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Undergraduate Program in Biomedical Sciences & Medicine

Exploring Public Health in Ghana

MEDS 4054 | 3 credit hours

Jason Blackard, PhD | jason.blackard@uc.edu | 513-558-4389



Exploring Public Health in Ghana will provide students with hands-on, real-world applied learning to public health and infectious diseases in Ghana. 

The course will focus on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis and include ~10 weeks of instruction at the University of Cincinnati followed by a 10–12 day study tour to Ghana. 

Introductory lectures will provide a working knowledge of public health and microbiology as they pertain to our understanding of HIV and tuberculosis. Topics to be covered include modes of transmission, the pathogen life cycles, prevention/education, treatment strategies, and social/ethical issues, with a particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa, as well as a broader discussion of public health issues and the public health infrastructure in Ghana. 

Students will also learn more about Ghana through guest speakers, videos, readings, and student-led, in-class discussions.

Spring 2014 Course Brochure  |  Class Website


Ghana Trip 2013

Students during the Ghana Trip 2013.

CARE/Crawley Building