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Suriname: Summer Abroad Public Health Programs

Public Health Threats in Suriname
July 2-17, 2018 (summer)
Rolling Acceptance (1/16/18-5/21/18)

Public Health Threats in Suriname group, Summer 2017. Apply today, and you could be in this picture!

Through Tulane University’s unique partnerships with Suriname’s Anton de Kom University, Ministry of Public Health and The Caribbean Consortium for Research in  Environmental and Occupational Health (CCREOH), explore key issues affecting the heath of Suriname's population and ecosystem:

  • Science, practice, and policy approaches to address public health issues affecting environmental and human health
  • Important aspects of disaster management
  • Medicinal characteristics of plants
  • Risks of environmental contamination
  • Role of the ecosystem as a vital component to community health
  • Field Trips – overnight trip to the rainforest; see brown nose dolphins; orchids and bird sanctuary

The Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (CCREOH)

Consortium designed to address high-priority environmental and occupational health risks in Suriname and those common to the increasingly vulnerable Caribbean region

  • EOH risks associated with gold mining–related mercury contamination
  • Pesticide use in agriculture 
  • Indigenous nutraceutical contamination

Eligibility and Admission Guidelines

  • This program includes a 4000-level Service Learning component, Tulane undergraduates must complete their first-tier service learning requirement before the program begins.  However all undergraduate students are eligible to participate
  • All Tulane graduate level students are eligible for this program
  • Qualified students from other universities are welcome to apply as well.  Please contact Geraldine Neville, at gneville@tulane.edu for further instructions
  • There are no language or other course pre-requisites.

Program Application

Please apply here, via the university study abroad portal. 

Costs (DRAFT – SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
School Tuition Costs (Approximate) billed by Tulane
3 Credit Hours at $1,256 per credit hour = $3,768
Student Activity Fee (School) = $80
Student Tech Fee (School) = $100

Program Fees (Approximate)
Program fee (covers double-occupancy hotel room, in country travel, events, administrative costs and partner sites):  $500

Special course fee:  $750

Supplemental international health insurance: $60

Total Billed by Tulane (approximate): $5258 

Out of Pocket Expenses (Approximate)

Domestic/international travel (varies – student responsibility: $1200 (approx.)

International Airfare: Max $1000 Domestic $200 (approx.) 

Food, immunizations, etc. - $300 

Course Description

SPHU 4650/GEHS 6900 – Public Health Threats in Suriname (3 Credit Hours)

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Identify environmental factors influencing public health in Suriname  
  • Assess the leading causes of morbidity and mortality 
  • Describe the public health implications of Hg contamination potentially related to gold mining affecting indigenous food sources  
  • Examine the access and use of pesticides in large and small-scale agriculture
  • Describe public health relevance of nutraceuticals and indigenous medicinal plants 

This program includes academics, service learning, and a case study for successful completion.

Students must register for and participate in full 3 credit course, including pre-abroad segment: SPHU 4650/GEHS 6900

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: Coordinated by the Ministry of Health’s Bureau of Public Health

  • 20 hours
  • Public health focus

Capstone or Elective:

  • Capstone for public health undergraduates who are rising seniors
  • Public health elective for all other undergraduates, fulfills major or minor elective requirements 
  • Graduate elective for all SPHTM graduate students
Health, Travel & Lodgings

Health:

Medical check-up required

See CDC Health Information for Travelers to Suriname http://www.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/suriname.aspx 

Get up to date with immunizations:

  • Routine-tetanus
  • Yellow fever

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

Travel Arrangements & Flights to Suriname

Date: July 2 – 17 dates abroad, Every Tuesday 12-1  

Route: Miami / Port of Spain /Paramaribo

  • Caribbean Airlines offers round trip flights from Miami to Paramaribo for $650-900 USD (Avg.)
    • Suriname Airways and American Airlines also offer competitive airfare 
  • Round trip flights from New Orleans to Miami, $300 (avg.) on multiple airlines. 

Lodging:

Lodging will be arranged by University, includes transport to and from Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM) and Eco-resort  

Payment Terms & Schedule:

BY MARCH 1 please submit to Geraldine Neville:
One night's deposit: $50.00 to “Tulane University“

(Refundable if unable to attend)
Balance of course fees will be charged to your Tulane account.
 

