This section contains a selection of international partners with ties to Vanderbilt University. Discuss your plans with Elizabeth Rose before contacting individuals affiliated with these organizations.
Students are not limited to these options and are encouraged to research additional avenues for opportunities abroad. Potential projects with these partners include community development and outreach, health education, program development, and monitoring and evaluation.
For a general overview of some global health project opportunities, check out this informative Prezi made by two former Vanderbilt MPH students: Opportunities in Global Health.
Vanderbilt’s Global Activities Database
Vanderbilt is involved in a wide range of projects and partnerships around the world and is committed to fostering international research, teaching, and service opportunities. The Global Activities Database (VUnetID login required), sponsored by the Vanderbilt International Office, provides information on the global activities of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges and is searchable by region and country, Vanderbilt school/college, faculty/staff name, international partner, and activity type. Among the types of activities listed in the database are research collaborations, study abroad programs, international courses, and institutional agreements with overseas partners.
VIGH’s Global Health Opportunities Database
The Global Health Opportunities Database provides a central location for select research, educational, and service opportunities in global health. Opportunities exist for individuals at all levels of training including undergraduate, graduate, residents, trainees, and faculty. Listings include—but are not limited to—international service opportunities, research projects in global health, international medical education programs, and funding opportunities.
Shandong University – Shandong, China
Shandong University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China. In 2001, it was listed among the 21 national key construction first-class universities by the Ministry of Education. Shandong University consists of 31 schools and colleges as well as a graduate school. The student population totals to about 95,000, of which over 1,000 are international students. Shandong University embraces an abundance of scientific research facilities. Three general hospitals, including Qilu Hospital and 12 teaching hospitals are affiliated with the university. Shandong University has established a broad international network for educational cooperation and has signed exchange agreements with over 70 universities from over 50 countries.
LOCATION: The Shandong province of China is located along the coast of the East China Sea, across from South Korea. Shandong University is located in the capital city of the Shandong Province, Jinan.
LANGUAGE: The official language of China is Mandarin and is also the language spoken most commonly in the Shandong province.
Primeros Pasos – Quetzaltenango, Guatemala Primeros Pasos is a clinic in rural Guatemala that has a comprehensive outlook on healthcare. With the collaboration of health professionals, health educators, volunteers, and community leaders, Primeros Pasos offers quality and affordable health care and health education to the rural, underserved communities of the Palajunoj Valley of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
LOCATION: Quetzaltenango (locals shorten it to Xela, “shell-ah”) is Guatemala’s second-largest city and is located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.
LANGUAGE: The official language of Guatemala is Spanish. Also, there are 24 indigenous languages.
RECENT TRAINEE PROJECTS:
– Impact of Health Education Interventions on Health Outcomes Among Youth in the Palajunoj Valley in Western Guatemala
– Qualitative Study of Programming Effectiveness at a Rural Guatemalan Clinic
– Analyzing questions critical to the effective development, distribution, and consumption of the GuateNut product
Georgetown Public Hospital, Ministry of Health, & University of Guyana – Georgetown, Guyana The Georgetown Public Hospital is a large public hospital in the capital city of Guyana and is the national leader for medical student and resident education within Guyana. The University of Guyana was established in April 1963 and began its operations in October of the same year with a batch of 164 students in temporary premises loaned from Queen’s College in Georgetown. The current enrolment at the Turkeyen Campus is in excess of 5000 students pursuing more than 60 under-graduate and post-graduate programs. To date, more than 15,000 students have graduated and gone on to successful careers both locally and internationally.
LOCATION: Georgetown is the capital of Guyana and is located on the northeastern coast of the country.
LANGUAGE: The official language of Guyana is English.
