Paramaribo is the capital city of Suriname and is famous for its unique architectural wooden buildings and its warm multi cultural population.

Key things to think about:

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GEHS 6900/SPHU 4560 Public Health Threats in Suriname

June 2 – July 31, 2015


Key Learning Objectives

Ecosystem and environmental health

  • Describe the general characteristics of the Suriname ecosystem
  • Characterize the risks posed by environmental contamination to ecosystem and population health
  • Develop community-based intervention strategies to address those risks
  • Identify environmental factors influencing the public’s health in Suriname
  • Assess the leading causes of morbidity and mortality
  • Describe the public health implications of mercury contamination potentially related to gold mining affecting indigenous food sources, specifically fish
  • Assess the access and use of pesticides in large and small-scale agriculture
  • Describe public health relevance of nutriceuticals and indigenous medicinal plants

Course Timeline

  • June 2 – July 5: directed readings
  • July 7 – 21: abroad component
  • July 22 - 31: case study completion


  • Register for the course
  • 3 credit course : June 2 – July 31
  • Readings:

Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice, M. Plotkin
Additional topic-specific articles 

  • Language: English
  • Grading Components:

Daily Journals (10%)
Field Trip Reports (30%)
Policy Fact Sheets (15%)
Case Study Presentation (15%)
Case Study Report (30%)


Service Learning

  • 20 hours
  • Public health focus
  • Coordinated by the Ministry of Health’s Bureau of Public Health

Capstone or Elective

  • Counts as a capstone for public health undergraduates who are rising seniors
  • Counts as a public health elective for all other undergraduates and fulfills major or minor elective requirements.

Other important issues

  • Temperature: 90 degrees, humid
  • Electricity: 110V (round plug)
  • Communication

Cell phones only in the city
Buy local phone or sim-card and use sim-lock free phone
Official language: Dutch
Many other languages
Common everyday language: Sranang Tongo
Many Internet cafes (hotel, other Internet cafes) 

Program Application

Download the application (PDF). Please complete and return to Dr. Lichtveld or Chris lane in the uptown office.



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