Investigate healthcare realities, policy, and delivery systems among disadvantaged groups in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
This program allows students to observe through firsthand experience how health care policies in Brazil are put into practice. Students are deeply immersed in Nordeste, Brazil's northeast region and home to some of the poorest areas in the southern hemisphere. Through lectures, seminars, and site visits, students discover the complexities of Brazil's health care system as well as the country's extraordinarily diverse population.
Particular attention is spent studying traditional Afro Brazilian healing practices, especially those rooted in the Candomblé spiritual belief system, on which many rural and urban communities still rely.