Week 1: The History of the Colombian Armed Conflict and its impact on Public Health in Colombia
The first module will explore the recent transformation of Colombia to a post-conflict society, and the terms of the recent peace agreement, with particular reference to the national healthcare system within the country. Participants will visit the Military Center for Rehabilitation, the Center for Historical Memory, and CINEP (the Center of Research and Education for Peace), an NGO whose reports and education projects work to support human rights and a sustainable peace in Colombia.
Week 2: The National Healthcare System in Colombia and its evolution
The second module will focus on the current system for governmental provision of public healthcare in Colombia and access to the General Social Security System for Health (SGSSS). Site visits include the Ministry of Health, public and private hospitals, the National Health Observatory and JaveSalud, a primary health care provider affiliated with the university.
Week 3: Population demographics and disease burden in Colombia & the Ten- year Public Health Plan (PDSP 2012-2021)
During week 3, the course will present the demographic transition in Colombia and its impact on health conditions, covering topics such as maternal mortality and transmissible diseases. Students will visit the National Institute of Health, the Bogota Secretary of Health, and ARTEMISA and Profamilia, NGOs and clinics dedicated to the provision of family planning services and the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights.
Week 4: The Mental Health Status of Colombian Civilians and Ex-Combatants & Harm Reduction
The program’s final week will explore chronic disease, mental health, and injury Harm Reduction in the Colombian context. Students will have the opportunity to visit the National Institute of Oncology (INC), the governmental Group for the Comprehensive Management of Mental Health, the Secretary of Mobility, and the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences.