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  • Locations: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Program Terms: November-February
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
November-February 2018 02/09/2018 ** Rolling Admission 12/01/2019 09/02/2019

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
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Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Short Term Partner Program - Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate Housing Options: Homestay
OS Help Available: Yes New Colombo Plan Funded: No
Scholarships Available: No GCP Points: 30
Program Description:
Healthcare in Mexico

Healthcare in a developing country: Mexico

About the program:
The program is run by the University of La Salle, home to one of Mexico’s most important medical and health sciences faculties. This program explores the development and maintenance of the Mexican healthcare system in the context of how developing countries manage their health systems. It also has a large focus on looking at community health. The University of La Salle has excellent linkages with community organisations working in some of the poorer areas of Mexico City. This allows you to get a feel for the ‘front line’ of dealing with health issues in a developing country. The course includes 36 hours of lectures and seminars, 25 hours of presentations and site visits, an extensive number of cultural activities and much more.

Location profile:
Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that’s known for its beautiful beaches of the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico and diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns. Mexico is loved for its coasts, jungles, volcanoes and cities, as well as its superbly tasty food, spectacular ancient civilisations, inspired art and most importantly the charming, hospitable, real people.
Mexico is an endless adventure for many visitors because of its ten thousand kilometres of coastline, cactus-strewn deserts and wildlife-rich lagoons. Located in the centre-south of Mexico, Mexico City is the densely populated, high- altitude capital of Mexico. It’s known for the Templo Mayor (a 13th century Aztec temple), cathedrals and the Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals. Mexico’s pre-Hispanic civilizations built some of the world’s great archaeological monuments in this city, including Teotihuacán’s towering pyramids and the Pyramid of the Sun. The Spanish colonial era left beautiful towns full of tree-shaded plazas and richly sculpted stone churches and mansions, while modern Mexico has seen a surge of great art from the likes of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Top-class museums and galleries document the country’s fascinating history and its endless creative verve. Popular culture is just as vibrant, from the underground dance clubs and street art of Mexico City to the wonderful handicrafts of the indigenous population.


Mexico City

Academic information:

Healthcare in a developing country: Mexico
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 1 Deakin credit
Approved by the Faculty of Health


The academic class components will cover various topics about health care development and practice in Mexico. There are 36 hours of academic classes, seminars and guest lectures. The topics are:
  • Introduction to health care in Mexico
  • Cultural attitudes and beliefs in relation to health care
  • Disabilities in Mexico
  • Mexico’s approach to global health issues
  • Elderly care in Mexico
  • Food and nutrition
  • Mental health issues
  • Maternal, Neonatal and Child health care
  • Socio-cultural aspects of sexuality
  • Health issues in vulnerable population
  • Environmental issues

Pre-requisites: Students should have completed one year or more of a health-sciences related studies at the time of program. Relevant practical/professional experience will also be considered as an alternative.
Accommodation:
You will stay in homestay accommodation arranged by La Salle’s Centre for International Exchanges and Languages (CIEL). CIEL have worked with the homestay families for many years and, as a result, have refined their list to an excellent selection of homestay ‘families’. Your accommodation will be in a twin-share room with one other student from the program. Typically the homestays are within a 10-15 minute walk of the La Salle campus, in a beautiful and safe part of Mexico City called ‘La Condesa’.
Every homestay is different. Some are ‘real’ families with a Mum, Dad and kids. Others might be a single grandmother or middle-aged couple without children. The amenities, locations and house rules will vary slightly from place to place. Personal preferences (dietary conditions, non-smoking etc) will be accommodated as far as is possible and we will discuss these things with you as part of the application process. Some of the families speak some basic English and some do not. This hasn’t proven to be an issue, with past participants consistently saying their homestay experience was one of their enduring memories of the program. Detailed information about your homestay family will be provided to you approximately 3-4 weeks before the start of the program, in early December. For more information about homestays please visit this link.


Cost:
$4,990 (TBC) + $55 Deakin application fee
Program inclusions: tuition, accommodation in homestay, 2 meals per day, visits to hospitals and social and health organisations, cultural activities, airport pick-up and drop off, AIM Overseas pre-departure and support. All payment deadlines need to be met unrelated to OS help loan approvals.
This is a Study Abroad program meaning no tuition is paid to Deakin University. 


Funding:
You may be eligible for the OS help loan of up to $6,665. For more information visit this link.

Program Dates:
12th January - 9th February 2019 (TBC)


For more information please visit the partner website.


public health mexico
Short Term Partner Programs will earn you 30 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.