- ADMISSIONS & AID
- HEALTH, SAFETY & WELL-BEING
- MEDIA CENTER
Oct 29 – Nov 18
Washington D.C., USA
Critical Global Issue of Study
Global Health & Well-being
Explore how urban and rural communities in and around Washington, DC, are addressing ever-increasing health disparities as they strive for health equity, wellbeing, and social justice.
Washington, DC, is the seat of government for one of the richest nations in the world and a hub of international policymaking. A city steeped in history and power, Washington, DC, also bears the burden of some of the greatest wealth and health disparities in the United States. Rapid, disruptive gentrification is displacing networks of care; HIV and infant mortality rates are among the highest in the nation; there are stubborn environmental health crises along the Potomac River; and the legacies of structural racial health inequities run deep. Here, public, private, and civil society intersect at the frontlines of healthcare. Explore local health strategies and community well-being in different social contexts and examine the relationship between policy and practice.
In this course, you will learn first-hand about the District’s diverse neighborhoods and varied health outcomes and meet with activists, government officials, and experts at leading universities and nongovernmental organizations. This course will take you on an excursion to communities along the Potomac River to compare urban and rural health care, health priorities, and varying local needs from an array of perspectives, including those whose daily lives are impacted by the decisions of policymakers. You will study the complex interplay of social determinants of health in local contexts and learn basic fieldwork methods for gathering data relevant to the practice of public health. Through case studies and site visits, you’ll explore health realities at individual and population levels. These experiences will deepen your ability to explore, understand, and interpret the socio-cultural, ecological, economic, political, and biological factors that affect human health.
Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
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.
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Public Health Practitioners—federal to local
Public Health Policy—services to finance
Medical Practitioners of all forms: Doctors, Nurses, Physician’s Assistants, Midwives, etc.
Health IT Systems
Health Advocacy and Education
Health Systems and Hospital Management
Researcher or policy developer in the social determinants of infectious disease, aging, psycho-social wellbeing, maternal childcare, environmental health, etc.
Program cost information coming soon.