July 13, 2012
Author: Rachel Adams
Today is our last day on the trip. Everyone presented their final projects to Dr. Calvo, Lourdes A. and our wonderful practicum professors this morning. During the past two weeks, we have conducted needs assessments, collected and analyzed data, shadowed health professionals, and developed deliverables to improve various health problems in Panama. We have met some wonderful people here and I hope to be able to collaborate with them professionally in the near future. I could not have asked for a more meaningful and gratifying experience. It feels good to be done but I am definitely sad to leave. Muchas gracias a todo!
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.
These blog posts have been re-posted here with permission and can also be viewed at panama.usc.edu.