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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), Professor Peter Scull (Department of Geography), and Professor Ellen Kraly (Department of Geography)
On-campus course: N/A
Tentative travel dates: May 18 – June 13, 2013
Course credit: Half credit (.5)
Prerequisites: Prior research experience is not necessary; however, to be eligible, students must register for or have completed one of the following courses:

BIOL 330, BIOL 341, BIOL 364, BIOL 491 (Frey),
GEOG 306, GEOG 316, GEOG/PCON 317, GEOG 345, GEOG 491 (Kraly or Scull)

The majority of this 0.50 credit extended study is held in villages proximate to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda. The curriculum focuses on health issues including disease prevalence and access to health care in remote villages adjacent to national parks. Ecological dimensions of human health are considered including infectious disease transmission, sanitation and access to water, nutrition, and household environment.

Students participate in the following educational projects with a diverse array of community leaders:
  1. training workshops in research methods for clinical and community health;
  2. field studies with health professionals to improve health data collection; and
  3. community outreach to understand environmental and community health assets and needs in the region.
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.
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