Sally Guttmacher, Summer Study Abroad in South Africa

Community Health: A Society in Transition

The increase in democratization in the Republic of South Africa brought about by the change in government and the end of apartheid in 1994 has led to significant institutional changes that affect the delivery of and access to health care. This 6-credit seminar examines the impact of these changes on community health. Students learn about topics such as health care delivery, infectious and chronic disease (including HIV, TB, Malaria and various cancers), implementation of HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs, health policy and more. Students also spend one week shadowing the activities of community-based social advocacy groups or health NGO's, in order to gain insights into the important role civil society organizations play in community health in South Africa.

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