Philippines Exchange Program
Program in International Health Practice
The Program in International Health Practice (PIHP) in the Philippines provides SPH students with the opportunity to fulfill the field practice requirement, by spending either a fall or spring semester attending classes at the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila (CPH-UPM), and participating in a number of field practice activities in a developing country setting.
This 16-credit program is particularly appropriate for International Health (IH) concentrators but may also appeal to concentrators in other departments. It combines three essential parts of your international health education:
- gives experience living in a developing country
- awards 16 credits (8 elective/8 IH)
- fulfills the field practice requirement
In addition to coursework and field placement activities organized by CPH-UPM, students also participate in a community health & finance immersion experience led by Maria Cristina Carganilla-Paruñgao, RMT, MBAH, Executive Director of an INAM in the Philippines. This course introduces students to how rural communities finance their health programs.
Applications to the program are considered on a rolling basis, so students are advised to apply early, as space is limited. The deadline to apply for the spring program is October 15, and the fall program deadline is April 15. NOTE: The UPM/CPH fall program runs from early August to mid-December; the spring program runs mid-January to early June.
Prior to embarking on this program, students should have completed core courses in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Social & Behavioral Sciences, plus either IH 704 or IH 703. Also, consistent with SPH regulations governing field practice, students must have taken at least 12 credits of coursework at SPH.
- Program Application (Word Document)