USD Students Will Study Health Care Delivery Services in Cuba

Screen shot 2015-05-05 at 7.19.15 AMVERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will offer a new program that allows students to study health service administration in Cuba while also learning about the people, art and culture of America’s island neighbor.

The first group of 15 students and their professor will visit Cuba during winter break, visiting hospitals and the university medical clinic, and observing community projects.

“We chose Cuba because it is known around the world for its national health system where all residents have access to cost-effective health care, and because it is a leader in providing health care for nearly a hundred developing countries,” said Professor Carole South-Winter, who teaches health care administration in the USD Beacom School of Business.

“Cuba also has a world-renowned medical training program, making it an ideal location for USD students to compare and examine different health care systems and means of delivery,” she said.

The students will enroll in a course entitled Health Services Administration Abroad, which will cover the formation and operation of public health policies. South-Winter points out that Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate than that of the United States and also has a life expectancy of 78 years, one of the best on the American continent.


The University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business, established in 1927 and located at the flagship campus in Vermillion, is the leading business school in the state of South Dakota and the region. The Beacom School of Business has been accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) since 1949 and its MBA program has been accredited by AACSB since 1965. USD’s Beacom School of Business has been consistently ranked by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and others for its high quality learning experience, student success, affordability, flexibility, and high-caliber of faculty and students.


Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state’s only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. View more information.

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Peter Carrels
Marketing Communications & University Relations
The University of South Dakota
[email protected], May 4, 2015

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