Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Master of Public Health (MPH) student in the Global Health track, Roberta Hutton, is completing her practicum and thesis work at the Central American Medical Outreach Foundation (CAMO) in western Honduras.
On her experience, Roberta writes, "At the Central American Medical Outreach Foundation (CAMO) in western Honduras I helped create an extensive monitoring and evaluation system for the nursing capacitation program at a local hospital through focus groups, interviews, data-flow analysis and protocol development. I successfully applied my MPH coursework in impact evaluation, statistical analysis, and quality improvement. I saw the importance of improving the quality of care at this low-resource hospital, and my project will be included in grants to generate financial support for this continuing education program. I also actively assisted when CAMO conducted medical brigades in communities that lacked running water and electricity. I gave out new baby kits, toothbrushes and clothing donations, as well as helped with the patient charts for the audiometric and gynecological services. Through these endeavors I have reaffirmed my interest in becoming an active, committed advocator for the health of underserved populations in my future."
The Vanderbilt Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is a two-year interdisciplinary program offered through the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The Global Health track is designed to educate innovative and effective public health professionals in the development and management of effective global health initiatives, to contribute to sound public health policies and practices, and to engage in meaningful partnerships with communities.