233929 Hands-on learning in Malaysia

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Latha Rajan, MBBS; MD; MPH&TM; DipRCPath(UK) , Tropical Medicine, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
This Innovative course is a summer service learning program taught on-site in Malaysia, in collaboration with the University of Malaya and the Malaysian AIDS Council. This program provides students with an in-depth understanding of the interactions of culture and health in different socioeconomic situations globally. This program has two components one is a service learning internship and the other is a seminar course. Students intern at various NGOs working in the field of infectious diseases. The service learning internship provides meaningful service to community partners, and serves to enhance and integrate students' academic and practical experiences. In the seminar component, students participate in interactive classroom experiences facilitated in by local faculty and guest speakers from the Health Ministry, various NGOs etc. Another interesting aspect of the program is that students from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, also participate. Therefore, there is a three- way academic, cultural and social exchange between the American, Chinese and the Malaysian students, which makes it a very rich experience for the students.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe components of the summer service learning program taught on-site in Malaysia.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am Course Director for a service learning international course that explores the social aspects and cultural contexts of diseases.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.