Course Dates: January 6th - 24th, 2014
The January 2014 collaborative public health field course took place in the city of São Paulo, the capital of the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Students participating in the course had the chance to learn from hands-on experience about public health efforts in São Paulo, as well as about the Brazilian health care system, health polices, and endemic infectious diseases in the country.
This collaborative field course was offered by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), the Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo (FCMSCSP), and the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS). A Scientific Organizing Committee is responsible for the planning, review, and assessment of the course, and is comprised of faculty members from HSPH, FMUSP, and FCMSCSP. Professor Marcia Castro is the HSPH leader for the course.
The five topics covered in the course were chosen based on assessments of the major health problems in the city of São Paulo. The topics are HIV/AIDS, Leishmaniasis, Dengue, Tuberculosis, and Mental Health.
The overall course objectives were to enhance participants’ abilities to:
Critically analyze environmental and socioeconomic factors in Brazil that are associated with a high prevalence and geographic distribution of the infectious diseases discussed in this course.
Identify population characteristics, such as nutrition status, immunity, co-morbidities, degree of exposure associated with disease epidemiology and the impact of these factors on disease morbidity and mortality.
Identify and describe selected infectious diseases that are prevalent in Brazil.
Foster lasting academic collaborations and joint research projects between HSPH and Brazilian participants, strengthening personal networks throughout Brazil and internationally.
2014 HSPH Collaborative Course Materials