PUBLIC HEALTH IN CHILE
Graffiti as Art and Protest in Chile -
by Leigh Brissenden, Public Health In Chile 2011
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Assistant Director, IPD Study Abroad
Location: Santiago, Chile
Institution: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, IES Abroad
Term: Summer Quarter (2013 Program Dates: June 24 - August 18)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013
Language Prerequisite: None - all classes are taught in English
Academic Interests: Global Health, Pre-Med, Social Policy, Research, Cultural History, Spanish language
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Public Health in Chile program examines the current conditions of the Chilean health system and contemporary issues in public health through seminars, lectures, and hands-on public health projects. The program, including the Spanish and History & Culture courses, are administered by IES Abroad, while public health lectures, site visits, and projects are led by faculty at Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, a leading research institution. Organized excursions to historical sites in and around Santiago expose students to the various periods in Chilean history. Past excursions have included visits to Villa Grimaldi and the Museum of Memory; Ruca Mapuche, an indigenous community; and Isla Negra, the home of Pablo Neruda. Program courses are taught in English, but students will also be required to take intensive Spanish language classes.
Founded in 1888, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, or PUC, is one of Latin America’s most distinguished universities and Chile's highest-ranking university, specializing in engineering, political science, agricultural sciences, theology, arts, literature, and history.
Northwestern's Office of International Program Development works with IES Abroad, a third-party study abroad provider company, to help administer and coordinate the Public Health in Chile program. Students will travel to the IES Abroad Center in downtown Santiago for classes and other activities.
HOUSING & MEALS
Students on the Public Health in Chile program all live with homestay families, where they are provided breakfast and dinner seven days a week, as well as packed lunches from home.
Public Health in Chile Seminar (1 credit)
This seminar consists of a series of lectures, in English, intended to provide a global vision of the Chilean healthcare system and the main issues and challenges associated with research related to healthcare and public health. Possible topics include: the health insurance system, childhood nutrition, maternal health, primary care, and mental health, among others.
Course Instructor: Lilian Ferrer
Public Health Project (1 credit)
Students will participate in a public health project while in Chile. Depending on students’ backgrounds and interests, students can select among three project tracks: 1) community health experiences at Educación Popular en Salud (EPES); 2) clinical observations; and 3) supervised research at Pontificia Universidad Católica. Project areas may include: HIV/AIDS, maternal health, nutrition, and geriatric care, among others.
Taught by various course instructors.
History and Culture of Chile (1 credit)
This course provides a general introduction to Chilean history and culture as a basis for understanding contemporary Chile. Lectures will offer a theoretical context, while field trips will provide direct encounters with Chilean history and culture. Past excursions have included visits to such sites as Isla Negra, La Moneda Palace, Villa Grimaldi, and various cultural museums.
Course Instructor: Claudia Flores (PUC Faculty)
Spanish Language (1 credit)
Four levels of Spanish classes will be offered, and students will take a placement test to determine their level. Emphasis will be placed on speaking and developing good conversational skills. All classes are entirely in Spanish. There is no language prerequisite to participate in the program.
Course Instructors: Claudia Flores, Marcelle Cepada, and Lucas Araya (PUC Faculty)
Vina del Mar & Valparaiso
Viña del Mar and Valparaíso are sister cities located east of Santiago on the coast of Chile. Viña del Mar, known as the ‘Garden City’, is a beach resort with great shopping and restaurants. Valparaíso, nicknamed the ‘Jewel of the Pacific’, was historically a port city, which has developed its downtown and hillside communities into one of the most important arts and cultural centers in Latin America. Declared a world heritage site for its unique architecture and urban design, the city has many brightly colored houses, public murals and squares, and historic funiculars (“ascensores”).
The Mapuche are an indigenous group in Chile, and they have a distinct culture and language. Ruca Mapuche, located in Villa Aleman, is one of the communities where Mapuches live today, maintaining traditional beliefs, cuisine, and clothing. The modernization of Chile has threatened the Mapuche lifestyle in many ways, and Mapuches are among the poorest people living in Chile.
Museum of Memory
This historical museum highlights the atrocities that were committed during the Pinochet regime. It includes footage of the military coup and interviews with survivors. The museum is a true tribute to the resilience of the Chilean people.
Villa Grimaldi is a historic torture center utilized under Pinochet’s military dictatorship. This building complex was a place of interrogation and torture of political prisoners by the Chilean secret police during the mid seventies. While there is a sadness that resonates with visitors, Villa Grimaldi also offers a sense of peace: amid the various sites of horrific events, the park offers a quiet, grassy area with colorful mosaics and a large fountain.
Cementerio General de Santiago
As one of the largest cemeteries in Latin America, Cementerio General is a breathtaking place to visit. The grounds are filled with centuries old mausoleums and lush plants and trees. Many famous Chileans are buried here, including all but two of the deceased presidents of Chile. There is also a memorial with the names of all of the people who went missing during the Pinochet regime.
Villa Concha y Toro
This winery is located in Pirque in the Maipo Valley, a beautiful, low-lying region an hour outside of Santiago. Founded in 1883, Villa Concha y Toro has many famous cellars including “Casillero del Diablo” which produce what some have called the finest wine in South America.
Isla Negra and the Neruda Museum
Isla Negra is a small beachside community home to Pablo Neruda, recipient of the Chilean Nobel Prize in Literature. This home, located along the ocean and built to resemble a ship, features some of Neruda’s collections, including maps, bottles, shells, masks, butterflies, etc.
Summer 2013 Program Fee= $7,500, which includes tuition and program-related excursions, housing, meals, and health insurance. Students should also budget $810 for the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, about $1,600 for international airfare, and approximately $2,500 for books and discretionary expenses, including additional meals, non-program transportation, and incidentals.
Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities. Students participating in this program are subject to Withdrawal Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.
For more information about billing, finances, and financial aid for study abroad, please refer to the Money Matters resource page of the Study Abroad Office website or contact Krista Buda in the Financial Aid Office.