Graduate Studies

Public Health – Practicum Opportunities for Spring 2023

Practicum Opportunities for Public Health Graduates for Spring 2023 are listed below. Please read on. To request more information about practicum opportunities, please fill out the attached form.

1. Reducing adverse pregnancy outcomes in Uganda

Problem:  “Adverse pregnancy outcomes …. are the major cause of neonatal morbidity, mortality and long term physical and psychological problems…”[1]

There are multiple studies on adverse pregnancy outcomes, but do any of these reports consider the number of infants born with birth defects that could have been prevented if the mother had followed better antenatal care?

Project Description:  We want to explore the possibility that a number of birth defects could be prevented if the mother was made aware of the consequences that occur for lack of antenatal care and nutritional intake. (read more)

2. Preventing NCDs in Uganda

Problem: In Uganda, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are responsible for 36% of all deaths (WorldBank, 2019) and are likely to increase if deliberate action to their prevention is not established. Substance abuse, unhealthy lifestyles and lack of healthcare/nutrition knowledge are primary factors in the increase of life-threatening NCDs.

Project Description:  The Practicum Student will develop an educational program to teach villagers about NCDs, causes and prevention; program should address high use of home brewed alcohol and poor diet. (read more)

3. Mental Healthcare for Uganda’s Adolescent Population

Problem: Mental healthcare in Uganda has always been considered a low priority, for budgeting, access, and resources. The lack of funding, adequate facilities and staffing leaves the major portion of those suffering from mental illness without proper care or treatment.

Project Description:   Our first group of Practicum students focused on the mental health crisis of Uganda’s adolescents and developed the foundation for our mental health program. The practicum student will build upon their findings as we create a solid program that will be implemented for future generations. (read more)

4. Reducing the Prevalence of TB in Uganda

Problem: According to the WHO, Tuberculosis is the thirteenth leading cause of death worldwide, and occurs disproportionately in impoverished areas where people do not have easy access to doctors and hospitals. For example, in Uganda, in 2019, an overwhelming 88,000 individuals contracted TB, approximately 15,600 people died and unfortunately, out of those 88,000 persons, 13% or 11,440 were children.[1]

However, these deaths could be avoided with early diagnosis, since when caught and treated early TB is easily curable with antibiotics. Read more

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