Studies Courses 2009-10
Doing Business in Costa Rica: The Business of Public Health
Sunday, Nov. 8th, in Baltimore, Noon - 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6th, in DC, Noon - 6 p.m.
Among the many nations currently struggling to deliver equitable and cost
effective public health systems to meet the expectations of their citizens,
Costa Rica merits attention for its successes and challenges. A developing
country by most standards, Costa Rica has produced health statistics as good
as—and in some cases better than—more developed countries. This course will look
at the intersection of business, healthcare and environment in this emerging
economy. Students will be immersed in the country’s abundant culture and rich
ecosystems while exploring how corporations, government, and non-profits
participate in resource usage, supply chain, social marketing, and financing of
the healthcare system. This course is led by the Center for
Social Value Creation.
Students will look at the historical and cultural context for the Costa Rican
public health organizations and assess how it operates in the present economic,
political and social structure of the country. Additionally, the course will
have a central focus on the environment as it is both a crucial economic
resource to this tropical nation and a key part of disease prevention and public
health solutions. Finally, the course will draw parallels to the United States
system, and the challenges of adequately meeting the needs of all stakeholders
involved in the system.
Cultural activities include exploring Costa Rica’s natural resources.
Students will hike in a cloud forest at Poás Volcano National Park and visit
Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas in the world.
Tentative business visits include Merck & Co, the National Institute for
Biodiversity, and a small health clinic run by the Costa Rican Humanitarian