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Extended Study to Uganda

ENST 333: Environment and Community Health in Africa: A Case Study in Rural Uganda


Directors: Professor Frank Frey , Department of Biology and Professor Peter Scull, Department of Geography
On-campus course: ENST 233: Global Environmental Health Issues
Travel dates: May 19 – June 10, 2015
Course credit: Half credit (.5)
Prerequisites: ENST 233


Environmental health is a field of interdisciplinary study that intetgrates human society and behavior with ecological processes  to understand the environmental dimensions of human health. This 0.5 credit course focuses on knowledge generated in the natural and social sciences that concerns human-environmental interactions and its implications for human health. It introduces students to the conceptual and empirical underpinnings of the direct and indirect relationships between environment and health, approaches to measuring these relationships, and the ways in which health policies, programs and clinical practices have been organized to reduce risk at various geographic scales: locally, nationally and internationally. Regional implications of global climate and other global processes provide an important context for this course. This course also explicitly demonstrates the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to investigating questions in global environmental health and the complexity of environmental analysis.


The curriculum of this .5 credit extended study in rural Southwestern Uganda focuses on health issues such as disease prevalence and access to health care in remote villages near national parks. Ecological dimensions of human health are considered, including infectious disease transmission, sanitation, access to water, nutrition and household environment. Students participate in the following educational projects: (1) workshops in research methods for clinical and community health; (2) field studies with health professionals; (3) community outreach regarding environmental and community health assets and needs. Ideally, students should bring background and interests in environmental studies, biology and geography.

In the spring 2011 Colgate Scene magazine, Rebecca Costello wrote a story about the Buhoma, Uganda, program.
Spring 2015 Uganda informational flyer
2015 Uganda estimated Student Expenses