2015 Public Health Collaborative Field Course in Brazil

This collaborative field course is offered by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), the State 
University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)
, and the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University's David 
Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS)

Course Dates: January 5-22, 2015

Location: Rio de Janeiro city, the capital of Rio de Janeiro State

Course format: The course combines lectures, discussions, site visits (hospitals, health facilities, NGOs, and community-based programs), and group work. Five specific topics are covered in the course: HIV/AIDS, Leishmaniasis, Dengue, Tuberculosis, and Domestic Violence, and students will work in groups of 6 (3 from Harvard, 3 from Brazil), one for each topic.

Participants: 15 students from Harvard and 15 students from Brazil will be selected. Professors from Harvard and faculty from several Brazilian institutions will lecture and lead discussions.

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in Masters, Doctoral or Professional Programs (EPISUS, Medical Rotation, etc.), or work for the SUS (PSF, UBS, Hospitals, EPI Surveillance) with previous research experience. Also, English proficiency is mandatory, and will be evaluated through a phone interview. Past participants of previous editions of the course are not eligible.

Overall objectives: Enhance participants’ abilities to:

  • Critically analyze environmental and socioeconomic factors in Brazil that are associated with a high prevalence and geographic distribution of diseases.
  • Identify population characteristics, such as nutrition status, immunity, degree of exposure associated with disease epidemiology and the impact of these factors on disease morbidity and mortality.
  • Foster lasting academic collaborations and joint research projects between HSPH and Brazilian participants, strengthening personal networks throughout Brazil and internationally.

Course Fee: There is no course fee for Brazilian students. However, students are responsible for travel, hotel, and dinner expenses.