4234.0 Practicums in International Health: The Next Generation's Perspective

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 2:30 PM
Students studying public health take numerous courses that provide theory and background to the many components that constitute public health. Accredited schools of public health require their students to have a planned, supervised, and evaluated practice experience. The practicum provides the opportunity to integrate and apply classroom learning in a public health work environment, enabling students to observe and learn from professionals in the field. Students contribute to a community’s resources and to the solution of public health problems, while developing practical skills and personal confidence as public health professionals. For students interested in international health, what is the impact of an international practicum? How important is the practicum to the development of practical skills, understanding cultural differences, and the choice of future career paths? The panel of current students and recent graduates will share their international practicum experiences and discuss the importance of their work.
Session Objectives: 1. Explore how the practicum experience compliments the skills acquired during the MPH studies. 2. Articulate the cross-cultural and workplace challenges in a public health setting within a developing country. 3. Discuss how the international practicum experience effects future career paths 4. Develop an understanding of the range of international health practicum opportunities
James A. Wolff, MD, MPH, MAT

2:30 PM
Practicums in International Health: The Next Generation's Perspective
Christine Yennaco, Linda Vesel and Karen Caldwell, MPH
3:10 PM

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Organized by: International Health
Endorsed by: Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health

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