U21 HSG Summer School 2016

Start Date
11 July 2016
End Date
23 May 2016
Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile
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Early Critical Windows of Preventive Interventions

The 2016 U21 HS Summer School aims to demonstrate how the use of preventative interventions early in life can be a potent tool to fight chronic diseases later in life.  For example, disorders such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic disturbances, osteoporosis, chronic obstructive lung disease, some forms of cancer and mental illnesses have been associated with unfavorable intrauterine and early life environments. U21 Health Science students will be invited to learn what critical windows exist and what strategies can be implemented to improve the future health of individuals.

During the two week course, students will engage in classroom work, clinical work and group projects.  Students will first be provided evidence to support the learning objectives, then, through clinical observation in an outpatient antenatal care unit students will learn how to self-detect critical windows of intervention. Working collaboratively, student teams will propose interventions based on their service learning experiences.

The Summer School will take an interprofessional learning approach, with students learning in multiprofessional teams.  Students will reflect locally, globally and interdisciplinary when considering interventions of health.  

In addition to their academic responsibilities, students will be given time to explore the landmarks and cultural activities in Santiago and neighboring regions. 

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  • Experimental, global learning with a focus on developing interdisciplinary skills
  • Saturdays will include organized cultural excursions (included in the programme fee); Sundays students will be free to explore on their own 
  • Up to 30 students can participate


  • Undergraduates who have completed their first year.
  • Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Public Health and Rehabilitation Sciences students.
  • U21 Health Sciences Group member universities (University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, University of British Columbia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Fudan University, University of Hong Kong, University College Dublin, Tecnológico de Monterrey, University of Auckland, Korea University, Lund University, University of Birmingham, University of Glasgow, University of Nottingham, University of Connecticut, University of Johannesburg)



The programme fee is USD $670 per student and includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Ground transport in Santiago
  • Some catering (lunch, coffee breaks)
  • Cultural activities

Student participants will be responsible for all other costs including airfares to and from Santiago, visas, insurance and any other associated costs.

How To Register

Program Contact Information

For queries regarding the summer school, contact Marcela Grez (PUC)
For HSG general inquiries, email Caroline Voisine.


Applications for the 2016 Summer School are now closed.

Caroline Voisine, HSG Manager