In collaboration with the University of Miami (UM) and other partners, this project affords Miami-based students the opportunity to complement their academic training with real-world opportunities in population, health and environment (PHE) issues. The project will advance talent, opportunity and engagement by:
- pioneering the first PHE integrated program of its kind in the country and leveraging it to directly serve and inform the Greater Miami community;
- exposing students and the Miami community to experts and thought leaders from the US and around the world, and to potential partnering universities including, for example, Brown, Duke and Yale Universities, University of California Berkeley, Michigan State University, etc.
- implementing a Miami-relevant pilot program that provides opportunities for formal academic and debate exchanges and co-learning on PHE evidence base and best practices, skills development, networking, contacts, and policy/advocacy involvement for students to be engaged on PHE issues;
- providing concrete opportunities for students to enhance their current academic work on PHE and take the "next steps" beyond their academic studies on the issues, to include cutting-edge PHE curriculum, modules, materials, paid internships/fellowships both locally and in-country at developing nation sites, social media and publishing opportunities, applied research, participation in policy and advocacy.
- helping students apply their skills locally and address the biggest challenges facing Greater Miami including clean air and water, transport issues, climate change impacts on the Miami shoreline, population growth impacts and health linkages, and at the same time providing real civic involvement and contributions and paid employment options in and around Miami and beyond, for undergraduates, postgraduates and graduates.