The School of Medical Sciences at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana will be welcoming SDSU MHIRT fellows for the first time in the summer of 2019. This program will introduce and immerse students into a Community Based Education and Service [COBES] program, as currently exists for students in the School of Medical Sciences. This ten-week long program includes a seven week module that will introduce students to the activities at the community study sites in the Central and Eastern Regions of Ghana. This will include: community entry; community assessment methods and tools; data management; and ethics in community based research. Students will also be exposed to the levels of health care delivery in Ghana with emphasis on the District Health Management System which focuses on Primary Health Care. They will live in the communities. They will carry a portfolio to log in all their daily activities, experiences and knowledge acquired / searched for. During this program, students will carry out projects in areas such as: Nutritional Status of under-five children in the community; socio-cultural determinants of health of the community; the influence of the existing health system on the health status of the communities served; and lifestyle and associated diseases of the communities. This program is open to Masters students only, with priority given to those with public health / community health academic and/or field experience.
NOTE: Only GRADUATE student applications are currently being accepted for our Ghana research site.