Philippines Exchange Program

Program in International Health Practice

altThe Program in International Health Practice (PIHP) in the Philippines provides SPH students with the opportunity to fulfill the field practice requirement, by spending the summer (May – August; 12-weeks) at the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila (CPH-UPM) participating in two field-based courses in a developing country and a placement with a public health agency.

This 6-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 6 credits (6 IH)
  • fulfills the field practice requirement

Students take two field-based courses.  The first, taught by Dr. Lydia Leonardo of University of the Philippines, Manila – College of Public Health (UPM-CPH), focuses on parasitology – specifically, examining schistosomaisis, malaria, and soil-transmitted helminthes control programs.  The second course is a community health financing study tour, led by Cris Paruñgao, RMT, MBAH, Executive Director of an Integrative Medicine for Alternative Health Care Systems in the Philippines (INAM). This course introduces students to how Filipino communities finance their health programs. In the last 5 weeks of the program, students work with a local, national or international organization in the Philippines, to take on a public health project.

Filipino kids clamoring in for a picture

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.

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 summer program is March 7.  To learn out more about the program contact Joe Anzalone at 617-638-5396, or josanz@bu.edu.  To apply, complete an Philippines_App and upload it to this site.

Spring 2006 Students explore Manila