Introduction to Health Research in Rural Honduras

Students learn how to use data and community mobilization to create community action plans that improve health outcomes in rural Honduras.

Our bilingual, on-the-ground public health technicians guide students and partner community’s Basic Sanitation Committee (BSC) through the UNDP’s Healthy Schools and Households program, to identify health challenges, assess market demand for in-home infrastructure solutions, and ultimately build a Community Health Action Plan. The curriculum immerses students in the program methodology of global public health intervention: community selection, community health worker interviews, asset mapping, needs assessments, and monitoring & evaluation practices.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.



Customize your Public Health TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:

Module 1: Organizational Overview

Class learns about Global Brigades integrated community development model and nuances of its public health program. Self-guided activity: Review UN Healthy Schools and Households Manual.

Module 2: Honduras Health System

Coordinator introduces students to the context of the Honduras Health System and challenges in the country. Self-paced activity: Review questions and reflections.

Module 3: Monitoring & Evaluation

Class learns about the importance of monitoring & evaluation and Global Brigades’ practices. Self-paced activity: Introduction to data collection methods such as the KokoToolbox.

Module 4: Community Selection

A simulation on how GB chooses communities and presentation on the specific communities the students will be working in. Self-paced activity: Practice self-introduction statements in Spanish to prepare for meeting with Basic Sanitation Committee.

Module 5: Baseline Data

Review existing baseline data on the partner community such as community profile, rapid needs assessment, and past medical patient trends. Self-paced activity: Prepare a qualitative interview for the Basic Sanitation Committee.

Module 6: First Interview with the Basic Sanitation Committee (BSC)

Meet members of the BSC to discuss community health challenges and create a “problem tree”. Self-guided activity: Class compiles, reviews, and analyzes data from BSC interview.

Module 7: Community Health Action Plan

Review household survey data collected by the BSC and local GB teams, conduct Q&A, and establish next steps in drafting the Community Public Health Action Plan. Self-guided activity: Based on data, class will identify and discuss potential health challenges to prioritize them for the Action Plan.

Module 8: Women’s Health in Honduras

Review and analyze women’s health issues and trends in the communities. Self-paced activity: Review questions and reflections.

Module 9: Mental Health in Honduras

A discussion of the mental health system and its stigma in Honduras. Self-paced activity: Watch a video about the Social Determinants of Health, then consider what the social determinants of health are in your life and complete a worksheet.

Module 10: Working Session 1 – Finalize Priority Health Challenges

Class presents analysis for coordinator feedback and finalizes priority of health challenges to develop proposed solutions. Self-guided activity: Class prepares draft action plan based on prioritized health challenges. Research and select potential public health infrastructure solutions.

Module 11: Working Session 2

Class presents preliminary market analysis draft of health infrastructure needs. Self-guided activity: Continue drafting Community Health Action Plan with clear steps, timeline and budget.

Module 12: Working Session 3

Present draft Community Health Action Plan to GB public health director for final feedback and practice presentation. Self-guided activity: Class revises plan based on staff feedback. Begin developing sales and marketing plan for technicians to sell public health infrastructure products.

Module 13: Community Presentation

Present plan to Basic Sanitation Committee leaders for feedback and work with them to develop timeline of implementation. Self-guided activity: Class edits action plan based on community feedback, finalizes the marketing plan for public health infrastructure projects and content for technicians.

Module 14: Project Implementation Plan & Next Steps

Submit finalized action plan and marketing plan. Learn how the plan will be implemented. Self-guided activity: Procure cooking materials for cultural activity.

Module 15: Final Reflections & Cultural Activity

Class prepares a local Honduran dish and reflects on the overall experience.

Module 16: Progress Report (optional live or recorded session)

GB Coordinator and BSC provide progress report on implementation of the action plan. Opportunity to meet with the BSC again to share their feedback on how the project is going.


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