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Colombia and Ecuador

Global Public Health: Tropical Diseases of Latin America

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PH 40195 Special Topics Course Description: The principal objective of this 2015 planned summer intersession course is to immerse students into the history, culture and public health systems of Latin American countries Colombia and Ecuador. Students will have the opportunity to visit major cities, i.e., Quito, Ecuador, 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 2015 Summer Intersession.  Dates: May 16 - 31, 2015

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Cities Planned:




Rosario Islands



Learning Experiences planned:

History and culture of Ecuador and Colombia

Explore research facilities

Vaccine Development process

Tour of Colombian University

Tours of communities, labs and clinics

Coffee Production Tour

Expert lectures

Day of Service


For more information contact

Mark James, Ph.D

College of Public Health Director of Global Programs

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