India: Mysore Placement

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Course Description

In this placement course, students participate in a 2- to 4-week project related to public health, health care delivery and/or other community activities. Dr. Shailey Prasad (Course Instructor) will interview applicants at the University of Minnesota to discuss the placement opportunity as it connects to the applicant's goals. This opportunity is intended to follow the India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course, although other arrangements are possible.

Options vary based on the goals of the student:

  • Clinical placement at Vivekananda Memorial Hospital, a rural-tribal hospital in Saragur (70 km from Mysore)
  • Examples of past projects available below

Instruction

  • Faculty: Shailey Prasad, University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; and Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
  • Preceptors: R. Balasubramaniam (Balu) and TBD | Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), Mysore, India
  • Community based preceptors dependent on placement

Course Details

Application instructions will be added to the individual course pages once available. Join our mailing list if you are interested in the program and you would like us to send you more information regarding registration and details as it becomes available.

Sample Projects

Note: These are examples of past projects. Future available projects will vary.

Example Project #1

Example Project #1

Past Project Description

Addressing regional and social disparities in status of health and public health infrastructure and fostering involvement of local communities in governance and monitoring of public health institutions. To advocate for pragmatic policy changes in achieving these objectives, GRAAM actively explores topics related to public health finance and action research projects related to community involvement in public health. Hence, based on the on‐going projects and activities at GRAAM and the interns’ interest, interns are expected to contribute towards a sub‐set of deliverables.

Expectation/Task to be Completed by the Student

1. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of performance of public health centers, based on primary data (including field visits) and secondary data
2. Preparation of factsheets, project summaries and other documents based on initiatives of GRAAM in public health, targeted towards specific stakeholders.
3. Analysis of health seeking behavior of communities.
4. Documentation of various experiments in encouraging community involvement in public health.
5. Collection and analysis of budgetary information targeted towards public health.

Required Skills

Ability to quickly grasp the context of public health in a developing country scenario. Ability to gather evidences based on literature review of policy documents, reports and academic publications. Ability/Open‐mindedness to link evidences and insights from multiple fields. Willingness to be pro‐active in sharing/discussing ideas and asking for help/guidance. Willingness to explore opportunities for field visits in connected projects (and not just in the assigned project). Documentation skills, reflective writing and proficiency in using spreadsheets. Qualitative data analysis and Quantitative data analysis are desirable.

Example Project #2

Example Project #2

Past Project Description

GRAAM's current interests lie in exploring the relationships between rural governance structures, community participation and development outcomes. Based on the on‐going projects and activities at GRAAM and the interns' interest, interns are expected to contribute towards a subset of deliverables. The portfolio aims to work on following projects, 1. Mapping community involvement initiatives in different sectors of rural development tried by the government (and other important institutions) in India. 2. Field mapping of patterns of community involvement, levels of communitization achieved and perceived, aiding and hindering forces in community involvement initiatives across different sectors of development and across different regions. 3. Participatory action research for attaining the right combination of roles, power and responsibilities, structure and monitoring mechanisms of community participation.

Expectation/Task to be Completed by the Student

The student is expected to furnish any one of the following tasks as per his/ her field of interest and expertise. a. Defining community involvement as expected and realized in such initiatives. b. Documenting the specific roles, responsibilities and powers delegated and realized by communities c. Mapping the structure of community involvement and their legal sanctity d. Review of literature on the outcomes and impacts of such experiments

Required Skills

Ability to gather evidence based on literature review of policy documents, reports and academic publications. Ability/Open‐mindedness to link evidences and insights from multiple fields. Willingness to be pro‐active in sharing/discussing ideas and asking for help/guidance. Willingness to explore opportunities for field visits in connected projects (and not just in the assigned project). Documentation skills, reflective writing and proficiency in using spreadsheets Qualitative data analysis and Quantitative data analysis are desirable.

Example Project #3

Example Project #3

Past Project Description

GRAAM under the Education and Child rights portfolio aims to work on the following two projects. 1. Quality education among tribal children in the context of Right to Education (RTE) 2. Re‐Understanding reasons for child labor with specific reference to the attitudinal reasons of parents and its relationship with the disability of children

Expectation/Task to be Completed by the Student

Project 1: 1.a. To analyze secondary data on access to quality education among tribal children 1b.. To conduct literature review on status of enrollment, retention, out of school children among tribal and ashram schools. Project 2: 2 a. Review of literature on the attitudinal reasons of parents towards sending their children to work 2b. To submit a note on literatures linking children with disabilities often drop out of the school subsequently entering the labor market

Required Skills

Ability to gather evidences based on literature review of policy documents, reports and academic publications. Ability to grasp development issues quickly from micro and macro perspectives Strong writing communication and analytical skills

Host Organizations

Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS) logoThis program is offered in partnership with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM)  and Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), a unit of SVYM. They have worked in the fields of health, public health, advocacy, and education in southern India for three decades, and have educational collaborations with institutes of higher education around the world. 

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