The India: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Practices program aims to acquaint students with socioeconomic, politico-cultural, and institutional dimensions and paradigms of healthcare in India. By learning about the institutions, methodologies, and pra
- Delhi, India
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Program Description:
- Study ancient and holistic approaches to health and well-being in India. Visit centers of traditional medicine in Delhi and rural areas of the Himalayas.
A country of 1.2 billion people, India contains extremes of wealth and poverty, with state-of-the-art hospitals and areas devoid of any formal healthcare services.
This program examines traditional approaches to healthcare in India and how such systems fit into the country’s overall health and development. Coursework will cover the theoretical and practical aspects of traditional health systems, particularly Ayurveda, yoga, Siddha, Amchi, and folk medicine. Students engage with a diversity of practitioners and healers through lectures and site visits to highly regarded traditional health institutions.
From Delhi to Dharamsala
The program begins and ends in India’s capital city of New Delhi and travels for intensive seminar periods to the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. By meeting with traditional health practitioners in different settings, students are able to situate these practices within larger Indian sociocultural and economic contexts.
While modern allopathic healthcare is highly regarded across South Asia, local and traditional medicinal systems continue to be valued and regularly practiced. With the recent establishment of the new government department AYUSH (Ayurveda, yoga, Unani, Siddha, and homeopathy) under the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, traditional medicine has gained new ground.
The program is designed for undergraduates studying health sciences or liberal arts.
The India: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Practices program aims to acquaint students with socioeconomic, politico-cultural, and institutional dimensions and paradigms of healthcare in India. By learning about the institutions, methodologies, and practitioners of traditional medicine, students compare and contrast India’s traditional and modern healthcare systems. The structure of the program enhances students’ capacity to think critically in terms of the multidimensional perspectives on healthcare and health delivery systems. Students on this program enroll in two separate seminar courses: Traditional Indian Medicine: Theory and Context and Field Study of Traditional Indian Healthcare Practices.
- Setting Description:
- Site visits and excursions are an integral part of the program. Students spend time at hospitals, NGO headquarters, and academic and research institutes in Delhi and other areas of North India. Most excursions outside Delhi are to remote areas of India and provide a better understanding of how marginalization affects the lives and health of India’s indigent populations. Excursion destinations may include Nainital, Rishikesh, Palampur, and Dharamsala. During excursions, students interact with community members and traditional health practitioners. They learn firsthand about ongoing struggles to survive and the challenges in acquiring adequate healthcare services in remote locations.
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