- Washington, United States; Brasilia, Brazil; Multi-Country Programs, Multi-Country Programs; Chennai, India; Cape Town, South Africa
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Investigate how communities can ensure the health and well-being of all citizens amid mounting challenges created by changing economic, environmental, and social forces.
The program takes a holistic, interdisciplinary view of academic topics, drawing not only on articles and faculty lectures, but also student observations, guest lectures, and homestay interviews to facilitate learning. Assignments typically involve written essays, oral presentations, and more creative projects such as posters and photo stories.
SIT Study Abroad program fees include all courses, educational excursions, health insurance, full room, and partial board for the entire program period. Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation.
- Setting Description:
- What are the forces that create good public health in some communities, and ill health in others? Why have health disparities within and across countries widened, even as modern healthcare has discovered the causes of many illnesses and prevented many deaths? The Health and Community program strengthens students' ability to understand, interpret and compare the biological, ecological, economic, political, and socio-cultural factors that affect human health. Students broaden their global perspective and deepen their skills in critical and comparative thinking, while gaining practical knowledge about:
The health impacts of globalization
Comparative health systems
Governance and policymaking
Public health issues and innovative strategies to address them
Field-based research methods and analysis.
From Southeast Asia to South Africa, in city neighborhoods and rural villages, students learn to listen to and understand multiple voices: people in local c
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Based on 3 Reviews
- Best Experience EVER01/22/20
This program completely changed my view on the world and provided me with eye-opening real experiences and stories from people all over the world. Getting to experience things that I learned in a textbook firsthand in India, South Africa, and Brazil has
taught me that going out and experiencing the world is so important and I encourage everyone I know to do the same, depending on financial resources. Traveling to each of these countries has opened my worldview even wider to the field of public health and my future career as an epidemiologist. I will forever cherish my memories I made on the program and definitely recommend the program to anyone looking for a hands-on learning-intensive study abroad experience. Be prepared to write lots of essays, but overall the academic rigor was not too bad and totally worth it.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- I love IHP Health and Community Track 201/14/20
I had an amazing time during this program. It allowed me to study public and global health while immersing myself in different cultures. It's academically challenging, but also challenges you personally. I grew a lot through out the semester. This program
specifically requires you to practice research methods and translate them into different contexts repeatedly. This allowed me to apply knowledge in different situations, and improved my ability to be adaptable and flexible. I met amazing people throughout each country. Many of the staff who help plan the program are amazing people doing amazing work. You make meaningful relationships with your fellow classmates, but also with staff, with homestay families, and with other locals you meet along the way. The program provides support through every part of the journey. They communicate with you before the program starts, during the program, and after the program ends. The program also supports you in other ways. these include dietary and medical situations, financially with stipends, and with community building sessions and multiple check ins as well. Staff and the traveling fellow are always willing and ready to listen. I highly recommend this program to anyone and everyone.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Best Academic Abroad Experience Possible01/12/20
During my time on the SIT IHP Health and Community Track 1 program during the Fall of 2019, I grew as a student and as a person in ways I didn’t expect. Going to India, South Africa and Brazil under the context of public health issues and hearing from
communities and people on the ground was inspiring. I made life long friends and deep connections with people I met in each place and had a really great time along the way. The schedule is packed and the workload can sometimes feel overwhelming, but it is so worth the amount of knowledge you gain and can apply to the hands-on activities you do every day. You’ll visit hospitals in each country, experience both city and rural life and meet families that’ll call you their own by the end of each homestay. It’s a beautiful experience that is more meaningful than any other program I was looking into when applying to go abroad. I wouldn’t trade what I got out of it for the world.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend