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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2020 10/17/2019
Rolling Admission 01/02/2020 01/10/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.0
Country: Cuba Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Academic Year: Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:


Art at Palacio del Centro Asturiano, Havana. By Carol M. Highsmith [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Health Services Administration Abroad presents the formation and operation of public health care policies. This course emphasizes the relationship and impact of policy making to health care organizations and their services. The Cuban health system is recognized worldwide for its excellence and its efficiency. Despite extremely limited resources and the dramatic impact caused by the economic sanctions imposed by the United States for more than half a century, Cuba has managed to guarantee access to care for all segments of the population and obtain results similar to those of the most developed nations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare the Cuban Health Care Plan to the unique United States health care system
  • Understand how global issues, practices, and ideas affect quality of life
  • Experience the success of polyclinic and el servicio médico rural (rural medical service)
  • Articulate entrepreneurial ideas to influence health care and/or policy at the local, state, and national levels based on travel abroad experience
  • Develop healthcare decisions based on legal, ethical, and policy guidelines

Program Dates:

  • Travel Dates: January 2-10, 2020
  • Course Term: Fall 2019 (second 8 week block)

For More Information:

Click on the tabs above for information about academics (course listing, syllabus, registration), accommodation, expenses (cost estimate, payment schedule, scholarships and financial aid), application instructions, contacts, and resources.




Title: HSAD 488/588 Health Services Administration Abroad
Cross-listings: none
Credits: 3
Download syllabus: HSAD 488 | HSAD 588




After admission to this program, Gallagher Center will process your Banner permission for you for the course you indicate on the Course Registration Form in your application. 



Participants will stay in shared hotel accommodations arranged by the program.



Program Expenses

Wondering how much it's going to cost? See Budget Sheet for information about total program costs, payment schedule, and the withdrawal and refund policy.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

How am I going to pay for it? See our Financial Assistance page for a list of USD and external scholarships.

To inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible (non-USD students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution). NOTE: To be eligible for federal financial aid for this program, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits during the spring semester.



Application Instructions

Applications—including all required pre-decision materials and recommendations—must be submitted online by the deadline specified in the Dates/Deadlines section on this page. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. To start an application, click the Apply Now button on this page. If the Apply Now button does not appear, applications are either not open yet, or it is past the deadline.

If you have started an application already, use the LOGIN (USD applicants) or NON-USD LOGIN (non-USD applicants) link on this site to return to the materials.

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to students of all majors. Preference will be given to applicants from health services administration and related disciplines.

This program is open to applicants from any institution, although preference will be given to USD students.

All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.



Faculty Leader

Carole South-Winter followed a non-traditional route to her degree in Higher Education Administration achieved in conjunction with full time employment in allied health, higher education, and administration. In addition to directing this program, she has also taken students to Costa Rica, Germany, and Ghana. She has also held office in multiple professional organizations at the local, state, national, and international level. Her teaching interests include higher education administration, radiation biology, health services administration, quality assurance, health care delivery systems, group processes, global health care systems, credentialing examinations, and cultural competency. She has a research interest in global health systems, opinion leadership, cultural competency, graduate placement and graduate satisfaction data.

Contact Us

For questions about the course content and program site, contact the faculty leader, Carole South-Winter.

For general inquiries and questions about the application process, course registration and billing, contact 



For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.


This program is currently not accepting applications.