Hosted by: SIT IHP Health and Community
Global Health, Development Studies, Human Health
This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests in the majors listed above.
Fall: late August to early December
Spring: early January to early May
A minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.
Previous college-level coursework and/or other preparation in public health, anthropology, biology, or other related fields is strongly recommended.
This program is a multi-country, comparative exploration of health and community as it plays out on a global scale. Students begin with a two-week orientation in Washington DC, followed by month-long stays in India, South Africa, and Brazil. At each location, students will gain exposure to the health realities all citizens face amid mounting challenges created by changing social, environmental, and economic forces. Topics of study will include:
- How a deeper understanding of culture can transform our view of health
- Whether health is a fundamental human right and, If so, who is responsible for guaranteeing it
- Possible solutions to the health inequities—between rich and poor, urban and rural—that exist around the world
- The role of public health in the global context and how the forces of globalization impact health and healthcare
- How grassroots activism and top-down approaches to health conflict with or complement one another
- The role of community in health and well-being and how different people understand what it is to be a healthy person in varied cultural contexts
Students will compare strategies of health and community across four radically different country contexts and at global and local scales, through case studies, ethnographic research, and visits with a diverse array of health practitioners and local activists. Students will meet and interact with community activists, physicians, public health practitioners, and officials as they seek to understand domestic and community health in a country whose citizens are deeply committed to radical political, social, and economic transformation. The program concludes with a rural retreat in Barro Do Turvo, Brazil.
The courses include:
- Health, Culture, and Community (4 credits/ 60 class hours)
- Globalization and Health (4 credits/ 60 class hours)
- Public Health: From Biology to Policy (4 credits/ 60 class hours)
- Community Health Research Methods (4 credits/ 60 class hours)
Detailed course information and syllabi are available here
Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this blanket approved list: Blanket Approval List.
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Students live with a host family for between two and four weeks at each program site, with the exception of the first location (Washington DC). Other accommodations can include guest houses, hostels, dormitories, and/or small hotels. Students will become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes.
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is available in the budget sheets.(Fall, Spring
: Due to the multi-country nature of the program, SIT program fees will differ from other traditional study abroad programs.
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: Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), Fund for Education Abroad, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, and SIT Scholarships. Please click here for more information.
SIT provides an array of need-based scholarships that range from $500 to $5,000. The scholarship application is integrated in the application, so no additional application is needed. It is best to apply earlier to the program as it takes two weeks for scholarship request to be reviewed. You can find a list of SIT scholarships and FAQ's here.
SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
- The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
Ebony Ellis, Emory Study Abroad Advisor: email@example.com