MPH Panama Practicum 2012: Adios Panama!!!

From watching huge ships nudge their way through the Panama Canal to visiting the Embara community, I had an unforgettable experience in Panama!  One of the most memorable was our canoe ride to the Embara community, with whom we ate the freshest fruit I’ve ever had & danced the traditional dance.

I love everything about Panama, the people, the culture, & the history. A huge thanks to Lourdes A., Dr. Calvo, & all our professors, Lourdes, Kathleen, & Rosa for making trip possible! And to the Panama 2012 group– I love each and every one of you! Thanks for all of the amazing memories!!

More about the MPH Panama Practicum

A group of 15 University of Southern California graduate students are researching public health in Panama City, Panama, for a two-week international practicum, organized by the USC Master of Public Health (MPH) program. The students have been divided into three groups to work on maternal and child health, vaccination, environmental infectious diseases, nutrition and physical activity.

One group will be surveying patients about the healthcare system at a local clinic and proposing interventions to improve vaccination, infant development and women’s health. Another group will be in the field responding to outbreaks of environmentally spread infectious diseases and working to control common vectors such as mosquitoes. The last group will be calculating body mass index measurements for elementary school students and developing methods to improve nutrition and exercise within the school.

During their trip, the students will also be attending lectures on Panama’s healthcare system and statistics as well as visiting a remote indigenous tribe. Before leaving Panama, each student will be providing a deliverable that is intended to improve health in Panama.

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