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Brazil: Health in Brazil (Summer)
Various, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission 07/31/2015 08/21/2015

** 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:
Open to: Students from any U.S. institution Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.7 Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Any, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Exercise Science, Health and Human Services, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy Term: Summer
Housing Options: Host Family, Off Campus Program Advisor: Olga Crombie
Program Description:

Health in Brazil

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Health in Brazil is an exchange program between the University at Buffalo (UB) and the Universidade Presidente Antonio Carlos (UNIPAC), Brazil. UNIPAC is a private multi-campus institution, with campuses in 16 cities across the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. 2011 will mark the 8th year of successful reciprocal exchanges between UB and UNIPAC in the area of health and rehabilitation.

During most of the program, the group will stay with host families in medium-size cities in which UNIPAC has campuses.

The program will include visits to nearby points of interest within driving distance of these cities, such as historical towns with their colonial architecture and art. The group will also spend several days in the city of Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, which boasts a famous artisans’ fair and brilliant soccer teams.

The program concludes with four days in Rio de Janeiro where students will tour the internationally famous panoramic sites and experience Rio’s vibrant culture.

Health in Brazil is an intensive 3-credit elective course focusing on comparisons between health services in the US and Brazil.

The program begins in Buffalo with a pre-departure orientation session, which will include an overview of the history, culture and political system of Brazil, as well as information about its university system. Characteristics and history of the region that the students will be visiting will also be included. Students are not required to study the Portuguese language, but a few introductory classes may be arranged for students who wish them.

Once in Brazil, the academic program at UNIPAC will include lectures on the organization of health services in Brazil, health care in the private and public sectors, a profile of the principal health care providers, university preparation for health professionals, and the job market for them. Site visits are an integral part of the academic program, and include clinics, hospitals and community programs.

Since many of these visits will be to neighboring towns and cities, the field trips will serve the dual purpose of technical visits and opportunities to experience other locations in the region.

For most of the program, UB students will stay with families selected by UNIPAC, usually UNIPAC faculty or students. This will expose students to Brazilian culture and family life, and result in a deeper understanding of Brazilian culture. While in Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, the group will stay in hotels arranged by the program.

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer.
Please contact the Faculty Program Advisors:

John Stone
Mary Matteliano