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). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.