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Suriname: Summer Abroad Public Health Programs

Public Health Threats in Suriname
July 3-18, 2017


Key Learning Objectives Ecosystem and Environmental Health

  • Describe the general characteristics of the Suriname ecosystem
  • Characterize the risks posed by environmental contamination to ecosystem and population health
  • Develop community-based intervention strategies to address those risks
  • Identify environmental factors influencing the public’s health in Suriname
  • Assess the leading causes of morbidity and mortality
  • Describe the public health implications of mercury contamination potentially related to gold mining affecting indigenous food sources, specifically fish
  • Assess the access and use of pesticides in large and small-scale agriculture
  • Describe public health relevance of nutriceuticals and indigenous medicinal plants

Course Timeline

This year's program dates are July 3-18, 2017. Download the 2017 brochure for more information

Academics & Syllabus

This program includes academics, service learning, and a capstone project for successful completion.

  • Register for the course
  • 3 credit course
  • Reading:
    • Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice, M. Plotkin
    • Additional topic-specific articles
  • Language: English
  • Grading Components:
    • Daily Journals (10%)
    • Field Trip Reports (30%)
    • Policy Fact Sheets (15%)
    • Case Study Presentation (15%)
    • Case Study Report (30%)

Service Learning

  • 20 hours
  • Public health focus
  • Coordinated by the Ministry of Health’s Bureau of Public Health

Capstone or Elective

  • Counts as a capstone for public health undergraduates who are rising seniors
  • Counts as a public health elective for all other undergraduates and fulfills major or minor elective requirements.
Health, Travel & Lodgings


Get up to date with immunizations:

  • Routine-tetanus
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A/B
  • Typhoid
  • Malaria: Malarone profylaxis

US Dept. of State International Travel Information:

Travel Arrangements & Flights to Suriname

Please note, these dates are subject to change +/- no more than two days

  • Round trip: New Orleans ↔ Paramaribo
  • Date: TBD
  • New Orleans / Miami / Port of Spain /Paramaribo
  • Airlines: American Airlines / Caribbean Airline

Caribbean Airlines offers round trip flights from Miami to Paramaribo for $645 USD. Round trip from New Orleans to Miami is approximately $300 on multiple airlines. 

Lodging Arrangements

BY MARCH 1 please submit to Geraldine Neville:

  • One night's deposit: $50.00 to “Tulane University “ (refundable if unable to attend)



Estimated costs:

Non-refundable special course fee: $ 750 due by April 1, 2016
Round trip: ~$1000
Food $ 325
Accommodation $ 500
Immunizations $ 100
In-country transportation $ 200
3 credit hours @$1023.00/$1200 $3069/$3600
Total $ 5848/$6025

Financial Aid


Mr. James Bourgeois
Assistant Director
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
University Financial Aid
1440 Canal Street, Suite 1213, TB-1
New Orleans, LA 70112-2399
Web Site:
Phone: 1 (504) 988-6135 Fax: 1 (504) 988-6136

Information Required to Request Financial Aid

  • Paperwork: Forms 1-9
  • Copy of airline itinerary
  • Formal letter from Dr. Lichtveld
Forms & Other Important Issues

Certain forms are required for travel to Suriname.

  • Release of Liability
  • Health Forms
  • Medical Clearance (Physician visit required)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Emergency Contact
  • Travel Itinerary

Here are some facts and tips to make your time in Suriname comfortable and productive.

  • Temperature: 90 degrees, humid
  • Electricity: 110V (round plug)
  • Communication
    • Cell phones only in the city
    • Buy local phone or sim-card and use sim-lock free phone
    • Official language: Dutch
    • Many other languages
    • Common everyday language: Sranang Tongo
    • Many Internet cafes (hotel, other Internet cafes)

Program Application

Download the application (PDF). Please complete and return to Dr. Lichtveld or Chris Lane in the uptown office.


Public Health Threats in Suriname group, Summer 2016. Apply today, and you could be in this picture!