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. Ebola in Uganda

Problem: Ebola is a rare and deadly disease that is highly contagious. In September 2022, Uganda announced that a new outbreak of Sudan Ebola (which differs from Zaire Ebola) had occurred in Mubende District. Ebola is a disease that begins with symptoms that are similar to malaria and other infectious diseases, but quickly progresses to a severe stage that without any treatment, 70-90% of people infected with ebolavirus will die. (read more)

3. 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)

4. 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)

5. 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 lack access to resources for proper healthcare. Misconceptions about TB, how it spreads, stigmas against testing and local traditions have interfered over the years with programs that promote early testing and treatment.  In Uganda, 2019, an overwhelming 88,000 individuals contracted TB and approximately 15,600 people died.  It’s unfortunate as so many of these deaths could have been prevented since with early diagnosis and treatment, TB is easily curable with antibiotics. Read more

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