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Intern with an organization working to bolster health systems in the tropics despite resource constraints and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through this program, you will intern with an organization working on public health issues in Kisumu, Kenya. Internship placements will include Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or other government and nongovernmental organizations, such as the County Department of Health, Amani Counselling Center, or the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya – Kisumu Chapter. The internship will provide you with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in an intercultural workplace, while building the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in public health.
Your program will begin with an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Kenya, as well as workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country. Your program will be complemented by immersive experiential learning, which will give you opportunities to deepen your knowledge of public health promotion and management in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in the tropics.
You will be expected to devote 180 hours to this program over the course of the semester, including 10–12 hours a week “on” the internship site, 24 hours in synchronous discussions led by the academic director, and up to 25 hours writing six progress reports and a final paper. Virtual attendance is required for all discussions and oral presentations.
- Understand the complexities of public health services and support in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.
- Interactive seminar discussions and critical reflection guided by public health experts.
- Experiential virtual internship at renowned public health institutions and organizations.
- Designed to enable students explore their interest and gain meaningful skills in public health and related fields.
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