Global health initiatives

The School of Community Health Sciences supports the vision of a Global Nevada. In collaboration with the School of Community Health Sciences, the Nevada Public Health Training Center offers international fieldwork programs, research opportunities, and global engagement efforts that provide hands-on training experiences for students.

The Nevada Public Health Training Center offers opportunities to engage in international research through data collection and analysis in multiple countries throughout the world. Please contact us to find out about current opportunities.

Global health initiative locations

Bangladesh

Since 2013, the SCHS has partnered with Duwell Medical Bangladesh to expose students to the healthcare needs of those in the Shariatpur District of Bangladesh. Past projects have explored the negative health outcomes related heavy metal and arsenic exposure in water sources, as well as projects developing infrastructure to support maternal and child health initiatives.

China

Since 2016, MPH students have participated in research projects in partnership with Nanchang University. Past students have collected data on youth risk behaviors among high school students in China in order to compare factors within the country and abroad.

Kenya

Since 2012, Students have worked on various projects in geographically diverse regions throughout Kenya. Students have planned, implemented, and evaluated health education initiatives in the topic areas of physical activity, nutrition, malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, reproductive health, and water, sanitation, and hygiene. Students learn about the unique needs facing Kenya, working directly with communities affected by female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage, and beading practices. Partnering agencies have included the Samburu Girls Foundation, Tareto Maa, Tumaini Orphanage, and Distant Relatives.

Paraguay

Since 2017, the SCHS has partnered with Future Kind in Paraguay on multiple projects to improve health conditions within the country. Past students have worked on community health needs assessments of both impoverished communities living near an urban landfill and of indigenous communities living in rural areas. Students have worked on projects to improve access to clean water, to improve reproductive healthcare outcomes, and to provide digital libraries and textbooks to children.

Peru

In 2018, the SCHS solidified its partnership with the Nevada Building Hope Foundation to address the unique health needs in the Ayacucho Village and surrounding areas along the Amazon River. These remote communities are only accessible via boat and have extremely limited access to healthcare and basic necessities. Current projects include training and establishing a community health worker program and providing health education curriculum to residents of the region.

Rwanda

The SCHS established programs in Rwanda in early 2015 to directly work with communities that had been impacted by the genocide of the 1990s. Since its inception, the Rwanda program seeks to offer a cross cultural exchange among students to learn about genocide, its health and economic impacts, and the need for the establishment of empowerment and resiliency programs. As student health ambassadors, students have been able to interview genocide survivors, participate in reconciliation initiatives, and set up and evaluate resiliency projects for street youth. More recently, projects have been expanded to include skin cancer education and prevention for people living with albinism, clean water and permaculture projects for rural areas, and interventions for those living with HIV/AIDS.

South Africa

Established in Summer 2015, the Social Justice and Public Health in South Africa course allows students to have the opportunity learn about the history and health of South Africa through a social justice lens. This highly-selective scholars program allows students to focus on intercultural education projects in the areas of HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. This program partners with the local government, community organizations, and the Tygerberg Hospital to promote intercultural sharing and reflection of best practices to improve the health of populations most at risk.

Turkey

In 2014, the SCHS established a Turkish Health Policy class in collaboration with Kocaeli University in Izmit, Turkey. This program allows for intercultural education and learning through site visits with government programs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Students explore the influences of culture, economics, and migration on health policy and health outcomes. Past priority areas have included women's health, refugee health, occupational health, and tobacco prevention and control.

Service-learning opportunities

CHS 461 (The World's Health) is offered locally during Fall, Wintermester, Spring, and Summer sessions. The course will introduce students to the main concepts of the public health field and the critical links between global health and social and economic development. Students will get an overview of the determinants of health and how health status is measured. Students will also review risk factors and key measures to address the burden of disease in cost-effective ways.

Although the course cover concepts and frameworks, it is very practical in orientation. The course is global in coverage, with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries and on the health of the poor. The medical, psychosocial, cultural, political, ethical, and economic aspects of various global health issues will be addressed through lectures, media/film, and writing assignments.

This course is designed to be a culminating service learning experience for students. Through this experience, students will work through the three core components of knowledge, action, and reflection that are essential to service learning. Students partner with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and work on real assignments and solutions that will be of benefit to communities around the world.

Affiliations

The School of Community Health Sciences is a proud affiliate of the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. The Ozmen Institute for Global Studies is the central hub for developing, enhancing and stimulating globally-focused initiatives from across campus. The Institute supports collaborative research, public outreach and engaged scholarship that broadens the community's understanding of global issues at local, regional, national and international levels. The Institute will inspire the next generation of students by providing scholarly research and support to help solve important global issues. The Institute is an important entity to campus in diversifying a global research mission and cultivating strong community collaborations around universal concerns.