Independent Study Project – syllabus
(ISPR3000 / 4 credits)
Conducted in north India or in another approved location. Sample topic areas: international, national, and regional responses to epidemics and pandemics, especially for women and sexual minorities; role of gender in health equity and disability; major challenges for women and sexual minorities to accessing sexual and reproductive transmitted diseases-related services; target healthcare intervention for women and LGBTQIA+ communities; impact of globalization on healthcare delivery to marginalized communities; healthcare services planning and management; privatization of health services and health tourism in low-middle income countries. The Independent Study Project culminates in a research paper and presentation.
Sample ISP topic areas:
- Issues and challenges in delivery of reproductive and sexual health services
- Traditional health approaches to mental healthcare and psychological well-being in India
- Reproductive and child health issues and practices
- International, national, and regional responses to epidemics and pandemics especially for women and sexual minorities
- Disability, mental health, sexual orientation, and gender identity in India
- Major reproductive and sexual health challenges.
- Access and affordable health services for sexual minorities.
- Community-level reproductive health surveys and impact assessments
- Malnutrition and gender dynamics
- Health planning and management
- Privatization of medical services and health tourism
Internship and Seminar – syllabus
(ITRN3000 / 4 credits)
This seminar consists of a four-week internship with a local community or research organization, business, or international NGO in India. The aim of the internship is to enable students to gain valuable work experience and enhance their skills in an international work environment. Specifically, students will conduct an internship in the context of reproductive and sexual health, gender and sexuality issues in India. The focus will be on linking internship learning with the program’s critical global issues. The seminar includes regular reflection and assessment meetings with the academic director or internship coordinator to review the progress of the internship and learning associated with the internship experience. Students complete a substantial academic paper in which they process their learning experience on the job, analyze an issue important to the organization, and/or design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization. Students also conduct an oral presentation of their internship experience and findings.
- Understanding the community-based reproductive epidemiology of CRHP Jamkhed.
- Working with Naz Foundation to capture the process of decriminalization of consensual same-sex relationships in India.
- Supporting the work of Nazariya, a queer advocacy group in Delhi
- Supporting the work of Gaysi Family, a lesbian support group
- Assist with Sangath mental health awareness campaign for sexual minorities.
- Indulged with Aarohi to work in rural Himalayan communities on reproductive and sexual health