FAQ

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Applicant Eligibility

  • Can I get school credit for the course? (e.g., MPH, MPVM)
    • Getting credit for this field course will depend on the graduate program and university you are attending, and will be your responsibility to pursue, should you so desire. Please check with your program directly to explore this as a possibility.
  • What backgrounds/disciplines will the course participants represent?
    • Rx One Health is open to all health disciplines, including human and animal medicine, public health, agriculture, environmental sciences, social sciences, and ecology and conservation professionals/students.
  • Can undergraduate students participate in the course?
    • This course is only open to graduate and professional students, as well as early career professionals already possessing advanced degrees.
  • In terms of faculty, who will accompany participants in the field?
    • RxOH is led by a group of faculty from UC Davis, Ifakara Health Institute, Sokoine University of Agriculture, and other institutions from across Tanzania.  Faculty leadership rotates during the four weeks of the course depending on topic or location, but there is always several faculty with the group. 

Pre-trip Planning

  • What does my course fee cover?
    • Course fees pay for instructional costs and learning supplies, inclusive of transportation and logistics during the course (not to and from), insurance, and permits.
  • How/when can I get a course itinerary?
    • A detailed four week course itinerary and curriculum is usually distributed a few weeks before the course begins. Bear in mind that FLEXIBILITY will be the name of the game during this immersion course, as each day may not go exactly as planned depending on local circumstances, opportunities, and challenges. The sample itinerary posted on the website is a good approximation of the locations and topics the course visits, but the order may be switched. 
  • Can we get a list of participants with contact information to facilitate communications before the course?
    • Yes! We will circulate a list with participant and faculty biographies before the course so that you have a chance to connect before starting the field course experience together, and you'll also get to virtually meet each other through several Zoom video preparatory sessions held in May and June. 
  • What immunizations or medications will I need to protect my health?
    • You should consult soon with your doctor or travel clinic to prepare for your travel to Tanzania. Malaria is a consideration and all travelers should be on prescribed antimalarial medications for the entire time they are in Tanzania. Yellow Fever (YF) vaccination guidance is complicated. At the very moment, the Gov’t of Tanzania doesn’t require Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination on arrival, if you travel from a country that doesn’t have a risk of YF, and you didn’t layover in a country with risk of YF for more than 12 hours. The Tanzanian Embassy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide useful guidance for travelers going to Tanzania on both YF as well as other vaccines to consider. Bottom line is that we HIGHLY recommend or REQUIRE you get a Yellow Fever vaccine, depending on your travel situation. Governments can change rules suddenly, your travel plans can change or you get delayed in a country with risk of YF, or you want to quick take a trip elsewhere, and wish you already had it. If you are already going to the travel clinic getting the YF vaccine often makes sense. If you have a medical exemption, there is specific paperwork for that, available on the CDC website. Right now, yellow fever vaccine is in short supply globally, so we strongly recommend you consult with your physician to obtain this vaccine as soon as possible. Other vaccinations and medications may also be recommended by your healthcare provider, such as Measles. Additionally you will need proof of a current Rabies vaccination or documentation of a protective titer to participate in certain animal handling activities.
  • What travel documents will I need for entry into Tanzania?
    • Most non-citizens of Tanzania will require a visa for entry.  Once admitted to the course, organizers will be in touch with you regarding the visa application process.  Every participant who needs a visa will be given a visa invitation letter, and then you can apply for a visa online.   Cost has been $100 USD for citizens and $50 for non-U.S. citizens. In addition to visas, a passport valid for six months beyond date of entry with at least one blank page is required for entry.
  • What pre-trip safety training and group meeting are required?
    • Typically two Skype or Zoom virtual group meetings are planned for all participants to discuss course logistics and ask questions about planning for their trip.
    • There is also a required safety training that involves two virtual Skype/Zoom meetings and a series of small reading assignments with quizzes you are required to complete in advance of the course. 
  • What travel insurance is available for participants? 
    • UC Students
      • All UC students receive UC travel insurance by registering their trip. More information will be provided by e-mail and at the mandatory Safety Orientation conducted by the Office for Global Programs
    • US Residents (but non-UC Students)
      • US residents are considered ‘UC Affiliates’ (through enrollment in the Rx One Health Course) and are eligible for UC travel benefits free of charge. In order to obtain UC travel insurance, US course participants must register their trip at: https://ehs.ucop.edu/away/#/
    • Non-US Residents
      • For Non-US Residents, emergency medical and medical evacuation insurance will be provided by the Rx One Health course fees for the duration of the course. Confirmation of your coverage will be provided.
    • Participants should also check if their own health insurance applies overseas and/or whether they are eligible for travel coverage from their home institution
    • Please Note: General Liability Insurance is automatically provided for all course participants.

