Latin America: Brazil | Kent State University

PH 40195 Special Topics Course Description

The principal objective of this 2018 summer intersession course is to immerse students into the history, culture and public health systems of Brazil. Students will have the opportunity to visit major cities, i.e., Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, rural areas, as well as 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 diagnose and treat tropical infectious diseases. 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 Portuguese is useful but not necessary. 

Planned for 2018 Summer Intersession

May 13 - 27, 2018

Cities Planned

  • Manaus (in the Brazilian Amazon)
  • Rio de Janeiro

Learning Experiences Planned

  • History and culture of Brazil
  • Explore research facilities
  • Vaccine development process
  • Tours of communities, labs, and clinics
  • Expert lectures by Oswald Cruz Foundation
  • Day trips to Copacabana beach, Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) and  Sugar Mountain
  • Shopping
  • Excursion on Amazon River

For more information contact:

Mark James, Ph.D
College of Public Health, Director of Global Programs
mjames22@kent.edu