HSPH Collaborative Program in Brazil

Next Deadline: Postponed 2020-2021. See remote opportunities. 

Program Overview

This field course is offered in collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP) in São Paulo, Brazil. The course combines lectures, discussions, site visits (hospitals, health facilities, NGOs, and community-based programs), and group work. Five specific topics are covered in the course: HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Arboviruses, Leishmaniasis and Child Development. Students will work in groups of 6 (3 from Harvard, 3 from Brazil), one for each topic.

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Critically analyze environmental and socioeconomic factors in Brazil that are associated with a high prevalence and geographic distribution of diseases and additional major public health concerns
  • Identify population characteristics, such as nutrition status, immunity, degree of exposure associated with disease epidemiology and the impact of these factors on disease morbidity and mortality
  • Foster lasting academic collaborations and joint research projects between HSPH and Brazilian participants, strengthening personal networks throughout Brazil and internationally

Program Dates

  • January 6-23, 2020

For Harvard Students

The program is limited to 15 Harvard students. Harvard students interested in participating should visit the HSPH course listing to learn more.

Eligibility for Brazilian Students

Brazilian applicants must be enrolled in Masters, Doctoral or Professional Program (EPISUS, Medical Residency Program, etc.) or work for the SUS (PSF, UBS, Hospitals, EPI Surveillance) with previous research experience. Foreigners living in Brazil that meet the aforementioned requirements are also eligible to apply. English proficiency is mandatory, and will be evaluated through a phone interview. Past participants of previous editions of the course are not eligible. All participants must have full time dedication to the course and participate in all activities. The full workload is roughly 110 hours, varying slightly from year to year.

Application Requirements for Brazilian Students

Application materials must be submitted in English however, the transcripts may be submitted in Portuguese if applicants are unable to obtain English translations before the deadline. 

  • A completed Application Form
  • Updated resume (no more than 2 pages)
  • Transcript of the last two degrees (including the current)
  • A letter of reference

Please send these documents to brazil_office@harvard.edu using the subject line "2020 Public Health Collaborative Course"

Program Costs for Brazilian Students

There is no course fee for Brazilian students. However, Brazilian students are responsible for their own travel, lodging and meal expenses.