Course code FHV365

FHV365 Global Health Field School in Tanzania

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Course responsible: Sheri Lee Bastien
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
The course requires a minimum of 2 students to run and will admit a maximum of 5 students.
Teaching exam periods:
The subject is offered in the spring semester and June block.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Preferential right:
Priority will be given to students registered in the MPH program and from Noragric.
Course contents:
The Global Health Field School is a four week intensive, practical experience which will provide students with a broad exposure to several areas of importance within the field. The course aims to provide a rich field experience that engages students in transdisciplinary global health research projects which focus on community-based health promotion and are structured around six associated core competencies: determinants of health and health equity, capacity building, equitable partnerships, ethics, cultural competency and knowledge translation. Participating faculty and students from Canada, Tanzania and Norway come from a range of academic backgrounds including medicine and veterinary medicine to develop a better understanding of animal-human health interactions. Thus, students will gain a broad exposure to health promotion research within a One Health paradigm. The course takes place in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, in rural and remote Tanzania. Field school participants camp in Endulen, and can expect safe and sanitary, but rustic conditions. It is expected that students collect data which then forms the basis for their master thesis.
Learning outcome:
After the course, students should be able to:
  • demonstrate a broad knowledge within the field of global health related to the theoretical perspectives and methods associated with global health research including data collection and analyses in the field.
  • critically reflect on the core competencies for global health research both through discussions in camp and through learning journals.
  • demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills to engage in critical discussions and debates about global health.
  • Use the data they collect in the field for their master thesis.
Learning activities:
The course will engage students through a combination of practical field experiences including community outreach through workshops and seminars, data collection activities, in camp lectures, structured de-brief sessions and journal assignments.  There will also be visits to primary and secondary schools as well as the Endulen hospital.
Teaching support:
Faculty members will be available at all times for the duration of the field course.  Sheri Bastien will accompany students at all stages of the journey and take responsibility in particular for students from NMBU/Norway.
Required readings for the course will be posted on Canvas.
Recommended prerequisites:
FHV330 (Folkehelsevitenskap).
Mandatory activity:
Students must complete all assignments in order to be eligible for a passing grade for this course.  It is expected that students collect data as part of the field school, which then forms the basis for their master thesis

Assessment for this course will be based on the three components as outlined below. 

Country Specific Project (50%)

Students will work on a project related to an ongoing study taking place at the field school, which may include preparing health education curricula or a workshop, participating in the implementation of an intervention or study, or engaging in data analysis in the field.  Students are expected to write and submit an abstract about their study at a national/international conference. 

Global Health Portfolio (40%)

The Global Health Portfolio is intended to showcase student engagement both prior to their field research experience and after.  The portfolio can include, but is not limited to:  projects, essays, conference abstracts, personal reflection and journal entries on the core competencies in connection with the practical field experience, fundraising activities, research, photos/photo journals, digital stories, and personalized plans for a global health road map to gain the core competencies.  Students will present their portfolio to the group at the end of the field experience to share, discuss, and evaluate each other¿s portfolio.

Field school participation (10%):

This course is designed to build strong team dynamics between participants and active participation on all research projects is expected, as well as contributing to the overall positive environment within camp. 

Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Students must have either 180 study points or a Bachelors degree.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
300 hours.

Contributors: There will be various faculty members contributing to the field school from the University of Calgary in Canada and the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania.

Optional activities:

Students are given the option of spending one weekend at Ndutu Lodge and visiting the Ngorongoro Crater during the field school.  These are organized excursions generally attended by most faculty and students, however supervision will be provided for those who wish to stay in camp.  Students are encouraged to participate in the organization of a fundraiser to support an ongoing global health initiative in Endulen, where the global health field school takes place.  In addition, active engagement in initiating a new NMBU global health interest group is strongly encouraged. 

Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått