Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Nicholas Andreadis

Second Advisor

Jane Baas

Third Advisor

Peter Stockton


In the technology driven world that we live in today, a newspaper or access to a computer is all that is needed to see the diverse problems facing humanity as a whole. They can be seen from the slums of Rio de Janeiro to the war torn Middle East where religion is being used as a means to gain power. The complex causes underlying these, and many other issues have led to an increased occurrence of war, poverty, and violence. To seriously contemplate the present state of the world and the fact that more than seven billion other people occupy it leaves one feeling awed and slightly powerless. What can one individual among so many others do in response? That is up to you to decide.

While it is beyond the scope of this paper to address every one of these issues, it is my intent to discuss the medical systems at place in under resourced settings, specifically, in Honduras. I want to impress on you the weightiness of this topic; behind every one of the statistics, figures and stories that I will share are faces, faces of real people living in real places. All of those faces have lives, families, feelings and aspirations. It is not, nor will it ever be about the medical system in and of itself, but rather about the people whose lives will be affected by the system. My hope is that this paper helps to you to discover what your part is in leaving this world a better place once you have left it. That it would cause you to do something in your own way, whether great or small, to, as a great man once said, “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

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