Date of Award
Master of Public Health
Social and Behavioral Health
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Draluck, Emma Karin, "Secondary Analysis of Morbidity Data from a Rural Haitian Village." (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1561.