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  • Locations: *Any, -; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: Global Health Program Type of Program: Internship
Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese, Spanish Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
Time Away: Summer Duration of Program: Summer
Program Description:

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (remote)
Duration: 8-12 weeks
Number of Positions: 2

About: The Institute of Social Medicine of the State University of Rio de Janeiro was created in the late 1960s by a group of professors from the Faculty of Medical Sciences who realized the need to deepen and systematize reflections on health issues. Since its foundation, ISM has been characterized by interdisciplinary, critical spirit, commitment to the Brazilian social reality and respect for the free debate of ideas. The Institute is one of the main institutions involved with the creation of the Brazilian free and universal healthcare system, and its professors work with scholars all around the world.

Intern Responsibilities: There are six potential focus areas for a student intern.
FOCUS AREA #1 –Development of a generalizable methodology to estimate medical education costs
A preliminary literature review found that almost no research has been undertaken to support the political and financial decision-making process for the opening and maintenance of medical schools and that there is no agreed or applicable methodology for the estimation of medical education costs. Therefore, the development of a generalizable methodology capable of evaluating the costs incurred by medical education institutions in the higher education sector will contribute to the planning and quality assurance process of such training, both in Brazil and in other countries, as well as to efforts to achieve the universal health coverage and access goals of the health systems.

Interns will be tasked with: 
• Contributing to the bibliographic review and analysis of publications on health professional education costs (other than medicine)
• Participating in an analysis of medical courses' political-pedagogical programs
• Contributing to the development of the database and computer models
Qualifications: Interest, abilities and fundamental skills in the qualitative and quantitative methods of public health research. Good communication, problem-solving skills, teamwork, and ability to work with objective focus, organize the agenda and plan tasks according to deadlines.
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FOCUS AREA #2 – Research on the Design, Reform and Implementation of Health Practitioner Regulation across Countries
This project aims to inform the planned global guidance on health practitioner regulation through:
• Collation, analysis and synthesis of evidence on the diversity of health practitioner regulatory systems across geographic, linguistic and economic systems; challenges; recent reforms, initiatives and innovations; and analysis of evidence of impact on health system objectives
• Critical interpretation of the evidence to provide recommendations on key considerations, common principles, and core elements for the design, strengthening and implementation of health practitioner regulation

Interns will tasked with:​
• Contributing to the qualitative or mixed-method global systematic review, including review and collection of published, unpublished and legal documents, and the evaluation of the relevance of findings, to inform the overall objective of the project
• Contributing to input in writing country examples that examine the alignment of policy with practice, including focus on low- and middle- income countries, that build on collected literature
• Contributing to prepare synthesis report based on the review, as well as to the repository of relevant reference materials, including relevant statutes and legislative acts
Qualifications: Interest, abilities and fundamental skills in the qualitative and quantitative methods of public health research. Good communication, problem-solving skills, teamwork, and ability to work with objective focus, organize the agenda and plan tasks according to deadlines.
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FOCUS AREA #3 – Epidemiological impact and the intersection of the COVID-19 and tuberculosis
Understanding the impact of COVID-19 and related response measures on the epidemiology and provision of healthcare services for TB, and developing innovative and pragmatic solutions to overcome adverse consequences is of utmost importance in the BRICS countries, where TB accounted for an estimated 569,000 deaths in 2019, a number that could rise substantially during and after the concurrent COVID-19 pandemics. Conversely, an improved understanding effect of TB on patient-level COVID-19 outcomes (morbidity and mortality) is also important in order to inform and individualize patient care. This will be a collaborative project across 4 BRICS countries: South Africa, Brazil, India, and Russia, with a concurrent and extraordinary burden of both COVID- 19 and TB. As the COVID-19 epidemic escalates in these four countries, understanding SARS-CoV-2 and TB interaction is essential to reduce short- and long-term morbidity and mortality. Across this unique multi-country platform, this team has developed an innovative approach to understanding the interplays between COVID-19 and TB at the epidemiological, health services and individual clinical and socio- behavioral level. In addition, this team will investigate mitigation strategies to address this impact.
This focus area includes the following four objectives:
  1. Systematically estimate the impact of COVID-19 and response measures on the TB care cascade
  2. Systematically estimate the impact of COVID-19 and response measures on the M.tb population, and individual patient outcomes
  3. Using a mixed-methods approach, identify a set of key measures to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 response in order to speed the recovery of TB services, which can mitigate setbacks in the fight against TB
  4. Using innovative mathematical modeling approaches to estimate the effects of COVID- 19 on population-level TB incidence and mortality in the 4 countries and measure the public health impact of interventions to mitigate these effects
There will be collaboration with national TB programs, other government partners, civil society, patient advocacy groups, industry, and academic groups. The expectation is to deliver, besides scientific papers, significant human capacity building, scientific exchange, and a comprehensive report to guide decision-makers towards mitigation of the consequences of the intersecting TB and COVID-19 pandemics. This project is strengthened by the uniquely strong collaboration between TB programs, academics, and civil society, with the participation of national TB programs already ensured in the project's design.

Interns will tasked with: national databank cleaning and cross-linkage for objective 1 and interviews (in Portuguese) for objective 2.

Qualifications: interest in databank/big data analysis for objective 1, Portuguese speaking for Objective 2.

