As an undergraduate Daniel Desautels, majored in microbiology and life sciences communication with a certificate in global health.
Where: He traveled to Mexico City during the summer of 2014 with the “Linking Agriculture and Nutrition in Mexico” field course. The course was based at The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center known as CIMMYT. Throughout his week in Mexico City, Desautels was able to discuss social and cultural aspects of nutrition and food with scientists, nutritionists and family farmers.
Personal Reflection: “My experience in Mexico has made me much more aware of how culture affects every aspect of our lives, especially nutrition and health. Cultures and customs surrounding food, especially corn products, are strong in Mexico and slow to change. Understanding health within its cultural context and global context is especially important in influencing health in a target population.”
Advice: “Global health is linked to almost any study or profession you can think of — you just need to go out into the world and figure out how.”
By Olivia Riedel / October 29, 2015