RECENT TRAINEE PROJECTS:
– The burden of MRSA among patients with acute S. aureusinfections, as well as the carriage rate in asymptomatic individuals in geographically distinct regions in Guyana
– Assessing the link between Filariasis, Tropical Pulmonary Eosinophilia, and Asthma in Guyana
– Determining high-yield criteria for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus among patients presenting for care at a tertiary care public hospital in Guyana
The Visitation Hospital Foundation is a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. VHF was founded in 1999 with a mission to provide competent and compassionate healthcare to the people of southwest Haiti. In 2008, Visitation Clinic, a rural hospital and clinic in one of the most underserved regions of Haiti, opened. Visitation Clinic has become a model for creating transformative healthcare in rural Haiti. The clinic is an architecturally innovative, energy-efficient building with first-rate medical infrastructure including a medical laboratory, radiology, sonography, pharmacy, computerized medical record system, solar power and satellite internet. The majority of medical services are provided by a full-time, all-Haitian medical and administrative staff who operate the clinic every weekday and provide routine, low-cost, subsidized healthcare to over 1,000 patients per month.
LOCATION: Petite-Rivière-de-Nippes is a municipality in the Miragoâne Arrondissement, in the Nippes Department of Haiti.
LANGUAGE: Haitian Creole and French are the official languages.
RECENT TRAINEE PROJECTS: – Studying the competence, confidence, and satisfaction of the healthcare staff in diagnosing and treating patients at Visitation Clinic through surveys, observations, and formal and informal interviews.
The mission of the Lwala Community Alliance is “to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.” Through honed focus, holism, community collaboration, cultural sensitivity, and accountability, the Lwala Community Alliance works to accomplish this mission as a multi-dimensional community development agency. With health as the central focus, Lwala Community Alliance also has programs which encompass education, economic development and public health outreach.
LOCATION: Lwala is located in a rural area of Western Kenya.
LANGUAGE: The official languages of Kenya are English and Swahili. Additionally, each ethnic group has its own dialect, and most people in Lwala speak Dholuo.
RECENT TRAINEE PROJECTS:
– Developing a knowledge-behavior survey of women, men, and Lwala Hospital Staff to assess attitudes, understanding, and practice regarding family planning
– Improving Malaria Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention at the Lwala Clinic, Kenya
– Implementing Health Passports in Lwala, Kenya
– The Challenges of Establishing a Clinic in a Rural Village Clinic in the developing world: The Case of Lwala Community Clinic in Western Kenya
Friends in Global Health – Zambézia, Mozambique Friends in Global Health (FGH) is an affiliate organization of Vanderbilt University currently operating in Mozambique and Nigeria. Working in partnership with local government and civil sector organizations, FGH aims to implement health development programs using sustainable strategies with the long-term goal of improving communities’ well-being. FGH organizes activities around two core principles: 1) directing technical assistance to government health facilities to implement integrated HIV clinical services at the provincial/state level, and 2) developing human capacity. In Mozambique, Vanderbilt/FGH is the lead PEPFAR partner, working in health facilities throughout 12 districts of Zambézia, the country’s second most populous province with an HIV prevalence estimated at nearly 20%.
LOCATION: FGH has sites in districts throughout the Zambézia region of Mozambique including: Pebane, Maganja de Costa, Namacurra, Inhassunge, Chinde, Mopeia, Morumbala, Lugela, Namarrói, Ilé, and Alto Molocué. The FGH District Office is located in Quelimane.
LANGUAGE: The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese.
RECENT TRAINEE PROJECTS:
– Identifying factors associated with loss-to-follow-up among pre-ART patients in Zambézia Province, Mozambique through interview and other qualitative methods
– Assessing a community development project associated with a micro-lending of livestock to HIV infected persons
– Constructing and validating a stage of change measure for “readiness to engage with the health care system” among a sample of traditional healers in Zambézia Province, Mozambique
University of Nicaragua – La Mosquitia, Nicaragua
The National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) is the country’s historical university and health sciences campus, which includes a teaching hospital (HEODRA) and the Center for Epidemiology and Health (CIDS). UNC-UNAN research collaborations started in 2002 with a focus on gastrointestinal disease, renal disease, and women’s health. The goals of the partnership are clinical translational research, genetic epidemiology, and bilateral training and teaching initiatives. Some target areas of UNAN include: maternal/child health, gender violence, cancer and chronic disease epidemiology, environmental/water programs, demography & geography, HIV/AIDS, and infectious diseases.
