Why Study Global Health and Community?
Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
Health practices differ widely around the globe, but health inequities—between economic divides, urban and rural—are increasing exponentially everywhere. Across two continents, compare health strategies, community well-being, and multiple factors affecting human health in sweepingly different contexts, on both local and global scales. Through site visits and research practice with an array of health practitioners, government officials, and activists, explore health realities at individual and population levels. As part of the program, witness how considering health as a human right impacts peoples’ access to care. Journey from megacities to rural villages to take a holistic, interdisciplinary look at how communities around the world define what it is to achieve and maintain health. Finally, explore the challenges all citizens face amid mounting obstacles to healthcare access, while strengthening your ability to understand, interpret, and compare the socio-cultural, ecological, economic, political, and biological factors that shape and predict human health.
Explore a Day in the Life of an IHP student!
Photos on this page may depict program sites from previous semesters. Please view the Program Sites section of this page to see where this program will travel in fall 2021.
- Explore unique localities and gain insights into healthcare across continents.
- Conduct in-depth, research practice in radically varied contexts.
- Experience rare opportunities to interact with healthcare leaders and local experts.
- Witness healthcare access from the sprawling megalopolis to the rural village.
None, but previous college-level coursework and/or other preparation in public health, anthropology, biology, or other related fields is strongly recommended.