India

Virtual Internship in Public Health, Community Action & Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

Gain professional experience interning remotely with an Indian community health organization, think tank, or research institute to learn about the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a Glance

Credits

4

Prerequisites

None

Dates

Aug 31 ‎– Nov 20

Program Base

Online

Critical Global Issue of Study

Global Health & Well-being

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Development & Inequality

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Overview

This virtual internship and seminar will focus on the role of local and community-based public health organizations and think tanks in responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic in India. You will assist community and grassroots efforts by interning online at an organization providing services to rural and marginalized communities in India such as, Comprehensive Rural Health Project-Jamkhed, DEHAT, Primary Health Center, or Julia Hospitala designated COVID-19 hospital 

During the internship you will examine real-world examples of public health, community action, and policy advocacy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of India and Asia. You will expand your knowledge of public health promotion and management, complemented by immersive experiential learning, with guided weekly discussions, assignments, and reflection. You will gain in-depth knowledge, analytical clarity, and cross-cultural sensitivity as you develop self-confidence and an understanding of field-based education. In addition, the internship will enable you to gain valuable work experience and enhance your skills in an international work environment. 

As part of the program, you will complete a paper in which you process your learning experience and the theory and practice of public health in India. You will also attend weekly online assessment meetings with your academic director or internship supervisor and keep a work journal to reflect on your experiences, challenges, and professional achievements. 

Highlights

  • Complete a virtual internship with a community organization or NGO, focusing on a specific field of your interest.
  • Analyze core concepts of public health including power, policy, and political systems to understand a variety of awareness and advocacy campaigns.
  • Explore multidimensional perspectives on the public health response to COVID-19.
  • Examine the implications for health systems and policy advocacy in response to COVID-19 in India and neighboring countries.

Prerequisites

None.

Academics

Coursework

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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Program Components

  • Demonstrate awareness of the cross-cultural ethics of internship in the context of India and the developing world
  • Show an understanding of the complexities of health systems, preparedness, and response to a pandemic like COVID-19
  • Describe, analyze, and synthesize the internship experience in a paper
  • Explain your internship experience in an oral presentation

Internship & Seminar

Internship & Seminar – syllabus
(ITRN 3000 Online Course / 4 Credits)

Career Paths

  • Public Health NGOs

  • Public health research

  • Public health advocacy and management

  • Working with the CDC or Infectious Disease Centers

Faculty & Staff

India: Virtual Internship in Public Health, Community Action & Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

Azim Khan, PhD
Abid Siraj, MSW

Discover the Possibilities

  • COST & SCHOLARSHIPS

    The tuition for this online internship program is $1,950. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.