Global Health Internship Summer 2019
Are you passionate about global health, and would you like to explore a unique health care system in the living classroom of an African success story? This program enables you to explore health care concepts and programs in Rwanda, a country that has emerged from extensive cultural and political conflict to become one of the most significant development success stories in Africa. Also known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills” for its immense natural beauty, it is widely praised for its achievements in reconciliation and nation building.
The program particularly focuses on infection prevention and control (IPC) in healthcare settings and allows students to also learn about various important healthcare services within different communities, such as nutrition programs for mothers and children, health education and promotion, and community health workers and their role. Classroom instruction and immersion in the local culture is blended into service-learning activities where students work hand in hand with service providers at health facilities in urban and rural areas. Students learn about the challenges of implementing IPC protocols, assess public health risks, and explore, analyze and discuss how to minimize public health risks in practice. Local students from Rwandan universities are invited to join in this experience and this further contributes to an enriching cross-cultural learning environment. In addition to the many service learning opportunities the program affords, a safari game drive in Akagera National Park is included in the program. This program is provided through Global Engagement Institute.