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  • Locations: Macha, Zambia
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Restrictions: MU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
BIOL 218 collageBIOL 218 Course (May 2021) 

The BIOL 218 course “Healthcare in the Developing World” is offered on a research compound in a rural African community that surrounds the Macha Mission Hospital in Zambia.  We will discuss differences in how people in the developing world access healthcare in comparison to what is customary for people living in developed countries; discussions will be reinforced by observations in the Macha Mission hospital and surrounding rural healthcare facilities.  The course will allow you to understand common diseases and disease patterns affecting the developing world, as exemplified by experiences of people living in the Southern Province of Zambia.  You will develop an understanding of local cultural practices and customs, and how these relate to health and healthcare.  We hope that your studies and experiences will result in a greater empathy and compassion for people living in the developing world.
Estimated Course Fee: $4000

Contact Larry Mylin if you have any questions.

Faculty Biographies:

Dr. Larry Mylin (PhD) is a Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences.  He routinely teaches courses for majors: Genetics and Development (BIOL 260), Microbiology (BIOL 382/381), Molecular Biology (BIOL 413), and Immunology (BIOL 418).  He is active in research that seeks to understand how cellular immunity can control cancers, and in developing new methods for laboratory propagation of the causative agent of severe malaria.  He spent a recent sabbatical doing malaria research at Macha, and enjoys spending May terms in Macha co-teaching the BIOL 218 course “Healthcare in the Developing World” (with Dr. Phil Thuma) or the IDCC 206 Zambia Cross Cultural trip (with Dr. Wanda Thuma-McDermond), so he has become familiar with the people and customs of Macha.

Dr. Phil Thuma (MD) is a Pediatrician and the Senior Scientific Advisor for the Macha Research Trust/ Malaria Institute at Macha.  Dr. Thuma was raised at Macha where his father, also a physician, established the current 200+ bed mission hospital.  Dr. Thuma is fluent in the local language and his service and accomplishments are appreciated and respected in the local community and church, the international research community and the Zambian government.  He lives in Macha half of the year and divides his time between overseeing MRT research that addresses problems of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and serving as a physician in the Macha Mission Hospital.  Dr. Thuma initially taught BIOL 218 as a January term course on the Grantham campus while serving as college physician and adjunct faculty member; the course has been offered at Macha since 2005.


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