- Washington, United States; New Delhi, India; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Multi-Country Programs, Multi-Country Programs; 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 1 Reviews
- IHP the place to be!06/01/14
If you have a strong sense of adventure, you are a very adaptable person, have a passion for traveling and learning about different parts of the world firsthand, and you are willing to try new things (and say yes to everything at least once) this program
would be for you. My four months with SIT IHP Health and Community (Spring Track 1) were a whirlwind and one of the most incredible experiences in my life. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I signed up. All I knew was that I wanted a multi country study abroad experience and one that focused on health/public health. I started my adventure in New Orleans, then went on to Delhi India, to Buenos Aires Argentina, and then ended my journey in Bushbuckridge South Africa. Through my time in this program I had never been so challenged mentally, physically, and emotionally, but in the best ways possible. I grew so much as a person and I'm still trying to wrap my head around everything I saw and experienced (As I'm writing this post I've been home for about 4 weeks now). If you're looking for a program with rigorous academics, this trip might not be for you. I was challenged in my classes however, I learned the most from my peers and from site visits and going out and just talking to locals and my homestay families. Also homestay families? One of the highlights and strengths of this program in my opinion. Really engage with your families from the beginning. Go out of your way to help them around the house even in small ways. Cook dinner for them or with them. Anything! You can learn a great deal from your families and make some really awesome connections. Another strong point of this program is the faculty and staff. They were always so understanding and accommodating. If something wasn't working for students on the program, the faculty and fellow were all so open and willing to listen to students and make adjustments to whatever the problem or concern was. They really got to know us on a personal level and always made my group and me feel very safe and supported. Finally, the group I traveled with. There were 31 of us total and these people truly became my family for four months. Really get to know everyone in your group and branch out. When I first thought of traveling with the same people for four months and spending all this time with them I was nervous. What is great about this program though is the two week orientation in the beginning. That's really a time where you get to know your group well and you start to really bond and become a cohesive group. You will be spending a lot of time together but you will help each other in more ways than you know. Honestly this review isn't going to do this program justice. It isn't possible for me to put this type of experience into words.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend