It’s All About Connections

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When Hopkins students take part in the Public Health Studies Uganda intersession program, Uganda: Childhood, Health, and Society, it’s not only their own lives that are enriched. JHU students are matched with students from Uganda’s Makerere University for the duration of their stay, creating a unique peer-to-peer learning experience, and connections that last.

This year marks an exciting exchange between Johns Hopkins University and Makerere University, as this connection between the two schools became even closer. Seven Ugandan students, who participated in the 2014 January intersession program, came to Baltimore for two weeks to study urban environments and public health. 

In addition to time spent in the classroom, the course included field trips to environmental health sites in Baltimore, including Air Quality Monitoring Stations, the Clear Water Trash Mill, the Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant, and Real Food Farms.

The experience wasn’t all work, though; the students enjoyed a trip to Hershey Park and had the opportunity to tour Washington, D.C.

We greatly appreciate the support of the JHU Center for Global Health, Makerere University School of Public Health, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, JHU Summer and Intersession Programs, and Dr. Ana Rule, research associate in the JHSPH Environmental Health Science Department. Dr. Rule is pictured here with the students—she served as course instructor and she was instrumental in making sure these seven students’ dreams came true.