This winter course introduces students to Mexico’s evolving health system and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, using a remote format. This remote field course will examine different aspects of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, using seminars with key leaders in Mexico’s health system and teams of students dedicated to specific projects to support local organizations. Potential projects for the January 2021 course could include topics such as: health communication to enhance contact tracing; ensuring the drug supply chain for high-cost illnesses; development of a national center for health information; governance for quality of care; or analyses on reproductive and mental health in a pandemic.
The course provides students with a unique opportunity to use remote learning to examine the challenges in constructing an effective health system response to a pandemic in the complex federal system of Mexico. The course has three main components:
1) Learn about the Mexican Responses to COVID-19 through seminars and discussions with key decision makers and stakeholders from leading institutions, organizations and private companies.
2) Contrast the experiences of responding to COVID-19 in urban and rural areas of the country
3) Contribute to program monitoring and evaluation for one of three selected projects with partnering institutions, through a three-week group project of applied research.
During the first week students will learn about Mexico’s health system and the contrasts between rural and urban areas. Lectures and discussions during the second and third weeks will focus on responding to COVID-19 in Mexico City and will be focused on critical aspects of health in Mexico. The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Mexico will provide support for organizing the course. The Mexican National Institute of Public Health will collaborate on the course. Spanish is recommended but not required.
Course limited to 15 students.