CPH Announces International Partnership with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
As the world focuses on Brazil, the Olympics and how the country handles the spreading zika virus, the College of Public Health will be front and center in the discussion after having formed an official international partnership with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, one of the world’s pre-eminent public health institutions, expanding its reach to include India, China, and multiple Latin American nations.
Dr. Mark James, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, and Epidemiology in the College of Public Health, served as the primary architect of the Oswaldo Cruz- KSU partnership. After close to a year of research exchange and negotiation, a memorandum of understanding was drafted and a programmatic agenda was set.
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation has a long history of tropical medicine research, as well as leadership within the field. Luminaries, such as Dr. Carlos Chagas, have served as directors, providing new insights into the prevention and control of tropical diseases in Brazil.
The Oswaldo Cruz partnership will benefit faculty and students, generating opportunities for bilateral educational and scientific exchange. Opportunities will vary, ranging from brief immersion courses to semester-long investigations and in-depth programs focusing on research.
In the coming months, the partnership will introduce its first major initiatives. In May, the Global Health Latin America Immersion course will offer KSU students an opportunity to spend two weeks in Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, Brazil, learning about endemic tropical diseases, touring research institutes, and observing the impact of tropical diseases on communities in the region. KSU also will develop a biostatistics course for the research staff of Oswaldo Cruz, teaching experimental design and analytic methodology.