Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

4845

Date

2016

Date of Award

11-28-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Major

Public Health

Concentration

Social and Behavioral Health

Committee Chair

Debra Bartelli

Committee Member

Matthew Smeltzer

Committee Member

Marian Levy

Abstract

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with most of the population surviving on $1 per day. Health outcomes among Haitians are poor, with a life expectancy 16 years less than the US. The majority of health research in Haiti has been narrow, focusing on specific issues like tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, maternal health, and cholera. Unfortunately, this has resulted an incomplete understanding of health in Haiti. This study aims to fill this gap by describing the most common health complaints, how they differ by age, sex, and temporality, and if there are associations between these health issues and environmental factors. Secondary data analysis of nearly 1,200 patient reveal a high prevalence of abdominal pain, headache, fever, and hypertension. Diagnoses are likely associated with inadequate access to clean water, sanitation systems, and basic health resources. Findings from this study have great applied value, helping to aptly prepare future medical endeavors.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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