Maeve McGarry (Fall, 2011)
December 27, 2011
Environmental sciences and engineering
Trude Bennett, PhD, professor of maternal and child health, traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, in fall 2011, to facilitate the UNC Burch Field Research Seminar at the Hanoi School of Public Health. UNC Bachelor of Science in Public Health students Burcu Bozcurt, Allison Cummings and Joey Parker (health policy and management) and Maeve McGarry, Tara Seshan and Ann Suk (environmental sciences and engineering) were part of the program.
My studies and experiences here have taught me about the practical and cultural sides of global health, a field in which I hope to work professionally some day.
We are living with Vietnamese roommates in the Hanoi School of Public Health dorms, learning Vietnamese, and taking courses about the history of public health, the cultural context for health and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Vietnam.
Our experiences are supplemented with visits to governmental and nongovernmental public health organizations and cultural excursions. Memorable field trips so far include visits to the Hanoi maternity hospital, an HIV testing and counseling clinic, the Hue Medical College and the Institute for Sustainable Development Studies.
By the end of the semester, each of us will have completed an oral history project with a public health professional working in Vietnam.
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