Child Family Health International (CFHI): Tropical Medicine and Community-Based Care on the Coast of Mexico

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  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship, Volunteer, Research
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The Tropical Medicine and Community-Based Care on the Coast of Mexico program takes place in Puerto Escondido, a small town in the state of Oaxaca.  There, students will gain exposure to many of the tropical diseases that are common in the area.  ... read more

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The Tropical Medicine and Community-Based Care on the Coast of Mexico program takes place in Puerto Escondido, a small town in the state of Oaxaca.  There, students will gain exposure to many of the tropical diseases that are common in the area.  In addition to clinical rotations, students will take medical and conversational Spanish classes at a local school.

During clinical rotations, students will have the opportunity to see Puerto Escondido's healthcare system in a variety of settings.  Opportunities range from working in primary care clinics to participating in rural disease control programs.  One of the key health problems students will encounter in their clinical rotations is malaria, common in tropical regions.  Students may also witness cases of Chagas, dengue, and common parasites.

Type 2 diabetes has also become a prevalent health problem in this town, and it is now one of the leading causes of death in Puerto Escondido.  In addition to learning about tropical diseases, students will be assisting doctors in diagnosing and treating diabetes in communities that often lack the necessary resources to handle the disease on their own.  Students may also get the chance to participate in Malaria Brigades, a common health initiative for malaria control.


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Volunteer
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Spring Break
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
  • Public Health
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Child Family Health International (CFHI) Scholarships

Child Family Health International is pleased to offer partial scholarships for select 2015 and 2016 program dates. Since 2007, we have provided CFHI Global Health Scholars with more than $100,000 in scholarship funding. CFHI is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with this global lens, it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to the mission and vision of CFHI.

$500-$1000

Deadlines:
For those wanting to participate in a CFHI Global Health Education program from August-December, the application submission deadline is June 17. Scholarship recipients will be notified by July 17. For participants aiming to go on a program between January-April, the application submission deadline is November 12. Scholarship recipients will be notified by December 10.

Guidelines/Requirements:
CFHI is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with this global lens, it is the policy of CFHI to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to the mission and vision of CFHI. Scholarships will be given to students who demonstrate a commitment to their communities as well as financial need and an interest in exchanging ideas and sharing experiences with people in Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico and South Africa. Priority will be given to people of ethnicities under-represented in CFHI programs, as well as those who have had limited opportunity to travel abroad. All interested in attending a CFHI program during the specified program months/year and who are financially able to pay the remaining program fees along with their own airfare are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those who apply for scholarship consideration as well as submit an application to a CFHI program online. Scholarship applicants wishing to attend any CFHI program in Latin America (Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador) must meet the language eligibility requirements listed for that program. Recipients of CFHI scholarships will be required to pay their own airfare, the balance of their CFHI program fees, and any personal expenses as outlined on the program description pages. Recipients must keep a clinical and cultural immersion journal to be used as part of their scholarship report submitted at the end of their program. They must take photographs while abroad that may be used on the CFHI website and in CFHI publications and materials. Recipients may also be required to write an article about their experience for CFHI newsletters or other publications. They must also be willing to report their perspective on diversity in the host country with particular focus in medical and social contexts. CFHI will ask recipients to act as Campus Representatives or Alumni Ambassadors for prospective CFHI participants, and may be asked to attend study abroad fairs in their local area.

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