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Global Opportunities

Graduate Students

Costa Rica

Costa Rica
“The Medicinal Plants elective in Costa Rica was one of the most memorable and irreplaceable experience of my life.  I gained a true and intimate knowledge of the use of medical plants for tropical disease states, as well as recognizing medical plants as an integral piece of the health care system.”  - Zac Hill, Student Pharmacist

Medical Plants and Tropical Diseases Elective Course

This 2-credit hour course offered through the SIUE School of Pharmacy explores medicinal plants, tropical diseases and climate changes in Costa Rica.  Pharmacy students enrolled in this course travel to Costa Rica, allowing for the opportunity to experience hands-on research in medicinal plant use and tropical diseases. 

Activities are in collaboration with University of Costa Rica faculty and staff members of the Carara National Park and Manuel Antonio Park. They participate in lectures, seminars and guided tours of the Natural Products Research Center (CIPRONA) and the national park rainforests. Students also have the opportunity to interview local healers and experts in alternative medicine treatments.  Through this experience, students gain a greater knowledge of infectious global diseases, which is imperative for pharmacists who counsel patients who have traveled outside the U.S. or who are non-native residents. This experience is available for third year professional pharmacy students.

The average cost is $1500 per student, with more than ten third year students traveling annually during the month of March. You may volunteer to facilitate students' participation in Costa Rica or sponsor a student.

Year implemented: Spring 2013

Faculty: Marcelo Nieto, Ph.D. and Cathy Santanello, Ph.D. 


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