Hosted by: SIT India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action
This program studies the relationship between public health, gender, and community action in a field-study context in India and Thailand. The focus of the program will be on women, children, tribal communities, and other underserved populations. Students will analyze specific case studies that illuminate the problems, prospects, and potential methods of promoting health. Students will examine policy advocacy efforts for realizing the right to health on the national and international levels and relevant public health schemes and programs in India. Students will spend extensive time in under-resourced communities to understand exclusion and access to healthcare, focusing especially on reproductive and children’s health. Students will participate in a week-long workshop with an NGO or public health organization to learn about community health efforts in awareness building and advocacy with the government.
Topics of study include:
- Public health systems in India and Thailand
- Indian systems of medicine (Ayurveda and yoga)
- Social determinants of health (poverty, gender, and caste) and health equity
- Public health challenges: water, sanitation, and environment
- The scourge of malnutrition and responses of the community
- The political economy of health and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Regional and grassroots approaches to improving access to healthcare
- Major communicable diseases such as TB, malaria, and HIV
- Non-communicable diseases: diabetes miletus and cardiovascular disease
- Issues and challenges pertaining to mental health
- “Health” and its relationship to human fulfillment
- Community health workers’ role in the healthcare system
- The National Health Mission (NHM) and status of reproductive and child health
- Privatization of healthcare and medical tourism in India and Thailand
- Policy advocacy for health
Fall: late August/early September to mid-December
Spring: late January or early February and end in mid-May
Students must meet the regular Emory College Study Abroad eligibility requirements
in addition to any SIT-specific prerequisites.
tudents are enrolled in 16 credits. Classes will transfer back with credits and grades. Many classes have been blanket approved. Please see the Blanket Approval List
. In case you would like to seek approval from other departments, please see the Faculty Representative List
Beginning or Intermediate: Hindi - The Hindi language course will not fulfill language requirements for either MESAS or the College, and there is no guarantee that students will enter in a subsequent level of Hindi upon returning to campus.
Health Rights Advocacy in South Asia
Public Health: Key Determinants, Gender, and Equity
Field Methods and Ethics in Social Science and Health
Independent Study Project
Credit and Grade Translation - SIT India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action
Students live with a homestay family in New Delhi for approximately nine weeks. Carefully selected families are typically middle class and of various sizes and religious backgrounds. A majority of host families have multiple generations living under one roof and are typically located in residential neighborhoods where transportation, shopping, and Internet resources are easily accessible. Some of the students opting for rural workshops have an opportunity to live for a few days with local communities in the remote villages of the Udaipur district in Rajasthan. Other accommodations include hostels, guesthouses, or small hotels.
A full description of the program costs and bill procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet (Spring
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: the Gilman Scholarship, the NSEP Boren Scholarship, Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students) and others. For more information, please see the Financial Aid section
of the Emory College Study Abroad website.
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