Traditional Medicine & Healthcare Practices (Online | Abroad)

Gain a deep understanding of how India nurtures its vibrant, ancient traditional medicine systems while experiencing economic growth and modernization.

At a Glance


3 (+3)


None, but college enrollment required for J-Term.

Courses taught in



Jul 13 ‎– Jul 31

In-Country J-Term (optional)

Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Countries


Program Base

Online, Delhi, India

Critical Global Issue of Study

Global Health & Well-being

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This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants; the in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term.

From bustling New Delhi to the quiet grandeur of the Himalaya, explore India’s ancient and traditional health systems. These include the vitally important practices of Ayurveda, yoga, Tibetan (Amchi) medicine, and naturopathy. Learn about the religious, social, economic, and cultural paradigms that provide a context for healthcare in India.

This journey begins online in July with lectures, readings, and discussions, and continues during the optional January term in India. During a two-week stay in the Himalaya, home to many of India’s rich botanical resources, see how mountain communities’ healthcare systems are affected by climate change, globalization, development and sustainability efforts. Compare traditional and allopathic systems, gaining a multidimensional view into healthcare and health delivery among diverse groups of populations. Visit centers of traditional medicine in Delhi and in rural and urban areas in the Himalaya and meet practitioners of traditional and holistic Indian medicine. Travel to Dharamsala, headquarters of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and where His Holiness the Dalai Lama lives, and receive Tibetan medicine lessons.


  • Study traditional medicine online and in communities of the Indian Himalaya. 
  • Learn concepts of life, health, disease, treatment and care in Ayurveda, yoga and Tibetan medicine. 
  • Practice and experience yoga concept of body, mind, and soul connection. 
  • Live with a host family to explore health practices in Dharamsala, home of the Tibetan refugees and the Dalai Lama. (J-term)



Program Terms

Online Term Details

The structure of this program enhances your capacity to critically engage multidimensional interdisciplinary perspectives on healthcare and health delivery systems. Through the online seminar, you will learn about holistic approaches to healthcare in multiple traditional Indian health systems. You will understand the body, mind, and soul connection and the philosophy and principles of yoga and different yoga postures. Receive Tibetan medicine lessons and study the concept of life and death in Buddhism and health, disease, diagnosis, and treatment in Tibetan medicine.

In-Country (J-Term) Details

While in India, you will observe and learn firsthand at Kayakalp-Palampur and Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh about practices in Ayurveda, yoga and Tibetan medicine. By observing and learning about the institutions, methodologies, and practitioners of traditional medicine, students will compare and contrast India’s traditional and modern healthcare systems.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



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

  • Online instruction led by in-country academic director and lecturers. 
  • Weekly live synthesis sessions of online coursework
  • Field observation and weekly group discussions on Ayurveda, naturopathy and Tibetan medicine. (J-Term)
  • Yoga practice under the supervision of yoga instructor/faculty at Kayakalp in Palampur  (J-Term)

Traditional Indian Medicine: Theory and Context (Online)

Field Study of Traditional Indian Healthcare Practices (In Country)

Faculty & Staff

India: Traditional Medicine & Healthcare Practices (Online | Abroad)

Azim Khan, PhD
Abid Siraj, MSW
Bhavna Singh

Discover the Possibilities


    The total cost for this program is $960, while the optional in-country term is $3,500, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.