Kenya Field Practicum in Public Health & Environment

Boston University School of Public Health has partnered with the School for Field Studies to offer an exciting field study opportunity in Kimana, Kenya.

Location

School for Field Studies
Kilimanjaro Bush Camp, Kenya
Credits: 6 credits

Dates: May 26-June 30, 2014
Prerequisites: Epidemiology & Biostatistics core courses
Course: IH 707
Tuition & Fees: $8,304
Room & Board: $1,500

Santander Universities Kenya Program Scholarship: 25 SPH students will receive a $3,000 Santander Kenya Program Scholarship to help cover the cost of room and board, and flight. There is no separate application necessary to be eligible for this funding.

Includes:
Accommodations, meals, Nairobi or Kilimanjaro airport pick up and drop off, in-country transportation, and course materials. Participants pay cost of flight, visa, and Kenya pupil pass. National park entrance fees may cost extra. Students are encouraged to purchase a competitively priced flight through SFS.

Program Specifics:

This 5–week course in Kenya focuses on community health as it relates to the predominantly indigenous Maasai and other tribes residing at the base of Mount Kilamanjaro. These communities face many health challenges including a rise in sanitation-related and water-borne diseases, infant and childhood illnesses, and HIV/AIDS. This year we will conduct monitoring and evaluation of the Community Health Worker Program which is part of the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s Community Health Strategy. Students will collect and analyze data to examine community health improvements as a result of the Community Health Strategy. Students will present results of the data collection and analysis to local Maasai leaders and other stakeholders.

Successful completion of this program meets the MPH practicum requirement for eligible SPH students. Because the program integrates fieldwork, data collection, analysis, findings, and a final presentation to the community, there is no additional practicum process required.

In the five week course, students will:

  • Implement a monitoring and evaluation research project: create data collection instruments, conduct field-based data collection, analyze data, report writing, and present results and recommendations to stakeholders
  • Complete the equivalent of an global health consultancy with the support of knowledgeable faculty, dedicated staff, and a network of committed classmates
  • Make field visits to community health and development programs
  • Work and study with MPH students from Kenya Public Health Programs
  • Experience rural African life in a unique cultural and environmental area
  • Safari to Amboseli National Park

“This course helps us puts things into perspective. It makes us see what the real life public health is all about. More importantly, it makes up apply the theories we have learned in the classroom settings into real life (2013).”

Application:
Open to all SPH students enrolled in an MPH program or public health track. Undergraduate students are not eligible.

Applications available at:
www.bu.edu/ghblast/gh-practicum/kenya-app

Applications will be accepted from December 6, 2013 until February 14, 2014 (early applications encouraged).

Kenya Program Info Sessions:

We will hold two info sessions in November and January where you can come have your questions answered. These will be November 19, 12:301:30 p.m. in CT305 and January 22, 5–6 p.m. in CT305. Take a look here for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from this year’s info session.

For Questions Contact:
Joe Anzalone