In collaboration with the Deans of Makerere University School of Public Health and University of Ibadan Faculty of Public Health, Dr. Susan Kiene, Associate Director for Academic Affairs at San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Public Heath, led a seven week field placement and one week manuscript writing workshop in Uganda for public health master’s and PhD students from SDSU, Makerere, and Ibadan. This inaugural collaboration between SDSU School of Public Health, Makerere University School of Public Health (Uganda), and University Ibadan Faculty of Public Health (Nigeria) brought together students and faculty from the three countries to culminate the students’ 8 week stay in Uganda. Deans Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze (Makerere) and Dr. Olufunmilayo Fawole (Ibadan) co-led the collaborative course with Dr. Kiene.
The SDSU and Ibadan students were paired with Makerere students in field placements in four rural public health districts across Uganda. Each student group completed a project on a key public health issue in the region. Faculty from the three Universities supported the students to design and implement their projects. Under the direction of the district health officers, the students also participated in outbreak investigations, immunization campaigns, and other community outreach activities. Doreen Tuhebwe, resident mentor at Makerere SPH, coordinated the students’ projects and field placements. During the manuscript writing workshop students learned how to write-up the findings from their projects for publication in a scientific journal. The students began writing their manuscripts which they plan to submit for publication.
Other SDSU participating faculty included: Drs. Stephanie Brodine, Eyal Oren, and Ijeoma Ogbonnaya. Three of the participating students were part of SDSU’s Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program. Dr. Stephanie Brodine directs the SDSU Uganda MHIRT site.
In the summer of 2019, University of Ibadan will host the collaboration.