Ecuador field research and service learning
program – A global opportunity experience – Summer
The Ecuador Field Research and Service
Learning program is a result of 18+ years of collaboration between the
Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute (ITDI) at Ohio University and
the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL). Following
their research principles, ITDI and CISeAL aim to reach underserved
populations with state of the art training and technology to help
control the transmission of Chagas disease and other infectious and
chronic conditions affecting populations in Ecuador and Latin America.
Since early 2000, teams of biologist, entomologists, health
practitioners, architects and development specialists have conducted
research on Chagas disease and its transmission cycles in several areas
of Ecuador. Students with academic interests as diverse as microbiology
to anthropology to Spanish language to communication studies have come
together to participate in this initiative.
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IHS 2235 Cross-Cultural Issues in Tropical
Diseases – Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters - eCampus, Athens Online
This course has been designed to introduce the student to the concept of
culture as a relevant framework for understanding human behavior in
relation to health. It will focus biological, environmental, cultural,
social, and political aspects relevant to tropical diseases, including
prevention, treatment and control. Finally, the course will discuss the
importance of these issues in health interventions and health promotion
projects design, implementation, and evaluation.
- Explain political, cultural, and
social factors associated to Tropical Diseases.
- Identify general biological, social,
and cultural characteristics of tropical diseases.
- Compare the agendas for action for
malaria, Chagas disease and Schistosomiasis prevention, treatment
and control in specific cultural settings.
- Examine the role of culture in
health interventions and health promotion projects planning.
- Identify the characteristics and
relevance of culture sensitive interventions for tropical disease
control and prevention.
INST 6900- Healthy Living: Health, Communication and Development -
Spring Semester 2014
This class will introduce the student to the concept of social
development for disease prevention using the Healthy Living Initiative
as main reference. This will prepare the student to understand the
functioning of complex development programs, encompassing different
fields such as biology, medicine, economics, communication, and
international development, and will prepare them for a direct
intervention during the summer.
A project development (thesis,
professional project, capstone) is the main outcome goal of this class.
This class is part of the Healthy Living
Initiative Graduate Student Research Experience, funded by the 1804
BIOS 4440/5440 - TROPICAL DISEASE BIOLOGY - FALL SEMESTER - Athens
This course has been designed to provide
an overview of the nature, impact, and management of tropical diseases.
It examines tropical diseases as biological and human systems. It will
cover various themes regarding agents of infectious disease,
epidemiology of infectious diseases and disease prevention and
management. It aims to introduce the student to relevant frameworks for
understanding human behavior in relation to health. It will focus on
biological, cultural, social, and political aspects relevant to tropical
diseases, including prevention, treatment and control. Special emphasis
will be given to Neglected Tropical Diseases. Finally, the course will
address specific tropical diseases and geographical regions via student
led presentations. Summative group discussions will be held to reflect
on the information presented.
At the end of this course students should
be able to:
- Contrast different definitions of
- Contrast different notions of
- Learn the biology and life cycles of
the agents that cause tropical diseases
- Learn the main tools available for
disease control, prevention and treatment
- Identify biological and
environmental determinant factors for tropical diseases
- Identify connections between
cultural and political ecologies of health
- Explain political, cultural, and
social factors associated to Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD).