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Fall 2017 - MIEH606: Addressing Current, Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges in Bangladesh Blended Learning

MIEH 606: Addressing Current, Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges in Bangladesh

Blended Learning

Instructor: Muhiuddin Haider

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Independent University of Bangladesh
Restriction: Senior undergraduates may enroll with instructor's permission.
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Course Description: This course focuses on how to operationalize public health field research/practice on the ground in Bangladesh. The public health threat that will be addressed is solid waste management in Dhaka. With a landmass equivalent to the State of Wisconsin and the world's eighth largest population, Bangladesh is the most densely populated country on the globe. This course will give students the opportunity to collaborate virtually with students in Bangladesh.

 

 

Award Year: 2017

Name of Faculty: Muhiuddin Haider
​Title and Affiliation: Associate Research Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIEH), School of Public Health​
Tile of Proposed Course: ​Addressing Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges in Bangladesh
Partner Institution: Independent University of Bangladesh

 

This global classroom will provide public health students and faculty from both Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) and The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) a virtual classroom learning experience in practical project implementation, research techniques in global health data collection and analysis, and report writing on community based health and environment related projects of global health interest. An assessment of ongoing public health program implementation work will be conducted. Specific projects to assess will be selected with careful consideration of mutual academic interest, opportunity for meaningful public health population impact and student involvement and learning, and sustainability within communities with which project work is carried out and the partner agencies that are implementing the work.

One of the following 4 projects will be selected for the focus of the global classroom after consideration of mutual interest, opportunity for meaningful public health population impact and student involvement and learning, and sustainability within communities with which project work is carried out:

  • Assess a community household waste collection process in Dhaka city.
  • Assess the work of NGO Bastob’s microfinance project that provides health services along with the credit services in Dhaka city.
  • Assess the public health relevance of a drinking water supply in a Dhaka slum (Korail slum) established by the NGO Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK).
  • Assess indoor air pollution in relation to use of traditional cookstoves and efforts to improve access to clean cookstoves and fuels through the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and various local partners.