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Drexel Professor Secures Cuba Trip for Students to Study Health System

Drexel students will be among the first to travel to Cuba for an educational experience when they spend two weeks studying the country’s health system this summer. “Cuba is known to have one of the most effective and efficient health systems in the world. They also promptly sent health care workers to address global health emergencies, such as ebola in West Africa,” said Dr. Shannon Marquez, associate vice provost for Global Health and International Development and director of the Dornsife School of Public Health’s Office of Global Health. “Our class is a global health integration module. It is a course that provides a comparative and intensive field experience that will give students knowledge about preventative nature of the Cuban health systems and the interventions that have been modeled across other low and middle-income countries.” Marquez, a faculty member in the Dornsife School of Public Health’s Environmental and Occupational Health program, will teach the class along with Drexel College of Medicine’s Dr. Yanick Vibert, and Dr. Veronica Flake, a graduate of the Latin American Medical School in Havana who now lectures at the Dornsife School of Public Health’s Global Health program. Marquez has been building relationships in Cuba for the past five years to make such a visit possible, culminating in December 2015 with an official partnership between Drexel and La Universidad de Cienfuegos to facilitate the experience.

http://drexel.edu/dornsife/news/latest-news/2016/February/Cuba_DSPH/