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Suriname: Summer Abroad Public Health Programs

Public Health Threats in Suriname
July 3-18, 2017

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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

Health

Get up to date with immunizations:

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

US Dept. of State International Travel Information: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/suriname.html

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)

Eco-resort– www.ecoresortinn.com

Finances

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
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Total $ 5848/$6025

Financial Aid

Contact:

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: http://finaidhsc.tulane.edu/
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.

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