Gold plays an integral part in Ghana’s social and economic history and currently accounts for a third of Ghana’s overall export revenue. Increasingly, gold extraction is transitioning from large mining operations to small, often illegal, small-scale mining ventures. While small-scale mining has the potential to directly improve households’ livelihood, particularly in rural impoverished areas, it also poses serious health risks to both the miners and the surrounding communities.
The DGHI Student Research Training Program is an intensive experiential learning program that engages second and third year undergraduate students in the development, implementation and assessment of a community-based project. Students will work in Honduras, India, Kenya, and North Carolina, US on issues ranging from infant mortality to health care mapping to access to care for migrant populations and HIV/AIDS and substance abuse issues.
Working with a faculty director and a community partner, students will be at the center of global health challenges and have the opportunity to employ skills learned in the classroom in the community.
Students selected for this program will receive a grant to cover their fieldwork experience.
“Find your passion. What you learn will be goodness in your journey no matter the direction. Also get to know yourself. The SRT program is holistic, enabling you to bring your insights back to Duke and nurture relationships with partners on the ground.” Laura Muglia, Duke Global Health Institute Board Member
Students are expected to make a significant commitment to preparing for their experiential learning experience. This includes readings and background research, as well as attending:
- Bi-weekly meetings with faculty directors
- Pre-departure workshops focused on project development and implementation
- Re-entry retreat focused on processing the experience
- Participate in the global health showcase
Lysa MacKeen, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning
October 2, 2018
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How to Apply
Who Can Apply?
Second and third year undergraduate students at Duke who have demonstrated an interest in global health through coursework are eligible to apply.
Previous international or community-based project experience is desirable.
- Choose a project location that interests you (2018 project locations coming soon!)
- Complete the 2018-2019 Application
- Send a CV and a copy of your most recent transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject line: SRT Application)
- Deadline: October 2, 2018