Why study health in Chile?
This program has been modified with a later in-country start date preceded by one to two weeks online. The online portion will include: program orientation; introductory activities to get to know your academic director and local program team; faculty-led sessions; guest lectures to provide the theoretical frameworks for the course and historical background to the sites and partner organizations; readings; preliminary assignments; and discussions about independent study projects and, if applicable, internship opportunities. We will also have online discussions to debrief sessions and prepare you to join faculty, local team, and peers in country.
You will live in ethnically diverse Arica, Chile, home to many cultural worldviews and health practices as well as unequal access to health services. From this strategic location near the borders of Peru and Bolivia, you’ll learn about transnational issues such as infectious disease management and examine healthcare from international perspectives at health centers and government offices. You’ll also learn how to collect, analyze, integrate, and report social and public health data, and use that knowledge while completing independent research or an internship.
During your excursions, you’ll spend more than two weeks with Mapuche and Aymara communities, where you’ll learn about indigenous and intercultural medicine and examine how healthcare policies and politics affect indigenous people. Throughout the program, you’ll engage with health officials, policy makers, and traditional medicine practitioners and have homestays with three different families in both urban and rural areas.
You will also develop Spanish language skills related to health sciences through classroom learning, cultural immersion, homestays, and excursions.
- Study urban and rural healthcare systems, including indigenous medicine.
- Examine national healthcare policies and intercultural and traditional healing.
- Hear from government, medical, academic, and indigenous sources.
- Learn public health research methods; complete field research or an internship.
Previous college-level coursework in public and/or global health, development studies, anthropology, community and/or social sciences, or other related fields. At least four recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent, and the ability to comprehend (as assessed by SIT) coursework conducted entirely in Spanish (including lectures, seminars, active student participation, and all course reading and writing assignments).