Field Research in Public Health: Tanzania

Students walking on rural road

About This Program

  • Location: Arusha, Tanzania - Collaboration with the University of Dar es Salaam
  • Term: Summer Quarter
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Eligibility: Open to NU students only. Students must meet NU's minimum application requirements and have taken Qualitative Research Methods in Global Health or the equivalent.

Summer 2015

  • Application deadline: March 1
  • Program dates: To be confirmed

Total program fee: $5,000 (charged in full by Northwestern) includes: 

  • $3,500 tuition fee covers courses, HTH health insurance, and excursions
  • $1,500 housing fee covers lodging

Estimated additional costs: $1,600 includes:

  • $100 for books and supplies
  • $1,500 for discretionary expenses, including meals, personal transportation, moderate personal travel (if planning on significant personal travel, estimate an additional $500)

Dr. Kesava K. Bhogaraju Global Health Fellowship Support: This fellowship covers $2,000 in round-trip airfare to Tanzania. IPD will arrange and cover the costs of flights. 

Students applying to this program are not eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships, but they may be eligible for external funding opportunities.

Overview

The Northwestern IPD Field Research in Public Health: Tanzania program engages students in community-driven, faculty-supervised global health research. Northwestern students will collaborate with medical sociology undergraduates from the University of Dar es Salaam to conduct supervised research on critical public health issues in Tanzania’s Arusha region.

  • Orientation: During the first two weeks on site, students will engage in intensive Swahili language training and visit the program sites, including clinics, health centers, and other Arusha health facilities.
  • Research projects: After the initial orientation, students will work in teams on a qualitative research projects for the program’s remaining six weeks. Research topics, developed with Tanzanian community leaders, will focus on community-identified high priority health issues. 

Housing & meals

For the majority of the program, students will stay at the Usa River Rehabilitation and Training Center (URRC), which offers a comfortable, fully secured guesthouse with shared rooms, Wi-Fi access and a full kitchen for cooking meals. For one week of the program, small groups of students will live with host families. Students are responsible for the cost of most meals throughout the program.

Courses

This is a Northwestern program with a set curriculum, so students must enroll in all courses listed below.

SWAHILI 111-1-SA: Swahili I

  • 1 credit

Taught by instructors affiliated with the MS Training Center for Development Cooperation (MS TCDC) this course intends to prime students with a basic command of Swahili, helping them to communicate with their host families, research subjects, and community health partners. The program can offer intensive language tutorials at various levels if participants have prior Swahili knowledge.

GBL HLTH 310-SA: Supervised Global Health Research: Field Research in Public Health, Tanzania

  • 1 credit

Under the supervision of Professor Noelle Sullivan, research teams of Northwestern and University of Dar es Salaam students will design and implement projects that address Arusha’s pressing health concerns. Students will gain experience in the field application of qualitative research methods and explore ethical issues in qualitative research. Through their projects, seminar discussions, and guided public health site visits, students will engage with the complex landscape of health and healing in Tanzania’s rural and urban environments while confronting the opportunities and challenges of conducting research in a low-income country.

Excursions

Students will embark on guided visits to sites in Arusha that illustrate the health challenges and accomplishments in the region. Possible visits include: Meru District Hospital, several dispensaries and health centers in more remote areas of the district, a Danish water defluoridation project, an HIV/AIDS health clinic, missionary health centers, and various water sources to illustrate water utilization and pollution issues in Arusha town and nearby villages.