Costa Rica community health assessment

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From:           	Sophia Klempner <sophia at>

For those interested in applying for this year¹s International
Field Methods Course in Costa Rica, the deadline to apply is
March 1.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

Field Methods for Community Health in Monteverde, Costa Rica

June 19 to August 1, 2004

Application deadline: March 1,  2004

Notification of acceptance status: March 30, 2004

This six-week course features an in-depth exploration of
quantitative and qualitative research methods used in medical
anthropology and for assessing community health.  Students will
explore the changing face of health and healthcare in communities
undergoing the rapid social, cultural, and economic changes
associated with globalization.  This will take place through
field research in interdisciplinary teams on issues of community
importance and presentations of research results in a public
forum. This year's research projects will be furthered developed
by students in consultation with faculty and local advisors and
comprise the following: Nutrition/Food Security, HIV/AIDS,
Migrant Health, Household Environmental Health, and Youth Health.

Course Goals:

1. Familiarize students with selected qualitative and
quantitative methodologies that can be used to identify and
evaluate the health status of rural communities in the Monteverde

2. Provide students with the opportunity to practice developing a
research proposal, data collection and data management using the
following anthropological and epidemiological field methods

€      Participatory approach to field work
€      Rapid Assessment Procedures (RAP)
€      Epidemiological methods
€      Anthropometry
€      Dietary survey methods
€      Functional measures
€      Environmental and occupational health methods

3. Provide a service to local community members and institutions
by collecting and presenting accurate data on priority health

Program Features:

€ structured classes and intensive field work in community-based
health research;

€ guest lectures by internationally-renowned medical
anthropologists and health experts;

€ additional interdisciplinary lectures and seminars in tropical
biology, water resources, sustainable design, globalization,
gender studies, and political economy;

€ three levels of Spanish language instruction;

€ facilities and resources of the Monteverde Institute including
library, computer lab and wet lab;

€ homestay with 3 meals per day.

Cost and Credits: $3,300‹includes all in-country lodging, travel,
food, instruction and course material expenses. Does not include
international airfare, health insurance, optional weekend
activities/travel, or credit fees. Graduate credit is available
through the University of South Florida: contact David
Himmelgreen for more details at dhimmelg at A
limited number of Fellowships are available through the
University of South Florida: contact David Himmelgreen for more
details at dhimmelg at or (813) 974-1204.

Application Procedures and Prerequisites:  Preference will be
given to students pursuing graduate students in health,
anthropology or related fields with conversational ability in
Spanish and knowledge of Latin American culture and health
beliefs.  Highly qualified, advanced undergraduate students will
also be considered.

Applicants who do not speak Spanish at the time of application
should show proof of acceptance into a language program to be
undertaken prior to the course and will be asked to present a
completion certificate.

Application materials are available at the end of this message
and should be sent electronically to mvi at The
application deadline is March 1, 2004.

Application Procedures:

Please send a CV or resume (3 pages maximum length), two letters
of reference (one academic and one from a job), and your answers
to the following questions. Your answers should not exceed five
pages and can be in an essay format if so desired.  Applications
must be received by 4:00pm Central Standard Time, March 1, 2004.

1. Tell us about a recent community health project you were
involved in: what was your role and what did you gain from this

2. What strengths or skills would you bring to your team, to the
program and to Monteverde?

3. How does your participation in this course fit with your
career and/or educational goals?

4. Please identify the research topic you are most interested in
exploring during the course and explain why it interests you.
Please answer this question in Spanish (if Spanish is your native
tongue, please answer in English).

5. What is your level of Spanish:

speaking:                     excellent    very good good        
fair poor comprehension:           excellent    very good good   
     fair poor written:                        excellent    very
good good         fair poor

Course Faculty

Research Methods Faculty
Robert Bailey, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of
Public Health Linda Forst, MD, MPH, MS, University of Illinois at
Chicago, School of Public Health David Himmelgreen, PhD, MA,
University of South Florida, Department of Anthropology Anne
Krantz, MD, MPH, Department of Occupational Medicine, Cook County
Hospital, Chicago Gabriela Méndez, MD, Fundación Salud Sin
Fronteras, Costa Rica Nadine Peacock, PhD, MA, University of
Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health Susan Scrimshaw,
PhD, MA, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public
Health Catharina Wesseling, MD, PhD, Regional Institute for the
Study of Toxic Substances (IRET), National University, Costa Rica

Costa Rican and Monteverde Health Services and Issues and
Research Ethics Faculty Novelty Castro, RN, Clínica de Monteverde
Patricia Jiménez, BA, Fuerza Femenina, Monteverde Sophia
Klempner, MPH, Instituto Monteverde Lynn Morgan, PhD, MA, Mount
Holyoke College, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Mauricio Quesada, MD, Clínica de Monteverde Nancy Romero-Daza,
PhD, MA, University of South Florida, Department of Anthropology
Luis Bernardo Villalobos, PhD, Universidad de Costa Rica, Escuela
de Salud Pública

Course Requirements:

1. Attendance to all group meetings, classes, field activities,
and required evening lectures 2. Field notes 3. Residence in a
family homestay during time in Monteverde 4. Drafting and
submission of team research proposal for review by Costa Rican
ethical review board. 5. Collection and analysis of data as part
of research team. 6. Written report on team research project (1
per team) 7. Oral presentation of team research results to
community members (1 per team) 8. Poster presentation of team
research results to resident students and researchers at MVI (1
per team)

Please direct any questions you may have about the course to

Sophia Klempner, MPH
Director, Community Health Program
Monteverde Institute
Apdo 69-5666
Monteverde, Puntarenas COSTA RICA

email:         sophia at

phone/fax:         011-506-645-5053

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