Degree Granting Department
Nancy Romero-Daza, Ph.D.
Kevin Yelvington, Ph.D.
Heide Castañeda, Ph.D.
health, medical migration, policy, education, Ecuador
Despite an increase in the number of Ecuadorian medical professionals, health outcomes in rural areas of the country have steadily declined over the past decade. Using a political economic framework and data collected from interviews with Ecuadorian doctors, government officials, policy makers, and local rural populations, this thesis investigates how the interplay among medical migration, educational structures, and public health policy contributes to growing health disparities between urban and rural dwellers. Addressing each of these factors both individually and collectively, this thesis also outlines a series of policy recommendations that will allow the Ecuadorian healthcare system to better meet the needs of its rural population.
Scholar Commons Citation
Harris, Lauren, "Migration, Education, and Health Policy: A Closer Look into the Reasons Behind Poor Health Outcomes in Rural Ecuador" (2010). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.