COURSE LOGISTICS

  • When will participants need to be in-country? What happens when participants arrive in Tanzania?
    • Participants will need to be in Dar es Salaam by Sunday, June 28. Once participants arrive at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, they will connect with faculty/course representatives who will help make sure you arrive at the course hotel in Dar. Starting on June 29, after convening as a whole, participants will be “on the move” to continue the program throughout Tanzania. At the end of the course, activities will finish mid afternoon on Friday July 24 to travel home or travel further per their own plans and support (leaving Tanzania July 24 at night or on Saturday July 25).
  • What might a typical day look like?
    • Days will be varied and diverse, so come prepared for a dynamic experience. Participants can expect both formal and informal lectures, group discussions, team-based activities, problem solving exercises, field and laboratory work, and interactions with local individuals (including local experts, community members, and stakeholders). In addition, participants will have opportunities to experience the local culture (dancing, dining), to view African wildlife, and to socialize with colleagues. Days will be long and action-packed, with very little “down” time! A packing list will be provided to participants in May.
  • What hands-on experiences will be involved?
    • The predominant livestock species will include cattle, goats, and chickens, and we will be working at landscape interfaces where communities, livestock, and wildlife interact near national parks and wildlife management areas. The faculty will provide insights and information on locally relevant and timely One Health issues affecting livestock, wildlife, the people who depend on them, and their shared environments. For example, we will consider infectious diseases like tuberculosis, brucellosis, influenza, and Rift Valley fever, in addition to other health issues that affect human and animal health, as well as productivity (including mastitis, antimicrobial resistance, wildlife conflict, climate change, and food security) and conservation.
  • Where will we be staying and what can we expect in terms of meals, internet, cellular phone coverage, etc.?
    • Accommodations will be secure (although no location can be guaranteed 100% safe from theft, so participants will be expected to practice vigilance and foresight with regard to their belongings), and will vary, from modest hotels in cities, to lodges in rural settings, to tents or tent cabins in more remote settings.
    • Toilet facilities will vary from flush toilets and hot water, to pit latrines and no showers.
    • Potable drinking water and prepared meals will be available throughout the trip. Please notify us of any diet restrictions you have as soon as possible so the meals can be accommodated according to your needs.
    • Internet (of variable access speed) will be available at most but not all venues, intermittent access should be expected.
    • Cellular phone coverage is good, but participants will need to purchase their own international plans or SIM cards for installing in their unlocked phones.
    • A packing list will be provided to all participants in May.
  • What laundry facilities will be available in-country?
    • Please bring laundry detergent for hand washing your essentials. Laundry services may be available at one or two locations.
  • Should we be prepared to carry money in-country?
    • A limited amount of US currency is suggested to be carried in case of emergency. Having an ATM card for withdrawal of limited local currency for personal use (souvenirs, optional tips) is recommended. All essentials are covered while you are on the course, but you may want a small amount of local currency (TZ shillings) for things like souvenirs, drinks, or extra snacks. 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

http://tanzaniaembassy-us.org/?page_id=76
ttps://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/tanzania.html

POINTS OF CONTACT

Dr. Jennifer Lane

One Health Institute, University of California, Davis

rxonehealth@ucdavis.edu