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FOCUS AREA #4 – Topics in Brazilian scholarship on gender and sexuality, at the Latin American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights (CLAM/IMS/UERJ)
This internship provides an opportunity for a guided exploration of issues of feminism, gender, intersectionality, sexuality and body politics, gender in science and medicine, digital feminism, and sexuality and the internet, as addressed in Brazilian Humanities and Social Science scholarship. Interns will review literature and other sources and interview local emerging scholars on a subject of their choice within that scope. Intern will be assigned a CLAM faculty supervisor who, at weekly meetings, will guide the choice and narrowing of issues, suggest relevant sources, and review reports. Intern is expected to submit short articles, interviews, reviews or reports that will be evaluated for publication on CLAM’s website in either English, Portuguese or Spanish.
Interns will be tasked with:
• Bibliographic research and literature review of Brazilian sources;
• One or more interview with emerging Brazilian scholars;
• Submission of one or more pieces for publication on CLAM’s website.
Qualifications: Must be humanities or social science major and have gender and sexuality background or strong interest. Preference for those who are fluent in Portuguese or Spanish. Strong writing skills are also preferred. Note that lack of reading skills in Portuguese or Spanish will restrict the intern’s access to local sources. Basic training on the above subject areas will not be provided but is assumed as part of the trainee’s previously acquired skill set.

FOCUS AREA #5 – Cross‑Country Comparisons of Covid‑19 responses: What can we learn from that?
The outbreak (COVID-19) in 2020 has affected most countries globally, promoting a wide range of responses from governments. The impact of the pandemic has varied a lot between countries. The standard measures of the efficacy of a country’s response are the contagion curve and the number of deaths from the disease. Nonetheless, one can add a different set of indicators to understand better how countries’ strategies are being successful or not in controlling the spread of the disease and preventing deaths.
This project aims to map out these aspects and compare them to analyze factors that may impact how people experience and deal with top-down public policies in a pandemic time, especially now that countries face the challenge of dealing with long-term restriction measures or easing them. This ongoing project proposes comparative research on covid- 19 responses taking a set of countries as examples: Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, and the US. This project will be investigating the following: 1) The impact of the structure of the health system in each country and how it impacts the efficacy of the responses; 2) Which kinds of values, conceptions, and representations of health and disease, wellbeing and the experience of being at risk influence people’s daily experiences; and how it unfolds different ways of embedding covid-19 measures in practical life; 3) The emergence of mutual aid groups to support other people in various needs that came up during covid times, such as mental health supporters, solidarity-based networks, online social networks. The intent is to publish different papers in journals in the field of Global Health and Public Health. The student will be involved in quantitative data analysis with the research group.
Interns will be tasked with:
• Taking part in research groups, meetings, reading groups;
• Having a proactive role in the project, suggesting ideas, new methodological pathways, and collecting data.
Qualifications: an enthusiastic and highly committed student who will be able to work independently and collaboratively with the research team. A conceptual and analytical background in sociological, anthropological, political sciences, history of sciences, science and technology studies or alike and a background in qualitative methods. Previous experience or interest in the inequalities in health and having a basic knowledge of health is preferred. Spanish or Portuguese reading skills is also preferred.
FOCUS AREA #6 – Drug trajectories: Mapping out the area of drug studies
Since the 1980s, the broad and diverse study of pharmaceuticals has gained notable impetus and inspiration from the social sciences and the humanities, including such disciplines as anthropology, economics, sociology, history, psychology, and social studies of science and technology. Scholars have moved beyond understanding the mechanisms of pharmacological action to include the web of meanings surrounding particular uses of prescription drugs, prevailing understandings of health and disease in different socio-historical contexts, and the values of drug consumption, use, and exchange.
Since drugs do not produce universal biological effects, such concepts as addiction, efficacy, side-effects, (non)compliance, misuse, and rational use cannot be detached from the “set” and the “setting” of the drug experience. Pharmaceuticals are thus a particularly fitting object of study to elucidate the relationships between body, society, and culture. Such studies can prompt reflections about macroscopic issues like national or international health policies and social security systems, as well as investigations about conceptions of risk, wellbeing, mind/body balance, (il)legitimate suffering, vulnerability, prevention, and treatment in specific social environments.
The project “Drug Trajectories: Interviews with Researchers from the Anthropology, History, and Sociology of Pharmaceuticals” started in 2019. The first batch of interviews has already started to be launched online. The “Drug Trajectories” website is an essential part of this project. Through this platform, the project results are released. They include printed extracts in scholarly journals and edited videos. Portuguese and English book compilations of the full-length interviews are also forthcoming. The “Drug Trajectories” project continues to identify new subjects and to conduct new interviews. As the world copes with and adapts to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to re-examine the role and the understanding of pharmaceuticals in diverse systems of belief, in our everyday lives, and as part of our desires for the future.
Interns will be tasked with:
• Having a proactive role in the project, suggesting ideas and collecting data
• Website management
• Promoting the website in the academic-related environment using social media tools;
• Content writing (supervised by the PI);
Qualifications: A highly committed student with a conceptual and analytical background in sociological, anthropological, political sciences, history of sciences, or science and technology studies. Basic knowledge of health. Should be interested in and able to use social media tools for knowledge sharing. Has a background in qualitative methods and excellent level of English writing skills. Preferred skills include: an interest in drug studies or drug policies and to be able to write in Portuguese or Spanish;

Travel Notice: It is not yet certain whether summer 2021 internships will be on-site or virtual.  If health and safety conditions improve, it is possible that some internships may be on-site. CHW will make final determinations on the travel status of each internship in consultation with Princeton University officials, host organizations, and selected interns by spring 2021.

Funding: If travel to the internship site is permitted, CHW will cover all expenses for airfare, housing, food, local transportation, and incidentals.  If an intern chooses to stay home, or if travel is not permitted, CHW will provide a $1,500 stipend to remote interns. 


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