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Lineville, Alabama


Field Experience in Meeting Basic Health and Human Needs


APPLICATION deadline is March 15, 2015

PH 41092: Undergraduate; EPI 60195 Graduate

The Basic Needs class is offered every summer semester in Lineville, Alabama in cooperation with SIFAT (Servants in Faith and Technology) and the University of Alabama. Summer Intersession (2 weeks) from Mid - late May, 2015

Acquire valuable practical skills for solving some of the greatest global public health challenges of today

The Course Structure:

This course aims to train participants in practical hands-on skills in simple, affordable appropriate Global Collegestechnologies that can offer solutions for meeting basic health and human needs in the developing world at the household and community levels. Practical skills and technologies are organized into four modules: 1) agriculture, nutrition, food storage & preservation; 2) appropriate technologies for clean water and sanitation; 3) alternative household energy; and 4) microenterprise and community development.  All four modules cover appropriate technologies that while meeting the basic needs have significant impact on health of the individuals and communities. Principles of participatory community development and sensitivity to cross-cultural, gender, and ecological issues will be emphasized throughout the training. This course is taught by 7-8 faculty with the background, expertise and years of practical experience in resource limited settings.
Learn and share experience with global colleagues

Course Content

In order to sign up for the course, a student needs to fill out the application and gain approval. The deadline Working togetheris March 15, 2015 for application.

Working together is key to saving lives

Killer in the Kitchen—Indoor Smoke The basic act of cooking meals kills 1,600,000 men, women and children every year globally.

 Clean water


Access to Clean Water

1,110,000,000 people globally do not have access to clean water.cookstove

Learn to build improved cookstoves, save lives!  

Learn to provide clean water at the household and county level

Access to Basic SanitationClean water

2,600,000,000 people globally do not have access to a toilet.

The lack of clean water and basic sanitation kills 1,600,000 children under five years of age every year



Hunger & Malnutrition

 An estimated  925,000,000 people in the world are undernourished. One in three children is affected by malnutrition in developing countries. Poor nutrition contributes to over 5,000,000 child deaths every year globally.Hunger



Learn to utilize locally available plants to improve nutrition

Class Location:

SIFAT International Training Campus, 2944 County Road 113, Lineville, AL  36266, (256) 396-2015

This trip is open to all majors but preference is given to Public Health students. Deadline for the May trip is in March each year so apply early!

Receive more information, costs and application by contacting:

Madhav P. Bhatta, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

College of Public Health