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Note: This program will not be offered in summer 2009 but is scheduled to be offered in summer 2010.
Global Health and Economic Development
The program, for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, is designed to give direct hands-on experience in the primary health care, public health, economic development, and NGO capacity-building sectors of the Republic of Senegal; and an understanding of the region’s health, social, and development concerns. The relation between levels of development and health is explored. The course includes a review of current development concepts and indicators, and examines the relationship between global health and development.
Through case studies from NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development), AfriCorps, and other health, social welfare, development agencies and NGOs in Senegal, students analyze how food, nutrition, education, poverty alleviation, human rights, water and health system policies impact health and development in West Africa. Students also compare the situation in the country and the region in the context of the broader impacts of trade agreements, water privatization, decentralization and privatization of the health systems, women’s empowerment, the role of NGOs and development agencies, community participation, access to pharmaceuticals, and pharmaceutical policies in other parts of the world.
The approach to the discussion of the themes is interdisciplinary: epidemiology and public health, political economy, and sociology of professions and of organizations. While previous French and/or Wolof language proficiency is not required, some language ability is essential for students to gain the maximum understanding during the program. For that reason, the first week of the program includes intensive language training for two to four hours each day.
The Republic of Senegal is one of the most democratic and developed countries in West Africa today. The population is nearly 10 million, with two million living in Dakar—the political and economic capital of Senegal and one of West Africa’s most important and vibrant cities. French is the official language of the country, and Wolof (one of many local languages) is the predominant local dialect. Many other languages are also spoken due to the multi-ethnic population. The country has enjoyed political and social stability since achieving independence in 1960, and there is a well developed infrastructure, educational system, and tourist industry.
Saint-Louis—an island city that straddles part of the Langue de Barbie Peninsula, Ile de N’Dar and the mainland—makes a good base from which to explore the rich culture and history of northwest Senegal. With the creation of French West Africa in 1895, Saint-Louis became the capital of the French colonial empire which encompassed Senegal, Sudan, Guinea, and Ivory Coast. The city remained the capital of Senegal and Mauritania until 1958, when all Senegalese administration was moved to Dakar. The city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, is home to Gaston-Berger University, has several nearby national parks, museums and libraries, and maintains a vibrant tourist industry year round.
AfriCorps has a number of project sites and educational collaborations in Dakar and Saint-Louis, and works closely with Gaston Berger University, as well as public health and community development agencies and organizations in Saint-Louis and the surrounding villages.
Students participate in and critically observe public health and community development programs in urban and rural settings in Africa, to demonstrate a competency in international health, public health practice, community development or rapid-appraisal of field-based research in a developing country.
Her current research focus is in global health and development, safe water issues, human rights, and environmental justice. She is actively engaged in research on the development of risk assessment and GIS models to evaluate sanitary risk factors and water related diseases; the implementation of household-based water treatment and safe storage schemes in sub-Saharan Africa; partnerships for community-driven environmental health research to address environmental justice in underserved communities; and access to water and sanitation, and environmental improvements of the SAFE Strategy to eliminate trachoma disease. In addition to her research and work directing Temple’s MPH Program, she works on international health and development activities throughout West Africa, including training, consulting and technical assistance projects in Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Nigeria.
General program dates are tentative and subject to change
Late May to late June
*Please note that this fee is an estimate and will be updated
The Senegal fee includes accommodations, two meals per day (breakfast/dinner), local travel, language study, and group excursions. In addition, students must budget money for round-trip airfare from the United States to Senegal, estimated at $1,700-2,000; personal expenses; required immunizations (approximately $400), health insurance, and the International Student Identity Card (currently $22).