Student research is a key component of RPHC’s vision.
RPHC Executive Committee members and the Interfaith Health Program co-teach a course in Religion, Health, and Development in collaboration with St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya. Students travel to Kenya with Emory faculty for 10 weeks to participate in this unique coursework and an affiliated field experience in organizations that help provide a framework for public health services to Kenyan communities. Students begin the program with a one-week course on the cultural history of Kenya and the African context. Students then participate in a field experience for eight weeks. The final week of the program is spent at St. Paul’s University for a final week of coursework.
This past summer, two students worked with the team in the Mukuru settlement in Nairobi, transforming extensive religious health asset mapping data into a social networking constellation. Three students worked in the Lea Toto HIV Primary Care Program where HIV primary care is given to over 3,500 children who live in informal settlements in Nairobi. Three students worked in the Nyumbani Village, a program that provides a home and family-like setting to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and places them under the care of elderly adults who lost their children to HIV/AIDS. The Nyumbani Village hopes to create new blended families that foster healing, hope, and opportunity through group homes and community service. For more information, please visit the following websites: