This program is open to all students, regardless of location. For cost information, please see budget sheet.
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos. Although home to more than 300,000 people, Cuernavaca exudes a small-town feel. Appreciated for history, striking scenery, vibrant life, and an eternally spring climate, Cuernavaca is an ideal place to learn.
NUR 499X (N455) Community Health Nursing Practicum- 3 Credits (UWGB Nursing students desiring to substitute the travel course for Community Health Practicum).
This unique program is structured to provide you with a rich introduction to Mexico, its culture, language and people, as well as their public health and healthcare system. Nursing students will explore the rich traditions of Mexico. Mornings are filled with interactive Spanish language instruction (all levels), while afternoons are filled with disciplinary and interdisciplinary field experiences and cultural excursions.
Program Dates: May 8th-19th, 2017
Nursing and Healthcare Track
This travel course will expose students to the Mexican healthcare and public health system with special emphasis on population health in the community. Successful students will complete both an online (D2L) course as well as participate in all activities in Mexico. Throughout the course students will learn about the practice of public health nursing in the U.S. and compare that to the practice of community-based nursing in Mexico.
This course has an emphasis on Spanish Language for Healthcare Providers and the practice of nursing and healthcare in Mexico. While in Cuernavaca, students will attend a language class with a special emphasis on Spanish for healthcare providers.
Field experiences may include meeting with healthcare providers, lectures at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health (Mexican equivalent to the CDC), learn about the practice of lay midwifery in rural communities (La Partera), meet with practitioners in rural public health clinics and practitioners who provide traditional (folk) medicine, and meet, observe, and interview nurses & healthcare providers at general hospitals.
Some learning outcomes of this course will include:
1) To provide a rich introduction to Mexico, its culture, language, and people
2) To study Spanish at the Spanish Language Institute (SLI) in Cuernavaca
3) Compare and contrast Mexican and U.S healthcare practices and systems and recognize implications for Mexican immigrants participation in the U.S. healthcare system
The language classes at SLI are tailored to level of language proficiency and range from students who are being first introduced to the language through students who are fluent in Spanish. There is no language prerequisite for this course.
Students who enroll in the 3 credit course and desire to substitute this travel course for the required Community Health Practicum (N455) must complete the prerequisite Community Health Theory course (N 444/454) prior to or concurrent with enrollment in the travel course. In addition, students must complete all health and other prerequisites required for enrollment in the community health practicum (N455).
Participants are also expected to demonstrate personal maturity, motivation, flexibility and an international perspective.
Participants will be placed with a host family. Most meals are provided by the host family and are included in the housing fees. Homestay living provides students the opportunity to enhance conversational language skills while experiencing Mexican family life.
As this is an immersion experience, the English language skills of host families will vary. We will do our best to place students with no Spanish skills in a home where the host has some English skills.
Students will be transported to and from school by their host families. Students may be responsible for some transportation costs (ex. taxi fare from excursions).