This winter field course introduces students to Mexico’s evolving health system. The course will examine different aspects of the current administration’s restructuring of Mexico’s health system. We will travel to a region where health system integration is underway, using seminars with key health sector leaders, and participating in projects to support local organizations. Potential projects for the January 2023 course could include topics such as: integration of cancer care services; ensuring the drug supply chain for high-cost illnesses; development of a national center for health information; governance for quality of care; or analyses of reproductive and mental health.
The course provides students with a unique opportunity to examine the challenges in constructing an effective health system in the complex federal system of Mexico. The course has three main components:
1) Learn about health system integration traveling to the state of Nayarit.
2) Contrast health systems in urban and rural areas of the country
3) Contribute to program monitoring and evaluation for one of three selected projects with partner institutions, through a three-week group project of applied research.
During the first week, students and Faculty will travel to Tepic, Nayarit. Lectures and discussions during the second and third weeks will take place in Mexico City and will focus on critical aspects of health in Mexico and health system integration. 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.