Public Health Internships in the Philippines
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Bogo City
- ROLE: To gain valuable working experience while learning about the public healthcare system in the Philippines
- Requirements: None
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Public healthcare centers
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Interning on the Public Health project in the Philippines with Projects Abroad is a great way to learn about the public healthcare system in a developing country firsthand and make a difference in the lives of local children and adults. Many adults and children in the Philippines often struggle to access healthcare and cannot afford treatment outside of the outreach program. Whether you are building a resume for medical school or looking to share your medical experience, you will be able to make a significant contribution to the program and gain experience in the field.
The Public Health project focuses on a healthy lifestyle program, which aims to reduce the amount of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the City of Bogo and other areas located north of Cebu.
According to the Department of Health in the Philippines, NCDs account for seven of the ten leading causes of death in the Philippines. NCDs, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, are often the result of poor nutrition, smoking, drug and alcohol abuse. As an intern, you will address these issues and assist with treating those with symptoms relating to NCDs.
Interning Abroad in Public Health in the Philippines
As a Public Health intern, you will work alongside a local healthcare professional who you will assist on project based activities.
One of your responsibilities will be to help conduct house-to-house surveys and screenings, such as checking the temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure, and Body Mass Index (BMI) of the families in the area you are working in. You will also test blood sugar or cholesterol levels.
Based on the data collected from the tests carried out, you and the other interns then help to tackle any issues in the findings by informing and educating each family visited about a healthy way forward relating to treating and preventing NCDs. You will also help provide them with workshops and distribute affordable eating plans to various health unites in Bogo.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Philippines Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
Interns on this project usually work from 8am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free to relax or travel. During your time abroad, you will live with a local Filipino host family, who will welcome you into their home and introduce you to the Filipino culture.
We would see up to 40 people, the doctor perhaps 100. Also on offer were some complimentary treatments, hair-cuts, an optician, a dentist, rabies jabs for dogs, nutrition for the young and old, seedlings and a visit from the local mayor! The atmosphere at the village centers was always buzzing, loud music, hundreds of people, tropical heat, a genuine welcome and grateful thanks! Read more...
Public Health internships in the Philippines are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveller you may want to consider our High School Special programs in the Philippines.