Tropical Diseases Spring Program Started Today 

Gabriel Gabro, Biology pre-med from College of The Holy Cross, is part of the 13 students who started today the Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change and Human Health Semester Program in Costa Rica. “I want to learn a lot about the connection between biology and medicine, as well as about the impact of diseases. Additionally, I will work on my Spanish,” said Gabriel.

The first field site where participants will receive the fundamental pillars through the highly respected OTS method of field-based, experiential learning is the Palo Verde Research Station. Therefore, they will visit sugar cane and rice plantations to study the relation between working conditions and environmental change with tropical diseases in that particular region of Guanacaste. Students will also analyze the different environment alterations in the wetland and the Tempisque River and how they are associated with human health. 

During this 15-week intensive program, more than 10 experienced professionals in environment and human health will participate as invited faculty. M Sc. Jessica Arias coordinates the program with the support of Christian Valverde, Teaching Assistant. 

Students’ experiences can be followed through the Field Notes Undergraduate Blog, that will be active on the second week of February, and through OTS social media channels.

Last Updated ( 01/17/17 )