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January 2011 HSPH Field Course

This collaborative field course is offered by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), the Fiocruz's Centro de Pesquisa Gonçalo Moniz, 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, Fiocruz, the Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo, the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo and theUniversidade Federal da Bahia. Professors Mary E. Wilson and Marcia Castro are HSPH co-leaders for the course in 2011.

The overall objectives are 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.

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January 2010 HSPH Field Course

This course is offered by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in collaboration with theFiocruz's Centro de Pesquisa Gonçalo Moniz and leading public health institutions in Brazil. The course, which is organized with the support of the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), last took place in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil) from January 4th to January 20th, 2010 and included faculty and students from HSPH and from top Brazilian universities and institutions. It will take place for the fourth consecutive year in January 2011. 

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The 2010 course built on successful experiences in the inaugural course, held in January 2008 at the Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo Medical School (Santa Casa), and the January 2009 course hosted by the Fiocruz in Bahia.

January 2009 HSPH Field Course

This collaborative course is offered by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and theFiocruz's Centro de Pesquisa Gonçalo Moniz with the support of the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS). The course is taking place in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil) from January 6 to January 22, 2009 and includes faculty and students from HSPH, Fiocruz, and numerous leading public health institutions from throughout Brazil. The 2009 course builds on the experience of the inaugural course in January 2008 and benefits from the continued collaboration of the Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo Medical School (Santa Casa). It includes students from the US, Brazil, Nigeria, and Pakistan who have diverse experiences as anthropologists, lab scientists, social workers, statisticians, development policy specialists, physicians, and more.

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This course is made possible thanks to the financial support of Pedro Conde Filho to the DRCLAS Brazil Office and Brazil Studies Program; the Lemann Family Endowment; the Harvard Initiative for Global Health (HIGH); and the CNPq (Brazil's National Council for Technological and Scientific Development).

January 2008 HSPH Field Course

This collaborative course was offered by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo Medical School (Santa Casa) with the support of the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) from January 6 to January 21, 2008. The course included professors and professionals from numerous leading public health institutions in Brazil.

The course focused on several infectious diseases, such as schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, malaria, dengue, Chagas disease and yellow fever, that are present in Brazil. The students gained an overview of these diseases and emphasis was given to the relationship between health, disease and the socio-economic and community factors in the context of Brazil.

Participating Students from Harvard School of Public Health
HSPH students participated in this new course as part of WinterSession, a special term at HSPH which runs during the first weeks of January. The course includes 15 HSPH students.

Participating Students from Brazil
The Santa Casa managed a competitive and open process to select participants for this collaborative course. Fifteen Brazilian students from leading Brazilian institutions are enrolled in this for-credit graduate course through the Santa Casa.

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