The 12th edition of the Public Health Collaborative Course Harvard-Brazil takes place from the 6th to the 23rd of January, with theoretical classes, mentoring and group projects held at the Medical School of the Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), besides visits to hospitals, research institutions and non-governmental organizations, in the city of São Paulo.

The opening ceremony was held by Prof. Maria Castro, Coordinator of the Public Health Collaborative Course Harvard-Brazil and Head of the Global Health and Population Department of the Harvard University, Prof. Aluisio augusto Cotrim Segurado, Co-coordinator of the Collaborative Course’s activities and Titular Professor of the Infectious Diseases Department of FMUSP, Prof. Ester Cerdeira Sabino, Director of the Tropical Medicine Institute (IMT) of USP and Prof. Roger Chammas, Vice-Director of FMUSP, at the IMT auditorium.

Prof. Maria Castro said: “it is gratifying to see people transforming themselves and valuing to understand what happens in the field. The course has an aspect of empowering Brazilian students so they realize they are as capable as Harvard students”.

This year’s edition of the course had a record of Brazilian registered students, 150 applicants for 15 vacancies, and another 15 Harvard students, in graduation level, participated in this specialization course which has as main themes the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, arbovirus, leishmaniosis and child development. Prof. Ester Sabino declared: “the interaction among students is very interesting and those who come from abroad have the opportunity to understand the Unified Health System (SUS) and the researches made in Brazil”.

Other aspects of the Public Health Collaborative Course Harvard-Brazil highlighted by Prof. Marcia is “many of the proposals which come up end up being implemented, which is a chance to give visibility to what is being done in the cities and help formulate public policies”.