Public Health in the Dominican Republic
This course examines the cultural, political, economic, and geographic contexts of meeting public health needs in the context of a developing nation. Through fieldwork with local public health agencies in the Dominican Republic and living with families in rural communities, students gain a dynamic perspectives on how communities define and meet their public health needs. Seminars and readings include investigations of how policy, the pharmaceutical industry, economics, and history shape current challenges and opportunities.
Work alongside health care professionals on public health projects across the Dominican Republic. Explore this Caribbean island while immersing yourself in local culture and practicing your Spanish in a healthcare setting. Identify health needs of rural, urban, wealthy, and impoverished communities and contribute to meaningful public service initiatives. Gain insight into access to care, hygiene, and stable housing and how these connect to well being. Collaborate with local public health NGOs to gain an understanding of the local issues through site visits at local public health institutions. Apply your new knowledge to helping communities in need through the delivery of a community project.