School children at an eye screening program

January 30, 2017

Three separate groups of School of Public Health students scattered to three continents for study abroad programs over the winter break.

India: East Meets West: Contrasting Public Health Priorities, Pragmatics and Polemics in the US and India

A group of 12 students travelled to South India with Dr. Donna Howard in the course, “India: East Meets West: Contrasting Public Health Priorities, Pragmatics and Polemics in the US and India.” They learned about Indian culture by visiting Hindu temples, attending a traditional dance, and staying overnight on a traditional houseboat with the idea that understanding the culture is an important part of understanding the public health system. Students visited workplaces, schools, and homes, getting a glimpse into everyday life. “While our public health concerns and systems differ, each are rooted in humanity,” SPH Department of Behavioral and Community Health master’s candidate Callie Koesters said, expressing gratitude for the gracious and warm welcome their group received in India.

We have several stunning photos of their trip, courtesy of Callie Koesters.

New Zealand: Sport, Commerce, & Culture in the Global Marketplace

Dr. Adam Beissel and his students gained some cross-cultural perspectives on sport and physical activity on their trip to New Zealand as the culmination of his class Sport, Commerce, & Culture in the Global Marketplace, which aimed to explore how the sporting industry of New Zealand is experienced by the public, private, and non-profit sectors. As Dr. Beissel relates, “We also organized social sporting activities—surfing, sailing, netball, touch rugby, soccer, cricket, korfball—to introduce students to popular New Zealand sporting practice, encourage them to build teamwork and relationships with one another, and allow them to move their body physically in/through these new sporting contexts.” Through all of this, the goal for students is to understand the various ways in which sport is structured, funded, and experienced by diverse populations around the world. 

Several students blogged about their experiences on the trip:

Peru: Public Health without Borders partners with Compone community on traffic safety issues

Another group of SPH students traveled with the group Public Health Without Borders to Compone, Peru. Students, together with Dr. Graciela Jaschek, continued work on health care and infrastructure projects begun in previous years by PHWB and another student group, Engineers Without Borders. This was the sixth trip to Peru that Public Health Without Borders has made. "The trip to Peru was really challenging, but the students were amazingly versatile, thinking on their feet as the ground kept shifting every day," Dr. Jaschek said. "As a result, they managed to successfully complete all the tasks they had planned in the most creative ways! The students were very busy negotiating a contract for the construction of a pedestrian bridge and testing the chlorination system on behalf of Engineers without Borders. In addition, they conducted interviews with leaders and community members to prepare for an implementation trip in August. This summer, the students are planning to conduct nutrition demonstrations and yoga classes for adults, and interventions for children."

Dr. Jaschek shared photos of their adventures.

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