Virtual Internship in Public Health & the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Tropics

Intern with an organization working to bolster health systems in the tropics despite resource constraints and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Feb 6 – Apr 28

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Through this program, you will intern with an organization working on public health issues in Kisumu, Kenya. Internship placements will include Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or other government and nongovernmental organizations, such as the County Department of Health, Amani Counselling Center, or the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya – Kisumu Chapter. The internship will provide you with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in an intercultural workplace, while building the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in public health.

Your program will begin with an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of Kenya, as well as workplace norms and the ethics of interning in another country.  Your program will be complemented by immersive experiential learning, which will give you opportunities to deepen your knowledge of public health promotion and management in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in the tropics.

You will be expected to devote approximately 12-15 hours a week both on synchronous and asynchronous course activities. Synchronous activities may include orientation sessions, seminar country and theme specific lectures, initial meetings with your internship advisor, group reflection sessions, and project presentations. Frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous activities will be determined the first week of the course in conversation with participants to find mutually convenient times. In the event that a student cannot attend a live session, every effort will be made to provide a recording, transcript, or summary for off-line viewing.

Asynchronous activities may include seat time at your internship, break-out groups, check-ins with your Academic Director, internship coordinator and your internship mentor, writing progress reports, discussion boards, completing assignments and a final paper, and using audio or video to record reflections on the internship experience. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.


  • Understand the complexities of public health services and support in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Interactive seminar discussions and critical reflection guided by public health experts.
  • Experiential virtual internship at renowned public health institutions and organizations.
  • Designed to enable students explore their interest and gain meaningful skills in public health and related fields.




Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Reflect on the ethics involved in doing an internship in the context of Kenya and by extension the tropical countries in the region
  • Synthesize the internship learning experience in the form of an internship paper and oral presentation.
  • Analyze the complexities of public health promotion, practice, and the COVID- 19 pandemic in Kenya and in the tropics more broadly.
  • Assess public health challenges and the effects of COVID-19 in Kenya and the tropics.
  • Gain practical experience in a chosen field.

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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.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

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Program Components

  • 144 hours seat time at internship site (12 hours/week)
  • 12 hours of seminar discussion and reflection time (1 hour/week)
  • 6 Progress Reports 
  • Presentation + Q&A session
  • Final paper (minimum 15 pages)

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Faculty & Staff

Kenya: Virtual Internship in Public Health & the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Tropics

Steve Wandiga, PhD
Miltone Omondi
Christine Odera

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  • Cost & Scholarships

    The tuition for this program is $2,340. You may be able to use financial aid from your home school, if applicable. Contact your study abroad, advising or financial aid office for more information. SIT Admissions is also available for questions.