International Health Practice (Philippines)

  • SPH HC 840: Field Practice in the Philippines
    Graduate Prerequisites: Good academic standing. Completed 12 MPH credits, including the core courses in Epi, Bio, and SB, plus IH 703 or IH704. Must apply by stated program deadline.
    Students take HC840 as part of the The Program in International Health Practice (PIHP) in the Philippines. The program is open to students by application only. The deadline for applications for fall is April 15 and for spring is October 15. Students participate in an intensive five-week field experience in a rural setting a few hours from Metro-Manila. Students become a member of an existing group of Philippine students. This group will have chosen a topic such as "Diabetes as a Community Health Issue" or "Taking on Diarrheal Disease at the Community Level" in a community (barangay or ?neighborhood?). As a group, they spend 10-12 hours every day, adding up to over 250 field practice hours spent analyzing their particular public health problem and planning the intervention. Short reports are written along the way, and the major academic product is a bound Final Group Report, which is presented to College of Public Health faculty and also brought back for review by the BU-DIH Faculty Coordinator. The Philippines Program plus two skills-based professional development seminars done separately from the Philippines Program meets the MPH degree practicum requirement.
  • SPH HC 841: Community Health Financing
    Graduate Prerequisites: Good academic standing. Completed 12 MPH credits, including the core courses in Epi, Bio, and SB, plus IH 703 or IH704. Must apply by stated program deadline.
    Students take HC841 as part of the Program in International Health Practice Philippines. This program is open to students in the MPH program by application only; students must apply by the stated deadlines. The goal of HC841 is for students to acquire a theoretical and practical understanding of community health financing alternatives by exposure to actual community financing programs in the Philippines. Students learn how poor communities pool their resources to pay for medical care when it is needed. Specifically, students meet with fund managers at each of the rural health funds, interview them to find out how such a fund is set up and how it is kept running. Students pay special attention to discovering lessons of success at each of these community health financing funds, and any pitfalls experienced along the way. Community members are also interviewed, to find out their personal experience with a community financed health care system. In addition, students meet others involved with the community financing system, including midwives, rural health workers, and physicians, to discover their personal experiences with community financing systems.
  • SPH HC 842: Coursework at University of Philippines, Manila Campus
    Graduate Prerequisites: Good academic standing. Completed 12 MPH credits, including the core courses in Epi, Bio, and SB, plus IH course work. Must apply by statedprogram deadline.
    Students in HC842 at part of the Program in International Health Practice in the Philippines. As part of the requirements of HC842, students attend classes in Manila, at the University of the Philippines, College of Public Health, earning 8 credits towards the MPH degree. For more information, go to http://sph.bu.edu/ih/philippines.