activities focused on knowledge of inclusive policies, tools and strategies for health promotion, with emphasis on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and substance abuse, with an approach on diversity, emphasizing social participation. The city of Montevideo (Uruguay – three hours from Buenos Aires by ship or a 30-minute flight) is located on the other side of the Rio de la Plata and offers students the possibility of learning about youth health programs and inclusive approaches to working with people who have disabilities.
At Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), CIEE courses are organized and evaluated on a system very similar to that in the U.S., with each professor following a syllabus provided to students and assessments made based on a range of assignments that include papers, exams, and final presentations. Additionally, students benefit from a tutor at each field site who is trained to monitor and advise them in both their academic courses and fieldwork.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only, both at FLACSO and during their fieldwork.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
As students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Argentine society.
Students are normally graded on the basis of quizzes, exams, papers, fieldwork observations, projects, and class participation, much like in the U.S. letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F are given.
Language of Instruction
All courses are taught by professors at the CIEE Study Center in FLACSO and are specially developed for this program and designed with a team-teaching approach used in the local health studies degree program. Course instructors all have teaching and/or research experience in different areas of Public Health at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Instructors also bring extensive practical experience to the courses and program as practitioners in the field who have conducted research on a wide range of topics related to the social determinants of health, epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, childhood and teen health, gender, social and health public policy, rights and health, bioethics, and health promotion.
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required CIEE Courses
PUBH 3003 APHU
Pre-Professional Healthcare Issues
Students will address various sociology-medical topics (public health), with emphasis on their particular manifestations in Argentina, the Southern Cone, and Latin America. An integrated and multidisciplinary focus will be applied to various categories and concepts within the social and public health and primary care, these acquired concepts and categories will converge in the analysis of a logical scientific organization for the local health sector. Students will cover measurements of the health status within the population (social determinant of health) and will incorporate a broader population within their solutions to health problems, among other issues in the sector.
Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
PUBH 3004 APHU
Community Health Practicum
An integrated and multidisciplinary focus will be applied to various categories and concepts within the social and medical sciences facilitating students the observance of the primary care level of the public health system of Argentina and Uruguay. Students will cover measurements of the health status within the population and will incorporate a broader population within their solutions to health problems, among other issues in the sector participate of range of activities in the field of the primary care health. Students will be split into small groups for the field work experience, based on their preferences, background and the onsite staff recommendations.
Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours
SPAN 3001 APHU
Advanced Spanish Conversation and Grammar
This is an advanced Spanish language course, focusing on grammar, reading, and oral expression. It is designed to improve both active command of the language by means of readings and discussion, as well as increase students’ mastery of Spanish grammar in communication contexts and writing. Special attention is given to medical terminology. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.