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For York University student Andre Moura, completing a field placement in Costa Rica as part of his Global Health studies was an exciting opportunity to apply the lessons he had learned in the classroom. Even better: it confirmed his desire to help others and make a global impact.
“In a world that’s so full of conflict, problems and challenges, it’s important that communities have the capacity to ensure their own safety in health and wellbeing,” he says. “The reason why we were given this opportunity was because the goal of the entire program is to educate and train students so they can go into a real world placement and practise the theory in a practical way.”
Moura recently graduated from York’s Global Health degree (BA and BSc), which was launched in 2014. The program combines natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities to give students a comprehensive understanding of today’s health issues. Recognized by Maclean’s magazine as one of York’s “Standout Programs,” it’s also a Canadian first.
Students learn how trade, transportation, climate change, education, human conflict, immigration, food, economics, genetics, biology and more interact to influence health and health care across national borders. Its focus is on preparing the next generation of health leaders with the knowledge and skills to improve health for people worldwide by helping to create conditions that allow for greater health equity.
As part of his three-month placement, Moura worked at the Regional Toxicology Institute in Costa Rica, where he studied groundwater and its impact on agricultural communities. He also worked at Las Nubes, a permanent project at York’s EcoCampus that supports the improved socio-environmental well-being of a region in southern Costa Rica.
This article was originally featured in The National Post.
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York University student Andre Moura compled a field placement in Costa Rica as part of his Global Health studies.