Program Details

The coursework in the Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment program combines topical seminars and discussions with field-based learning around the themes of public health and community welfare. These themes are divided into
Location:
Arica, Chile
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Gain unique insight and exposure to health care policies, politics, and delivery methods in a multicultural and rapidly changing region of South America. Central to the program is an analysis of health reform intended primarily to improve health conditions of disadvantaged groups, particularly those in Chile, while also improving health care access for the population at large. Students carefully examine intercultural health and alternative healthcare practices in the context of Chile as well as southern Peru. Students consider different conceptions of wellness and healing, including beliefs and health practices of the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous groups. The program gives students the opportunity to experience Chile's health system firsthand with guided, insightful visits to public and private health centers.

The coursework in the Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment program combines topical seminars and discussions with field-based learning around the themes of public health and community welfare. These themes are divided into modules so that students can contextualize the Chilean reality, taking into account historical elements, current realities and emerging trends. Theoretical perspectives are provided through interdisciplinary seminars and are reinforced through the Spanish language classes. Subsequently, educational excursions and community work experiences complement classroom work and provide opportunities for critical reflection around programmatic themes.

Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.

Setting Description:
Based in Chile's northern-most city of Arica, students in the SIT Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment program examine theoretical and existing approaches to health care delivery in diverse communities across Chile, including in urban and rural areas. Through interdisciplinary coursework, field study, and meaningful site visits to public health centers, students scrutinize both "modern" and traditional medicine practices and delivery methods.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Please see our website for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.6

Based on 5 Reviews

  • An experience to remember in Chile
    4.0
    01/10/20

    I had a great time in Arica, Chile with SIT. The guest lecturers were interesting, there were a variety of topics covered and the trips we took were very fun! We went to different health centers, practiced my Spanish, and learned about health in the indigenous

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Wonderful Program with Great Opportunities
    5.0
    03/03/18

    This program provided many opportunities that would never have been possible alone. We were able to meet people and go to places that aren't accessible to your typical tourist, making the program feel very worthwhile. Another wonderful aspect of the program

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Study Abroad Experience in Arica, Chile
    5.0
    02/27/18

    My study abroad experience in Chile was overall, an amazing experience. The majority of our time was spent in the northernmost city of Arica with its unique geography of being both beach and dessert. Arica is a nice-sized city with plenty to do for fun.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Experience in Chilean Traditional Medicine
    4.0
    10/29/17

    I enjoyed the variety of experiences I had doing this program. We took several trips so we got to see a good portion of the country. The host families were all nice and wanted to help their students and have them be involved with family activities. It

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A great experience!
    5.0
    02/14/17

    My semester in Chile was a really unique time that I now look back on and still am able to laugh at and be in awe of. The program is organized in a way that allows you to see travel around Chile and really get a sense of the country as a whole. I stayed

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend