Graduate Studies

Public Health – Practicum Opportunities for Summer or Fall 2023

Some of our practicum opportunities for Public Health graduates for Summer or Fall 2023 are listed below. To request more information about practicum opportunities, please fill out the attached form.

1. Improving antenatal care to prevent birth defects 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? (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.(read more)

3. Mental Healthcare for Uganda’s Young Adults

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. Now we want to dig deeper and reach out to young adults, find out what is driving this population to resort to substance abuse, unhealthy choices and negative behaviors. (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 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


5. Preventing Disabilities of the Rural Poor

Problem: Approximately 16% of Uganda’s population, or about 7.2 million persons, have some form of disability. More than 50% of this population is unable to afford expensive health care services. Besides prohibitive costs, there is a limited availability of services that are prepared to meet their needs. A disabled person is more likely to be treated badly or worse, denied care after struggling to reach the facility. (read more)

6. Reducing early marriage

Problem: Uganda has one of the highest rates of early marriage in the world. Over 34% of girls are married before the age of 18 and 10% are married before they turn 15 years old. Soon after marriage, the girl becomes pregnant and risks poor maternal and child health as a result.

Project Description:  We would like to see an innovative approach to tackle the custom of marrying at an early age. Your project should offer solutions that targets the rural poor and includes boys, girls and adults. (read more)

7. Reducing Cervical Cancer in Uganda with Education

Problem:  Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in Uganda’s women, yet is entirely preventable due to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. New cases of cervical cancer as of last year were 6,413, and the number of deaths stood at 4,301.[1]  HPV is the primary risk factor for developing cervical cancer and unfortunately, is prevalent in about 34% of Uganda women of reproductive age.  Almost 80 per cent of the patients coming to the cancer institute in Kampala have advanced stage cancer thus limiting the possibilities of survival. (read more)


[1] https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/special-reports/why-cancer-burden-in-uganda-is-rising-1850952; 10/02/2019.

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