Uppsala University, together with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, offer a master program in infection biology with the aim to empower students with knowledge and tools to predict, detect, prevent and treat infectious diseases.
The third semester of the program includes a two-week field course with the main objective to give the students a global health perspective of infectious diseases in the context of the low-income settings of a developing country. For the fourth year, the destination was ICDDR,B (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) in Dhaka, where the students experience the community, clinic and laboratory work to develop and implement knowledge for global lifesaving solutions.
As a part of the training course this year, the students were given the task to write short popular science articles on topics related to infectious disease and global health. The different topics were chosen by the students and relevant to what was covered during the course, what they experienced and whom they met during visits to the e. g. the clinics, slum areas and rural out stations. One additional article, written by students not visiting Dhaka, is discussing disaster management from an infection biology perspective. The articles have been assembled into a “Journal of Global Health”.
Catharina Svensson, Master Program Coordinator