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First Day in Malaysia June 2009


Tulane Department of Tropical Medicine and Undergraduate Public Health Studies Present

"Social Aspects of Infectious Diseases"


The course instructor, Latha Rajan MD, is a native of India, and previously worked in Malaysia at the University of Malaya.  Her research specialty is infectious diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS and TB.  This course is the first international public health service learning class offered at Tulane.


Academic and Service Experiences

This two-course program will provide you with an increased understanding of culture and health in the context of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The service learning and internship components of this course will not only allow you to provide meaningful service to community partners, but also will enhance your academic and civic learning and understanding.  A main goal is to provide you with grounding in cultural issues as well as prepare you for active civic participation in this domain.

All participants will engage in a substantive community service project that is directly linked to an academic course.  Through the community service project, students will not only be providing invaluable assistance to partnering organizations, but will also acquire an experience that will enhance their classroom learning and immerse themselves in the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur.  Students will have opportunities to work with NGOs (See Partnership link) partnered with the Malaysia AIDS Council and intern with the organization for your four weeks in Malaysia.  During the weekends there will be optional excursions in the areas around Kuala Lumpur.     

In addition to internships, participating students will also receive:·     

  • Undergraduates will receive 6 credits (3 honors credits), 2nd tier service learning, and capstone credit
  • Graduate students will receive 3 credits and practicum credit
  • Housing accommodations in New Orleans and Kuala Lumpur
  • Some program-related transportation
  • Supplemental medical insurance
  • Tulane-sponsored social outings and events

Summer 2012 Course Dates -To Be Announced

Previous Course Dates
May 20 - June 30, 2009; June 25 - July 31, 2010

Course Directors
Latha Rajan, MD
Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Dean University of Malaya Faculty of Medicine

Special thanks to the students who participated in the course last year for their contributions of pictures and comments.

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