Community Health and Family Medicine

Universidad de La Sabana logoThis academic summer program is offered by the Faculty of Medicine at Universidad de La Sabana in Chía, Colombia. The ‘Community Health and Family Medicine in Colombia‘ program will investigate primary health care provision and community health in Colombia.

Built with a combination of practical, clinic-based training and classroom teaching, the course offers participants an invaluable chance to learn from leading medical professionals, interact with patients and evaluate treatment practices.

Study Healthcare in Colombia

The program is open to current or future Medicine undergraduate students, aimed specifically at those interested in a career in community or family Medicine. It will provide unique practical experiences and insights into global health provision, encouraging analysis of the Latin American system in particular.

Students will learn about community diagnosis, prioritization in health resources, and development and evaluation of community health improvement plans in Colombia.

In clinical and classroom settings, the program will review the importance of community participation, inter-sectoral action and leadership and the challenges of establishing successful community health programs. Participants will be able to apply their knowledge in various clinics and through direct contact with the community in the area of influence of Universidad de La Sabana.

Each week, students will receive:

  • 12 hours of Clinical Training (hospital appointments under the supervision of a Resident Doctor, maximum 2 students per Resident Doctor)
  • 13 hours of Classroom Activities (delivered in English by academics from La Sabana’s Faculty of Medicine. Academic content will be closely linked to the practical elements of the program, and students will investigate topics such as Confidence and Credibility in Community Healthcare, the Challenges of Community Healthcare in Migrant Communities and the Principles of Family Medicine)
  • 4 hours of Community Visits (participants will attend various local medical projects developed to improve community health)

The exact details of the academic content and format may be subject to change. To find out more, or to request a copy of the syllabus, please contact us.

Universidad de La Sabana

Founded in 1979, Universidad de La Sabana quickly established its reputation for academic excellence and innovation. A prestigious private university with its own teaching hospital, La Sabana places an important emphasis on research and international collaboration, which means that it offers a fantastic learning environment for overseas students.

Located in Chía, on the outskirts of the capital city, the secure campus is surrounded by beautiful mountains and green agricultural land. Campus buildings and classrooms are stylish and modern. The university has wi-fi throughout, a well-equipped library, sports fields and many restaurants and cafes to choose from.

Explore our photo gallery or click on the images below to find out more about Universidad de La Sabana’s campus and facilities.

The Program Package

The program is arranged as a package that includes the classes and practical medical visits, a private en-suite room in secure accommodation close to the university campus, an airport pickup upon arrival in Bogota and a calendar of social and cultural activities.

Students are housed as a group close to the university campus. Red Tree Study’s program coordinators will be housed in the same accommodation for the duration of the course and will be on hand to help with any questions and in case of emergency.

The evening and weekend social program includes a variety of supervised activities – from excursions to discover Colombia’s beautiful landscapes to group meals offering participants the chance to sample typical Colombian cuisine. These activities are carefully selected to enrich your understanding and enjoyment of the country.

Optional Spanish Language Module

The program also offers students the chance to participate in a week-long intensive Spanish language course at the Universidad de La Sabana’s excellent Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures.

Classes will be designed specifically to develop students’ medical Spanish skills and to help with the practical, patient-facing elements of the Community Health and Family Medicine course.

The Spanish language module will run at the beginning of the course, from Monday 5 to Friday 9 June. Participants will be provided with the same accommodation and social calendars for the Spanish and Medical elements of the program.

Dates and Applications

This 4 week academic program will run at Universidad de la Sabana from Monday 12 June – Friday 7 July 2017. Students enrolling on the optional Spanish language module will enrol one week earlier, on Monday 5 June 2017. Accommodation is provided from Sunday 11 or Sunday 6 June – Friday 7 July 2017 inclusive.

Option 1: Community Healthcare and Family Medicine plus Spanish
Monday 5 June – Friday 7 July 2017, 5 weeks
$4,500 USD

Option 2: Community Healthcare and Family Medicine
Monday 12 June – Friday 7 July 2017, 4 weeks
$3,900 USD

Price includes academic program, supervised accommodation (private en-suite room, bed and breakfast), an airport transfer on arrival, excursions and social activities.

For more information,  or to make an application, please contact