Financial Aid

Information Required to Request Financial Aid for Summer:

Contact Information

If you have any financial aid questions, please contact your financial aid counselor.  To find your assigned Financial Aid Counselor, please refer to the Contact Us tab on the Financial Aid web site (http://www2.tulane.edu/financialaid/hsc/ ).

Location and additional information

Tulane University Health Sciences
University Financial Aid
1440 Canal Street, Suite 1213, Box 8411
New Orleans, LA   70112-2699
Web Site: http://tulane.edu/financialaid/hsc
Phone: 1 (504) 988-6135 / Fax:  1 (504) 988-6136

Documents can be sent to FADOCS@tulane.edu

Registration & Scheduling
Registration is complete when all application materials and payments are received. Course scheduling is arranged on a first-come, first-served basis and is based on the student's course preference list.  The program is limited to a maximum of 15 students.
 
Students are NOT permitted to take summer courses pass/fail.
 
Passport & Visa

A passport valid for 6 months after the initial date of visit is required for all U.S. citizens traveling to Suriname. Requirements vary for other nationalities. International students should check the requirements for their respective countries. For US passport fees and instructions see the U.S. Department of State site: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/suriname.html

Students may obtain a tourist visa at the Embassy of Suriname or purchase a “Tourist Card” upon arrival at the airport. The card costs $35. It is good for a single entry, and is valid for 90 days. Students are responsible for this cost.

It is very important that you apply early for your US passport. The Tulane Office of Study Abroad assumes no responsibility in assisting students with passports. Please contact the Office of Study Abroad if you need documentation indicating you are on a study abroad program.

Suriname facts and tips: 

  • Temperature: 90 degrees, humid
  • Electricity: 110V (round plug)
  • Communication
    • Cell phones work most places, except for the interior 
    • Buy local phone or sim-card and use sim-lock free phone
  • Official language: Dutch
    • Many other languages; English spoken by most, (all lectures taught in English)
    • Common everyday language: Sranang Tongo
  • Many Internet cafes (hotel, other Internet cafes)

Medical & International SOS
All students participating on Tulane Office of Study Abroad summer programs are covered by a comprehensive study abroad medical insurance policy provided through HTH International. This insurance is included in the cost of the program. The policy provides for accident, medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and family assistance coverage. The policy does not provide for trip cancellation or baggage loss. Students are also covered by International SOS. This assists students with various medical and safety needs as well as emergency needs such as emergency evacuation (for non-medical reasons) if necessary. Students are required to enroll for membership at

https://www.internationalsos.com/MasterPortal/default.aspx?membnum=11BSG...

Students will enroll in supplemental health insurance through GeoBlue Health, registration details to follow post enrollment. Cost is included in Tulane billed course fees.

Accessibility for the Disabled
Tulane University is committed to making all its programs accessible to the physically challenged. Persons requiring special facilities should notify the specific program coordinator and the academic director as soon as possible (in writing). All effort will be made to accommodate but students should be aware that reasonable accommodation may be required.

Refund & Cancellation Policy
 
The $50 deposit can be refunded before May 21st. After May 21st the deposit is non-refundable. After June 1st any other payments made to the Program become non-refundable.
 
The effective date of cancellation is the date official written notification is received by the Program Director at mlichtve@tulane.edu copying the Tulane Office of Study Abroad emailed to cge@tulane.edu. This refund policy applies to all students regardless of the date of application or the circumstance of the cancellation.
 
For More Information Please Contact: 

Geraldine Neville
Senior Administrative Program Coordinator
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 
Department of Global Environmental Health Science
Tel: 504-988-7904 
gneville@tulane.edu  
 
Maureen Y. Lichtveld, MD, MPH 
Professor and Chair 
Freeport McMoRan Chair of Environmental Policy 
Associate Director Population Sciences, Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium 
Director GROWH Research Consortium
Director, Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership and Strategic Initiatives
President, Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 
Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences 
1440 Canal Street, suite 2100
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112 
Tel: 504-988-7904  Fax: 504-988-1726 
Email: mlichtve@tulane.edu 
 

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