Explore the link between public health and human development through a seminar and five-week internship with a local community or research organization, public health-related business, or international NGO. Build valuable cross-cultural professional experience and enhance your skills in an international work environment.

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  • Explore links between public health and human development through lectures, site visits, and coursework during a pre-internship seminar that prepare you for your internship experience.

    Build cross-cultural communication skills for understanding public health policy and practice in complex social, cultural, and political contexts. Lectures and excursions will introduce you to public health policy, practice, and key stakeholders in preparation for a public health internship.

  • SIT’s wide network of community organizations, activists, and academics connect you to the work and life of your host community.

    SIT internships feature collaborative engagement/relationships with host communities and inclusive internship opportunities to match your interests with your internship placement.   

  • Focus on public health issues experienced by women, children, and other vulnerable groups.

    We examine the political, economic, and legal contexts that affect access to healthcare. Case studies analyze sex-selective abortions, malnourishment and maternal mortality, and female health indices that reflect a socio-cultural gender bias.

  • A journal and weekly discussions provide an opportunity to reflect on and better understand your internship experience

    Your internship work journal ties your experience to readings, key themes and other program resources. This can be an online journal in which you document your everyday internship experience and reflect on your professional achievements. Weekly discussion and reflection sessions are an opportunity to share personal experience and reflect on your professional learning process. 

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    Excursions to under-resourced communities and neighborhoods in Delhi help you understand the nuances of public health and human development.

Critical Global Issue of Study

Global Health

Global Health

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Prerequisites

None; however, preference is given to students with prior coursework/experience in health and policy studies or related fields.

Key Topics of Study

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Key Topics of Study

  • Social, cultural, political, and economic factors affecting public health and available services
  • Rights-based advocacy within India’s public health program planning
  • Health system delivery in a variety of socio-cultural contexts
  • Roles of stakeholders and institutions in delivering health care services
  • Social complexities and cultural diversity that affect public health care
  • Health care in urban and rural environments
  • Theories of the right to health.

Coursework

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Coursework

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Course Structure

Weeks 1-2: Orientation, initial internship seminar sessions, and thematic seminar

  • Orientation takes place at New Delhi program center and environs
  • Schedule is heavy with lectures, site visits, and other coursework related to the thematic seminar and internship seminar

Weeks 3-7:  Internship Placement, supplemented by:

  • Weekly critical global issues discussions, including social issues, history, and culture-related discussions and debriefings, supplemented by curated readings, that drawn upon and help students reflect on internship experiences in public health and policy studies.
  • Internship journal
  • Reflection papers that tie internship experience to readings, key themes used to frame experience during orientation, and additional program resources
  • After Week 4: Long-Weekend Excursion, for example a 3-day excursion/group meeting at one of the convenient locations in Himalayas (Satauli, Mussoorie or Shimla)

Week 7: Internship conclusion followed by final presentations, reflection & closing banquet

The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

India: Public Health and Human Development Seminar – syllabus
(IPBH3000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
This program is a rare opportunity to deepen your experience related to your major or post-college plans in an immersive internship environment, with guided weekly discussions, assignments, and reflection. The program concludes with a final presentation in English that ties the internship experience with critical global issue themes and core learning objectives.
Internship and Seminar – syllabus coming soon
(ITRN3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)
Public Health Internship and Seminar

Homestays

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Homestays

The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll 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. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program. Read more about SIT homestays.

homestayStudents will be housed with homestay families in New Delhi. If the internship is located outside Delhi, housing during the formal, one-month internship period will be arranged. The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll 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. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program. 

Cost and Scholarships

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Cost and Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students. 

SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding for the term during which they are studying with SIT. This award can be applied to any SIT program. Qualified students must complete the scholarship portion of their application. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.

This program is eligible for a New Horizons Grant, a scholarship for our new programs. Award amounts are $2,500 for semester and $1,500 for summer programs. Students demonstrating need through their submitted scholarship application will be eligible. 

 

Tuition: $4,800

The tuition fee covers the following program components:

  • Cost of all lecturers
  • Preparation for the internship
  • All educational excursions, including all related travel costs
  • Internship (including a stipend for accommodation and food)
  • Health insurance throughout the entire program period 

Room & Board: $2,150

The room and board fee covers the following program components:

  • All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes orientation, time in the program base (Delhi), on all excursions, during the internship, and during the final evaluation period. Accommodation is covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.
  • The homestay
  • All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend to the student, or through the homestay.

Estimated Additional Costs:

International Airfare to Program Launch Site

International airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.

Visa Expenses: $125

Immunizations: Varies

Books & Supplies: $ 60

International Phone: Each student must have a phone in each country. Cost varies according to personal preferences, phone plans, data plans, etc.

Discretionary Expenses

Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.

Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.

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