Student Field Experience/Practica in India

Global Health and Population and other department faculty at the School will support several graduate students in Winter term as they apply their skills and knowledge to health issues in India through experiences with partner organizations. Students are paired with partner organizations based on the needs of the host organizations and the students’ skills. These placements will last for approximately three weeks in the winter session and   may involve collecting data, visiting sites, conducting interviews, and other activities that are at the core of research and program implementation. The following are a list of practicum projects offered to the School’s students by our Practicum Partners.

Practicum with Aravind Eye Institute – Madurai, India

Aravind Eye Institute is a world-renowned institute founded by Dr. G.Venkataswamy in 1976 in Madurai, India, and is dedicated to solving the problem of preventable blindness throughout the world. Five students at the School will travel to Madurai in January for the practicum. This is a comprehensive opportunity to examine an organization that is both a thriving business as well as an institution of public health. For more information, see the practicum project form.

For more information on this organization please visit:
Read this New York Times Article “A Hospital Network With a Vision

Practicum with Jaipur Foot – Jaipur India

Jaipur Foot is a non-profit health delivery system in India that manufactures and provides prosthetic devices to those in need – at a fraction of the cost of any similar organization. Three School students will travel to Jaipur to work with this NGO–two  from the department of Health Policy and Management, and one from the department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Jaipur Foot was founded by Mr. D.R. Mehta in 1975, and is headquartered in Jaipur, India. It operates in a number of countries, most recently opening a facility in Afghanistan. Please see the website for more information.

GHP 547: Field Experience Course in Maternal Health – Winter

The Women & Health Initiative (W&HI) and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) developed the winter session course Field Experience in Maternal Health to provide students with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to maternal health issues in developing countries through experiences with MHTF partner organizations. The two students traveling this January will be paired with partner organizations based on the needs of the host organizations and the students’ skills.

These placements last for three weeks during the January winter session term and focus on a very specific task, such as a needs assessment, the launch of a new activity or service, or the development of a draft proposal or report, in the context of the maternal health work of the organization or institution. The internship may involve collecting data, visiting sites, conducting interviews, and other activities that are at the core of program and project implementation in the field of maternal health

GHP 268: Field Experience Course Course: Health and Human Rights – Winter

In this course, students will acquire the basic skills in applying a human rights framework to health issues in a professional work environment. Depending on their field placement, they may learn about operational skills in settings where health and human rights are practiced or about organizing a study to investigate human rights conditions affecting health.

Each student will be expected, in consultation with the instructor, to identify an organization engaged in relevant work for the Winter Session period and secure a placement within that organization. Students are expected to attend a short preparatory workshop in the Fall 2 quarter. Participants will study materials pertinent to their placement and project before heading to the field assignment. After completion of their field work, each student is required to hand in a 10-page paper to be graded by the course instructor on a pass/fail basis. Course Note: Contract with department required; attend a short workshop in Fall 2.

GHP 298: Field Trip to Delhi, India – Winter

The purpose of this course is for students to familiarize themselves with issues of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in New Delhi (population 16 million) and India, which will soon have the largest population in the world. Six GHP students will be hosted by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), which has an active research program on NCDs. PHFI has put together an excellent program that involves lectures, visits to implementation and policy agencies, as well as a number of field trips to programs both in the New Delhi area and beyond (syllabus available). Course Note: Students who are enrolled in the MPH, SM, or doctoral program will be eligible. International Lown Fellows in Preventive Cardiology will join Harvard students in much of the course work. Sessions in which the health, culture, political, and socio-economic factors in India will be reviewed and scheduled for Fall 2.

DrPH Students to Participate in the PHFI Program

Six DrPH students will travel to New Delhi to participate in the PHFI program. They will then travel to Bihar to work with World Health Partners (WHP) on a team-based task. Two Lown scholars will join them, as well as visiting professor Jon Rohde. Dr. Rohde was formerly head of UNICEF in India. He and Dr. Cash were at the forefront on the study of ORT and have collaborated in other research.

See this page for more information.

The Department of Nutrition and Global Health also provides opportunities for field experience.