The Collaborative Sahsa Health Initiative (CSHI) is in the remote Mosquitia region of northern Nicaragua, an area that is geographically isolated and underserved. The CHSI mission is to advance the health in the region through combined service, teaching, and research projects. CHSI incorporates students, residents and faculty from UNAN with local health promoters. They hope to facilitate short- and long-term change in the health sector of this isolated region.
LOCATION: The Mosquitia region is a remote, rain-forested area on the eastern coast of Northern Nicaragua.
AMOS – Managua, Nicaragua
Each summer, AMOS Health & Hope, a non-profit with 50 years of collective experience implementing successful public health programs in Nicaragua, offers highly-motivated students the chance to participate in a Global Health Practicum that aims to empower a socially conscious generation of public health workers. Fostering a critical analysis of international health development and social theories of power and privilege, the Practicum examines current models and methodologies for improving health in low-resource settings and combines the best of classroom and hands-on experience to take students’ knowledge of public health and community empowerment to the next level.
LOCATION: AMOS is located in Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, as well as various rural communities. Site location depends on project type (ex: WASH, nutrition, health education, etc.) LANGUAGE: The official language of Nicaragua is Spanish, but along the eastern coast, indigenous languages and English are also spoken. The most common indigenous language is Miskito.
Danang Psychiatric Hospital – Danang, Vietnam
Danang Psychiatric Hospital (DPH) is the third largest psychiatric hospital in Vietnam, with a staff of 37 psychiatrists, 4 psychologists, and 68 nurses. The DPH has an inpatient adult male patient unit, an inpatient adult female patient unit, an inpatient alcohol and substance addiction treatment patient unit, a forensics unit, a combined inpatient and day treatment child and adolescent patient unit, an assessment unit, and an outpatient unit. It thus provides access to a broad range of patient populations for research purposes. The DPH houses the Center for Mental Health Research, which coordinates the research activities of the hospital. As part of the Danang Department of Health, which is under the Ministry of Health, the DPH has direct connections to 58 government psychiatric facilities in the country. The DPH has close connections to the University of Danang (e.g., the Director of the DPH, Dr. Lam Trung, teaches at the University of Danang), with undergraduates from the university often participating in research at the DPH.
LOCATION: Danang, Vietnam is located on the central eastern coast of the country and is the fourth largest city in Vietnam.
LANGUAGE: The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. RELATED LINKS:
The University of Zambia School of Medicine (UNZA SOM) is part of the Zambian Ministry of Education. The University Chancellor is appointed by the President of Zambia and serves as the Chairman of the UNZA Senate. UNZA SOM works closely with the University Teaching Hospital and has strong partnership links with the Lusaka District Health Board. UNZA SOM has recently established a Research Support Centre to support research projects in terms of logistics and financial management. The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) is the only secondary level health facility in Lusaka and Zambia’s only tertiary care hospital. The Medical Care Division of UTH is comprised of eight medical specialist departments: Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Radiology, Pathology, Anesthesia, and Dentistry. Other UTH/UNZA SOM resources include the Department of Community Medicine and a virology laboratory.
LOCATION: The University is located in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. Lusaka is situated in the central portion of Zambia’s southern plateau.
LANGUAGE: The official language of Zambia is English, although there are 73 indigenous languages spoken within the country.
RECENT TRAINEE PROJECTS:
– Assess methods of accurately diagnosing TB-related severe sepsis in HIV positive patients
– Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Rural Zambia
– HIV Surveillance in a Rural South Zambian Mobile Clinic Prevalence, Predictors and Attitude