Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America (2013-2014)

This project team built on the previous year's pilot program to provide students with greater experience and skills in the design, implementation, analysis and communication of environmental health research in low- and middle-income countries. Team members received training in vulnerability, demography, human health and land use/cover change analysis (LUCC) as well as hydrology and biogeochemical cycling.

A joint training program in November 2013 consisted of orientation and team-building exercises, didactic teaching by faculty team leaders, skills-based training for data collection and management, laboratory and quantitative training and cultural sensitivity and language training.



Team Outcomes

Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America (poster by Lauren Wyatt, Sarah Diringer, Christina Chao, Dominic Lucero, Josh Latner, Priyanka Krishnan and Laura Rogers)


An Eye-opening Experience at CUGH 2014 (Sofia Stafford)

Struggle in the Jungle (Christina Chao)

Perceptions and Realities of Field Research: This Is My Story (Laura Rogers)

This Team in the News

Dominic Lucero: My Bass Connections Pathway

Bass Connections was a really good way to participate in a larger research project that gave me more data to work with, and more flexibility and options. The project influenced my thesis, which in turn affected the type of job I’m qualified for. It’s been very helpful to allow me to develop research skills and work with diverse partners in the field. —Dominic Lucero

See related team, Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America (2014-2015).


Faculty/Staff Team Members

Beth Feingold, Nicholas School of the Environment
Heileen Hsu-Kim, Pratt School of Engineering-Civil & Environmental Engineering*
Marco Marani, Nicholas School of the Environment-Earth and Ocean Sciences*
Ernesto Ortiz, Duke Global Health Institute
William Pan, Nicholas School of the Environment-Environmental Sciences and Policy*
Jennifer Swenson, Nicholas School of the Environment-Environmental Sciences and Policy

Graduate Team Members

Christina Chao, Global Health - MS
Sarah Diringer, Civil & Environmental Engg-MS

Undergraduate Team Members

Joshua Latner, Biology (BS), Statistical Science (AB2)
Laura Rogers, Environmental Sci/Policy (AB)
Sofia Stafford, Cultural Anthropology (AB), Global Health (AB2)

Community Team Members

Peru Ministry of Health
US Naval Medical Research Unit-6 (NAMRU-6)

* denotes team leader


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