Swahili Language for Health Sciences (All Levels)

Develop Kiswahili skills for health sciences through online learning.

At a Glance






Sep 14 ‎– Nov 13

Program Countries


Program Base

Tanzania, Online

Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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This course is designed to give students and health professionals in-depth cultural background via discussions of everyday life and contemporary issues while developing advanced language skills. It provides the language and intercultural skills needed to function in the fields of food and health, global health, community health, and the environment.

The program will be delivered through a three-credit online course. Your program will employ experiential learning opportunities and include lessons in cultural awareness, grammar, comprehension, dialogue and academic related vocabulary through lectures and discussion.

Classes and language activities are taught by native teachers with experience teaching Kiswahili to foreigners by using oral proficiency-based methods. You will also be exposed to songs and other forms of art and media to engage and enhance interactions among students.

In addition to this online course, SIT is also offering a three-week, supplementary, intensive Swahili Language for Health Sciences J-term immersion program in Arusha, Tanzania. 


  • Build Kiswahili language skills to prepare for a career as a health professional. 
  • Learn about herbal medicine and intercultural health practices. 





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.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information, including course codes, credits, overviews, and syllabi.

Program Components

  • 45 hours online with video lectures, audio recordings, discussion, and interaction.
  • Oral interview to evaluate speaking abilities and comprehension of spoken Kiswahili.
  • Develop a deeper knowledge of Tanzanian traditional medicine.

Kiswahili for Health Science Students (Online)

Kiswahili for Health Science Students – syllabus
(KISW1003-1503 / 3 credits)

Kiswahili for Health Science Students – syllabus
(KISW2003-2503 / 3 credits)

Kiswahili for Health Science Students – syllabus coming soon
(KISW3003-3503 / 3 credits)

Faculty & Staff

Tanzania: Swahili Language for Health Sciences (All Levels)

Oliver Nyakunga, PhD
Academic Director
Beatrice Kimaro
Kiswahili Language Coordinator

Discover the Possibilities


    The tuition for this program is $1,080. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.