MPH Panama Practicum 2012: Sleep never felt so good

July 12, 2012
Author: Chloe Smith

After officially working for almost 48 hours on my deliverable I anticipate some much needed rest and relaxation. I have put all my blood, sweat (literally), and tears into my nutrition curriculum and I couldn’t be more happy with the product that I have produced. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into, but I can out victorious at the end.

We had the closing ceremony for the school today and it was awesome to see how many lives each one of us did and will continue to have an impact on. I think giving the gift of knowledge is simply priceless and far too over looked in our society. With knowledge, come power. With power, you have the world at your fingertips.

I am quite tired as I am writing this but it is with gusto that I say “Viva Panama” and thank you so much to everyone who busted their butts these past few days to create some amazing products and items that can be utilized through time!

Fight on!

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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