Why intern in public health in Kenya?
The Lake Victoria region is an epicenter of infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/ AIDS, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases. In Kisumu, home to the largest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) facility outside North America on a joint campus of the Kenya Medical Research Institute, you will complete a five-week internship focused on public health. During your time here, you will also enjoy two weekend excursions, first, to Maasai Mara National Reserve, home to lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, and hippos; and then to Jinja, Uganda, a quiet town on Lake Victoria known as the source of the Nile.
ONLINE AND IN KENYA
The program will begin with one week of online courses starting on July 6. During this week you will begin online orientation sessions to prepare you for your internship and start introductory sessions in Kiswahili. For week two, you will travel to Kisumu for the in-country portion of the program where you will complete the language courses and then begin your internship.
- Complete an internship at the CDC, the Kenya Medical Research Institute, or the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital.
- Reflect on western stereotypes and preconceptions about Kenya and Africa.
- Study Kiswahili, the lingua franca of East Africa.
- Take two weekend excursions to Maasai Mara National Reserve and Jinja, Uganda.
None; however, preference is given to students with prior coursework/experience in health and policy studies or related fields.