Community Health & Diseases in Thailand - FIELD EXPERIENCE 2018

Associate Professor Dr Sunee Lagampan, Deputy Dean for Graduate Studies and Committee Members 13 welcomed 13 students and two professors from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA to the Community Health & Diseases in Thailand - FIELD EXPERIENCE scheduled 20 May to 3 June, 2018 After the Dean's warm welcome, Associate Professor Dr Mathuros Tipayamongkholgul, Deputy Dean for International Relations and Networking delivered an orientation to Mahidol University and introduced the Faculty of Public Health. After a group photo, Assistant Professor Dr Tassanee Silawan, Deputy Dean for Finance and Social Enterprise explained the program objectives. The course aims to provide an opportunity for the American students to 1) interact and engage with villagers, academic researchers, educators and community health workers striving to improve public health in Thailand in both urban and rural settings, 2) develop critical insights into global health issues within Thai and health care system contexts 3) compare and contextualize knowledge of public health systems in the US and Thailand and 4) engage in Thai culture through community homestays, translated exchanges and guided cultural excursions To round out the mornings' program, Dr Wiwat Rojanapithayakorn,ASEAN University Network (AUN-HPN), Director, Mahidol University, Global Health (MUGH) delivered a lecture on Health System and Health Determinants Finally after a Welcome Lunch the exchange students visited the Thai GPO to learn about pharmaceutical products and medical supplies and research and develop pharmaceutical products and medical supplies based on the needs of Thai society from Dr Nopporn Cheanklin, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) Managing Director. In addition to the field training and community survey to be conducted in Ratchaburi Province, the participants with visit a number of public health institutes and engage in many planned cross cultural events.