2018 Public Health Collaborative Course in Brazil

This collaborative field course is offered by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), and the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS).

Course dates: January 3-19, 2018

Location: Fortaleza, the capital city of Ceará state.

Course format: The course combines lectures, discussions, site visits (hospitals, health facilities, NGOs, and community-based programs), and group work. Five specific topics are covered in the course: HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Dengue/Zika/Chikungunya, Early Childhood Development and Violence. Students will work in groups of 6 (3 from Harvard, 3 from Brazil), one for each topic.

Participants: 15 students from Harvard and 15 students from Brazil will be selected. Professors from Harvard and faculty from several Brazilian institutions will lecture and lead discussions.

Eligibility: Brazilian applicants must be enrolled in Masters, Doctoral or Professional Programs (EPISUS, Medical Residency Program, etc.), or work for the SUS (PSF, UBS, Hospitals, EPI Surveillance) with previous research experience. Also, English proficiency is mandatory, and will be evaluated through a phone interview. Past participants of previous editions of the course are not eligible.

Overall objectives: Enhance participants’ abilities to:

  • Critically analyze environmental and socioeconomic factors in Brazil that are associated with a high prevalence and geographic distribution of diseases and additional major public health concerns.
  • Identify population characteristics, such as nutrition status, immunity, degree of exposure associated with disease epidemiology and the impact of these factors on disease morbidity and mortality.
  • Foster lasting academic collaborations and joint research projects between HSPH and Brazilian participants, strengthening personal networks throughout Brazil and internationally.

Course fee: There is no course fee for Brazilian students. However, students are responsible for travel, lodging and dinner expenses.

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