MPH Panama Practicum 2012: All good things must come to an end

July 14, 2012
Author: Babar Khan

It is amazing how these two weeks have gone by so quickly. It just seems like yesterday that we all landed here in Panama. I’m truly going to miss the grueling schedule of waking up at 5:30 in the morning and getting on the bus by 6:30, getting stuck in traffic everyday and then coming back to the hotel to start working on our deliverable s. I was surrounded by a great group of people who in the true trojan tradition rose to the occasion and knocked the ball right out of the park. I’m going to miss every single one of you guys and the great moments we shared here. But on the brighter side this gives us an excuse to schedule a REUNION when we all get back state side, although just to let all of you know it had better not be at 6 in the morning!!!!
Good bye Panama….i will truly miss thee

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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