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SPH GH Opportunities

SPH Sponsored Global Health Opportunities

 

Havana, Cuba

 

IPHS 594: Public Health in Cuba

Eight to ten students will be selected to participate in the second offering of the SPH Cuba Program in collaboration with the National School of Public Health (Escuela Nacional de Salud Pública) in Havana, Cuba.

The purpose of the student experience is to gain exposure to and learn from the Cuban health system and public health landscape. Areas of focus include: the epidemiology of health and illness in Cuba, programs to address maternal and child health issues, prevention and control of infectious diseases, Cuba’s health investments and public health strategy, and Cuba’s role in the provision of global health assistance. For more information, please see the application form here.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018: Indicate your interest in the Public Health in Cuba course by sending an email to Erin Fitzpatrick (Efitzpat@uic.edu). This is important as we need to assess how much interest there is in the program in order to align logistics.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018: An information session will be held from 12:00-1:00PM in SPH Room 192. If you are interested in the program, please plan to attend. Topics will include an overview of the program, regulations regarding travel to cuba, program costs, application, etc.

Monday, February 5, 2018: Applications are due!

 

Cuernavaca, Mexico

 

Community Development in a Global Society (June 17-July 14, 2018)

Program Description: The overall goal of this course is to cultivate skills and a critical understanding of community development practice and theory in the context of global public health. The course takes place in Cuernavaca, Mexico in collaboration with Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica. The course includes active participation in classroom seminars, field trips, and interaction with local public health and community development experts.  Students receive 6 UIC credit hours upon completion of the program.

Special Features: All students will take Community Development in a Global Society for 6 credits, Several excursions to sites such as Mexico City and Teotihuacan, Led by UIC professor Jesus Ramirez-Valles, School of Public Health

For more information on this course offering, please see more information here.

SPH Mexico Program

Up to two students will be selected to participate in a field experience during the summer of 2018 in Cuernavaca, Mexico in collaboration with Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP), the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (http://www.insp.mx/). Students will be exposed to the School of Public Health and the INSP educational, practice, and research activities. INSP is looking for creative students who are committed to community-based public health and who have an understanding of global public health. INSP Website: http://www.insp.mx/

Students must apply to the Global Health Program’s Cuernavaca Program. Field experiences will be tailored to students’ interests, qualifications, and host organization faculty match following the applicant selection process. Students may work on specific projects around: physical education, cervical cancer, and smoking, and in the center for population health. http://www.insp.mx/lineas-de-investigacion.html. Other topic areas may be available depending on host faculty scheduling. Students may get involved in other ongoing summer activities at INSP, such as courses and conferences.

For more information, please see the application form here.

 

Kisumu, Kenya

 

SPH Kenya Program

Up to five students will be selected to participate in a field experience during the summer of 2018 in Kisumu, Kenya. Students must first apply to the SPH Kenya Program. Field experiences will be tailored to organizational needs and student qualifications following the applicant selection process. Organizations have expressed need for program planning, evaluation, reporting, fundraising, data analysis, and community outreach. (Please contact Erin Fitzpatrick at Efitzpat@uic.edu for a list of sample organizations and projects.)

Students will be placed in family home stays for the duration of their time in Kenya. The home stay includes room, breakfast and dinner. As culture in Kisumu operates differently to that which we experience here, it is imperative the applicant is flexible and willing to live under hardship conditions (e.g., outdoor latrines, cold water only).

For more information, please see the application form here.

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