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Panama and Colombia

Global Public Health: Tropical Diseases of Latin America

Colombian Mountainside

PH 40195 Special Topics Course Description: The principal objective of this 2014 planned summer intersession course is to immerse students into the history, culture and public health systems of Latin American countries Panama and Colombia. Students will have the opportunity to visit major cities, i.e., Panama City, Panama and Cali, Colombia, rural areas, and well-known tourist destinations. Students will gain an understanding of current scientific research on tropical diseases of local public health relevance, such as malaria. The course will focus on the basic biology of disease, mechanisms of transmission (epidemiology), and efforts to develop vaccines against malaria. The course is designed primarily for sophomores, juniors and seniors who are public health or biological science majors. Master's level students will also be accepted. Knowledge of basic Spanish language is useful but not necessary.

Planned for 2014 Summer Intersession.  Dates: Mid - late May

Map of Columbia

Cities Planned:

            Panama City

            Cali

            Buenaventura

            Cartagena

            Rosario Islands

 

Learning Experiences planned:

History and culture of Panama and Colombia

Tour Panama Canal and Rainforest

Explore research facilities

Vaccine Development process

Tour of Colombian University

Tours of communities, labs and clinics

Coffee Production Tour

Expert lectures

Day of Service

Shopping

 

For more information contact

Mark James, Ph.D

College of Public Health Director of Global Programs

mjames22@kent.edu