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A 2012 UGA Costa Rica student Says:
Conservation Medicine & Conservation BiologyUndergraduate, Graduate / Summer / Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources | School of Veterinary Medicine
Conservation medicine is an emerging field that is concerned with the interface between human health, animal health (both wild and domestic) and ecosystem health. It is a synthesis of the fields of veterinary medicine, public health, ecology, forestry and natural resources and the principles of conservation biology, biogeography, population genetics, economics, sociology, anthropology, philosophy and other disciplines to understand and maintain biological diversity throughout the world. Conservation biology is the scientific study of the nature and status of Earth's biodiversity with the aim of protecting species, their habitats, and ecosystems from excessive rates of extinction. It is also an interdisciplinary subject drawing on sciences, economics, social sciences, and the practice of natural resource management.
Who should attend this program? Professionals faced with a career in wildlife health, wildlife biology, wildlife management, human-animal or domestic animal/wildlife-interface issues and those interested in habitat/wildlife conservation will benefit from a solid foundation in both of these disciplines. Undergraduate students interested in conservation, ecology, wildlife, the pre-veterinary, or pre-medical majors, graduate and veterinary students in wildlife management, conservation biology, wildlife disease investigation, disease ecology and wildlife medicine.
An international location for this course lends itself well to covering issue facing the developing world such as emergent diseases, the relationship between problems such as dwindling water sources and disease, and animal and public health challenges. This 30 day course aims to provide students from various backgrounds with the opportunity to learn and practice the principles of conservation biology/medicine using the ecology and fauna of Costa Rica (an area of rich biodiversity with a long history of conservation research).
Specific objectives of the course are to learn and practice the basic principles and major topics of conservation medicine and conservation biology in field conditions, including Costa Rican culture, while providing service/outreach to local communities; to understand how to create and implement hypothesis-drive research projects in the field; to develop efficient and safe field work skills in a tropical environment; to understand how the interplay of humans and nature have shaped the landscape in Costa Rica; to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and integration between students in veterinary medicine, ecology, and wildlife/forestry/natural resources; to understand the cultural and socioeconomic issues that relevant to conservation biology and conservation medicine; to foster US-Costa Rican cultural integration between UGA students and faculty with the people of Costa Rica.
How are these objectives met? We will travel to 4 sites in Costa Rica where we will immerse ourselves in the natural history and prevalent conservation issues of that particular region and will conduct both observational and experimental work to answer questions embedded in the major themes of conservation medicine-conservation biology. In the process we will engage in specific outreach or service-learning activities that are meant to “leave something behind” while learning firsthand the needs and values of Costa Rica and its people, as well as try to understand the socioeconomic and cultural context that leads to the major conservation issues facing these regions. One major portion of this course will focus on wildlife disease investigation/surveillance in the context of endangered species, the wildlife-domestic animal interface or public health. Another large component is identifying conservation challenges and solutions. Lastly, basic natural history and ecology will be explored at each site.
Please note: The course numbers will soon be changing for the program. In the mean time, please contact Sonia Hernandez with any questions about the course specifics.
March 21 2014
June 8 - July 8, 2014
Enrollment is limited to 18 qualified students. Students will earn 6 credit hours.
To apply, students must submit a complete UGA Costa Rica program application and UGA transient application (if applicable). A $300 deposit will be required 10 days after your official acceptance and is payable via the UGA Student Accounts System. The deposit will be refunded if the applicant withdraws by the program's withdrawal deadline (see below). If you are a transient student, please click here for complete application instructions.
- WILD(ECOL) 4575/L
- WILD(ECOL) 6575/L
- POPH5118 - Conservation Medicine - Conservation Biology
- POPH5418 - Conservation Medicine - Conservation Biology
Costs & Payments
Program fees are approximately $TBD*, which covers all lodging (both on- and off-campus), three meals per day, travel insurance, and all sponsored in-country transportation and entry fees. Additional costs include UGA in-state tuition† and fees, personal items, and international airfare. For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the UGA Bursar's website.
* The final program fee is subject to student enrollment.
† Note: Out-of-state students pay in-state tuition. Additionally, the HOPE scholarship applies to those who are eligible.
Once you are admitted, all program fees will be charged to your Student Account. You may pay online with a credit card or mail a check to the Bursar's Office. Access your Student Account here. If you receive a scholarship from either OIE or UGA Costa Rica, or plan to utilize financial aid, please notify the UGA Costa Rica Office should any payment need to be submitted after the deadlines. We are generally willing to work with students who have special circumstances.
An additional application and $60 processing fee is required for non-UGA students to enroll. Click here for instructions and to download the Transient Student application. Contact the UGA Costa Rica Office to confirm once you have started the application process. And per University of Georgia policy, all non-UGA students will be charged a $250 fee in addition to their tuition (unless a student of a USG or SEC institution), which is assessed by the UGA Bursar's office.
Other dates / Deadlines
Application Deadline: March 21, 2014
Withdrawal deadline: March 31, 2014
After this date, students who withdraw from the program will be responsible to forfeit their initial deposit as well as any program costs that have been spent on their behalf (e.g., hotel reservations, transportation, and payments to local vendors). To withdraw a student must submit the official withdrawal form.
Final Payment Deadline: June 1, 2014
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