This program satisfies Experiential Education (EE) for those in the Making Connections curriculum and HI-ABROAD for those in IDEAs in Action.

SPHG 429H: Public Health, Entrepreneurship, and Food Systems in Southeast Asia (3 credits)

Dr. Alice Ammerman and Dane Emmerling

Through readings, lectures, guest lectures, and site visits, students will learn about the unique food systems-related public health challenges in both urban and rural Thailand. The faculty will guide learning about the basics of social entrepreneurship as well as community-engaged service learning. At the core of this course is a real-world project where students will work in groups with community partners to gain a deeper understanding of what is behind food systems challenges. They will work together to design innovative entrepreneurial solutions, rapidly refining their ideas throughout the course and pitching it to experienced entrepreneurs and practitioners for feedback.

Through the course, students will:

  • Understand the foundational concepts of social enterprise and social innovation applied to a public health problem
  • Investigate these concepts in the Southeast Asian context
  • Identify and analyze social and environmental problems; apply the tools of social innovation and social enterprise in considering solutions
  • Understand the policies and economics of public health entrepreneurship abroad
  • Use guest speakers and site visits to understand and build social business models
  • Establish vibrant relationships with community-based partners and cohort peers

Fulfills the Public Health Track requirement for the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship.