Exchange Program with Nitte University in Mangalore, India

Program Details

January 1-12, 2018
Open to 8 students
Deadline to apply: October 15, 2017

Through this program, U of M School of Public Health students gain exposure to global public health topics by studying and working alongside Nitte students in rural coastal districts in the South Indian state of Karnataka.

This year’s Nitte Winter School will focus on issues surrounding tobacco, which is a leading preventable cause of death, and leading risk factor for major Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) killing nearly six million people worldwide each year. India is the second largest consumer of tobacco globally, and accounts for approximately one-sixth of the world’s tobacco-related deaths. The disease burden of tobacco in India is peculiar, with consumption of a variety of smokeless and smoking forms across the country.

The program incorporates the health profile of the rural population and the existing public and private health care system in rural areas. In addition, the program intends to give an insight on the socio-economic profile, health profile, disease profile and living conditions of people living in rural India. Each of these learnings will have background sessions and be followed by field exposure visits to learn directly about the functioning of different tiers of the health system, tobacco as a consumer’s product and commercial product, activities of tobacco control initiatives, and interaction with key stakeholders of tobacco control.

Program objectives

  • Interact with public health faculty and students in Mangalore, India
  • Understand public health challenges in South India
  • Participate in public health class work with faculty and students

Application deadline

October 30, 2016

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