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Gender & Public Health in Ho Chi Minh City

  • City: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Term: Spring
  • Instruction in: English
  • Students interested in: Gender and Health; International Studies, Nursing, Public Health, Women’s Studies
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, this 3-week, 3-credit Maize Away gives students an opportunity to learn about critical public health issues in Vietnam, with reference to Southeast Asia and global development problems. Students will observe impacts of globalization on Vietnamese society and learn how the country is addressing poverty, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, and other emerging healthcare challenges. Students explore the impact of collaboration from foreign governments and non-governmental organizations, as Vietnam emerges from the post-war period. Students will also learn about some of the key health issues that Vietnamese women face and how gender roles affect women’s health in contemporary Vietnam. Reproductive health challenges and socioeconomic factors are explored, as well as sex work and its relationship to poverty, global inequality, employment opportunities, and gender roles and expectations. Sex work issues in Vietnam and neighboring countries are also compared.