If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Public Health and Healthcare in the Dominican Republic

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Santo Domingo, Cabaret, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
Course # SA 10203 or
SA 59000
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2024 03/09/24 to 03/17/24

Program Leader

Name Andrea DeMaria
Email ademaria@purdue.edu
Click here to enroll in this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

This study abroad program is an immersive 3-credit-hour experience; a Spring 2024 course, which includes a one-week field learning study abroad experience in the Dominican Republic. This course will provide you with a unique interdisciplinary learning and personal growth experience. You will engage with Purdue University faculty and students, as well as local partners in the Dominican Republic representing diverse roles in community health. The program allows you to engage in remarkable learning opportunities and experience extraordinary global education through practical and cultural exposure.

This course is designed to facilitate a global health perspective as students continue to prepare for public health and medical practice in diverse communities with growing health disparities. The Dominican Republic's public health and medical care systems will be explored through social, environmental, political, spiritual, and cultural influences. Academic, professional, and personal growth will be enabled through immersive experiences, networking opportunities, and self-exploration through journaling, discussing, and synthesizing our daily activities and experiences.

Further, you will have an opportunity to interact with clinicians, practitioners, students, and activists, as well as connect with local people as we engage in our coursework and immersive learning experiences. You will take part in culture, health, and wellness through direct lectures, cultural immersion field experiences, site visits to health-related facilities and museums, adventurous excursions, and personal and group reflection. Ultimately, you will walk away from this program with a deeper awareness of your own culture and Dominican culture, and a knowledge base of how health and wellness are shaped by individual behaviors, community and social contexts, and local policies.

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Academic Credit

PUBH 490 - PUBH and Healthcare in the DR (3 credits instructed by Dr. Andrea DeMaria)


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Purdue University. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, independence, and the desire to experience a way of life that differs from their own.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Language Requirement: None


Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Program cost is [tentatively] $4,000.00. This fee includes flight and other transportation (including to and from West Lafayette and departing airport), lodging, activities, and meals

Students may be eligible for a $700 MOVES Scholarship

All accepted students will submit a $500 deposit by November 15, 2023 to reserve their spot in the program. This deposit will go toward the cost of the program.


Application Deadline

Applications are due by October 1, 2023. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis, so there is a chance the program will close prior to the application deadline. 

All applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter and resume. More information about this will be emailed upon submission of the application here.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.