The proposed Master of Science in Health and Poverty (MHP) focuses primarily on populations such as migrants, refugees, and the marginalized. The program combines health issues and policies, health economics, and physical and psychological trauma, with the cultural and communicative competencies necessary to deal with these at risk population.
The innovative curriculum of the proposed MHP considers the components described above from four different approaches: the macro, the subjective, the communicative and the intentional that stand like four pillars around the central issue of health and poverty.
The Four Approaches
In fields such as Epidemiology, Statistics, Economy, the macro approach objectifies the patient by reading and/or interpreting his/her human life in statistical variables of population studies.
In fields such as Cultural Anthropology, Psychology, Spirituality, the subjective approach, notwithstanding the causes of illness, looks at it as a unique and traumatic experience linked to the culture, the psychology and spirituality of each individual.
In fields such as Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics, the communicative approach takes into consideration the social, ethnic and cultural diversities and compels the health worker to improve his/her skills of Cultural and Communicative Competence.
In fields such as Politics, Ethics, Human Rights Studies, the intentional approach studies the political ideology behind the public and private actions taken to help the poor and marginalized.
The end result will be graduates who will attain realistic perspectives for transforming the current health policies and practices, sensitize health institutions to cultural diversity, stigma and trauma, avoiding the stereotypes related to poverty and migration, and meet the needs of the sick and the poor, migrants, and the marginalized through a deeper understanding of the individual and the collective factors affecting their lives.