HHS 350 – Costa Rica

Zip-lining, HHS 350 - Costa Rica

Zip-lining, HHS 350 – Costa Rica

Do some zip-lining in Costa Rica during Winter break? HHS 350 students will!  Students who apply in the Costa Rica section of HHS 350 will head way south to the wondrous land of Costa Rica for 9 days!

HHS 350, Costa Rica section, is a 3-unit course that fulfills the CHHS International Experience Requirement, SDSU GE Explorations Area B (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Cultural Diversity, and includes a 9-day international experience in San Jose, Costa Rica!

Lectures from SDSU faculty during the semester-long, ONLINE course will include the following topics:

  • historical aspects of international health and human services
  • economic development and health and social science
  • nutrition in a developing country
  • globalization, health, and HIV/AIDS



  • ONLINE course throughout Spring 2018 semester
  • Students must attend 3 mandatory, in-person, pre-departure meetings on the SDSU campus:
    • Online meeting in October, date TBD
    • Friday, November 17, 1:00-2:30pm *updated
    • Friday, December 8, 1:00-2:30pm
  • 9-day international field experience:
    •  Friday January 5th, 2018 through Saturday January 13th, 2018 (NOTE: Most students depart San Diego Thursday January 4th, 2018)

Field Experience

DRAFT Itinerary HHS 350 Costa Rica

Housing and Meals

Students are housed with families in Costa Rica (shared rooms), including two meals per day. A welcome group meal and farewell group meal also included.


3 units of SDSU resident credit.  This course satisfies SDSU’s GE Explorations Area B (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Cultural Diversity and CHHS International Experience requirements


Program Fee: $1,245.00 (fee was based on final student enrollment)

  • Program fee includes accommodation, some meals, in-country transportation, and activities
  • Program fee excludes SDSU tuition, mandatory international health insurance (approximately $60), airfare, Costa Rica airport departure tax (approx. $29), refundable housing damage deposit ($125), optional ziplining tour, and personal expenses

Non-refundable program fee due in full in order to hold your space in the class. 

NOTE: Program fee payment can be made in Cash, Check or Debit ONLY! Credit cards not accepted at the Cashier’s window


  • Application required. More details can be found HERE
  • Majors outside of CHHS are welcome to apply, however priority is given to graduating seniors in the following CHHS majors;
    • Exercise & Nutritional Sciences
      • Athletic Training
      • Kinesiology
      • Foods & Nutrition
    • Nursing
    • Public Health
    • Social Work
      • Social Work
      • Gerontology
    • Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences

FAQs for the Spring 2018 Instructor-Led HHS 350 program

Who are my Group Leaders for HHS 350 - Costa Rica (Winter break)?

HHS 350 – Costa Rica (Winter break): Martha Enciso, Ed.D.

Dr. Enciso is the Associate Director of the San Diego State University Weber Honors College. She assists in recruiting underrepresented students, mentoring, teaching, and in scholar development in high impact practices. She has experience working in international education, fellowships/scholarships, student retention, cultural centers, and diversity initiatives involving first generation students, transfer students, and underrepresented students. Dr. Enciso previously worked at the University of Southern California at the Office of Academic and International Fellowships and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Masters of Education programs at the USC Rossier School of Education. She enjoys traveling, listening to live music, dancing, and is a life long learner. 


Sharon Penny, M.S.

Sharon has a long history as an Aztec. She received her bachelor of arts degree in Journalism and then a master of science degree in Mass Communication in 1997 from San Diego State University. She returned to her alma mater as a staff member in 1998, working as the director of Communications Services in the Division of Student Affairs. There she oversaw all publications and websites for the Division. She received the Top 25 Presidential award in 2000, and a Vice Presidential award in 2011. She taught University Seminar for four years. Sharon retired from SDSU in 2013, but returned on a part-time basis in early 2016, serving in her former role as interim director. In July 2017, she moved to the Vice President for Student Affairs office working on special communications projects for the Vice President. A San Diego native, Sharon loves to travel, reading, gardening, music, and she is a seasoned writer and photographer. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and her two dogs, Pedro and Augie. This will be her first trip to Costa Rica.