• Lectures by local speakers (morning) and material discussion (afternoon)
  • Credits: 3
  • Location: Universidad Austral (Downtown BA), Universidad Austral School of Nursing (Pilar)
  • Visits to public and private hospitals and health care centers
  • Nurse shadowing at Austral Hospital
  • Duration: 2 weeks

* Adjustments can be made to meet different academic or logistical needs.


Program Overview

img 2This program explores the most relevant aspects of the Argentina’s health-care system, the reforms it has suffered and the main health issues in Argentina and in South Americathe.  The program aims at enabling the students to understand the biological, psychological, social, environmental, political and economic variables that shape our health system. There is a special focus on nursing and its current state of affairs in the country and the region.

The program addresses the problem of equality in the health-care system, access to medical care, and the aspects involved in promoting improvements in the health-care system. There will be a reference to the role of local and international organizations and their contributions to global health, as well as the part played by nurses and other professionals.



Main topics

  • The health-care system in Argentina and South America
  • Human resources within the field of nursing in Argentina and the region: evolution and perspectives
  • Relevant health indicators and their connection to public health policies. Understanding sanitary indicators and their relevance. Critique.
  • Issues in maternal and child health in relation to the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Argentina’s program for maternal and child health (Programa Materno Infantil de la Nación). Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud de la Nación). Course of action to reduce mortality among women and children.
  • The role of the State and of the NGO’s in relation to the main topics and  priorities in the health system.
  • Prevailing child-health-related issues.  Programs to combat diarrhea, parasitosis, respiratory diseases, etc.; immunization programs, etc.
  • Nurses and their work in humanitarian organizations. Health and sanitary issues and assistance to people exposed to situation of vulnerability (epidemics, natural disasters).
  • Clinical research in Argentina. Its development in the field of maternal and child care. Research and vulnerable groups. Ethical matters.

Other possible topics

  • Malnutrition
  • HIV AIDS, maternal and child care and human right
  • Regional concerns: The Dengue fever and Chagas
  • Epidemiology and infection control
  • Analysis of the health state of affairs in South America



The program can comprise all or some of the following upon request:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • City tour
  • On-site orientation
  • Assistant professor to help the faculty
  • Shadowing a health professional at the Hospital Universitario Austral during 4-6 hours
  • Simultaneous translation
  • Coffe-breaks
  • Welcome lunch / Farewell lunch
  • Copies of the presentations by the local lecturers
  • Assistance with travel plans in Argentina