Brazil is the 6th largest country by area and has the largest population in Latin America. Although Brazil is the 8th largest economy globally, it has one of the highest levels of income inequality, which has a significant impact in public health. Infectious diseases remain an important cause of morbidity and mortality in Brazil. In this field trip to Brazil, students will learn about several infectious diseases that are endemic in Brazil and the biological, environmental and socioeconomic factors associated with their persistence and distribution. Approximately 15 Brazilian students will also participate in the course. Professors from Harvard and from Brazil will lecture and lead discussions.
The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, which has an office in São Paulo, will facilitate work with Brazilian colleagues and institutions and assist with logistical arrangements. Lectures and discussions during the first week will focus on selected infectious diseases as well as social determinants of health, health policy in Brazil, and data sources and analysis. Students will also meet with researchers, public health workers and visit health care facilities. During the second week students will work in small teams to develop proposals. The group projects will require a broad approach that takes into account the biological, geo-climatic, social, economic, cultural, political, and demographic factors associated with the disease.
At the end of the course students will present and discuss the results of their project with the entire class. Throughout this course the student will have an opportunity to interact with faculty from Harvard as well as faculty, public health workers, researchers, and students from Brazil.
We encourage interested students to read through the final report from January 2018: GHP542-Brazil-Winter2018.
Course Note: Enrollment limited to 15 students.