Kenya

Virtual Internship in Public Health in the Tropics

Gain professional experience working remotely with a research organization, hospital, or nonprofit organization and learn about the dynamics of public health in western Kenya.

At a Glance

Credits

5

Prerequisites

None

Courses taught in

English

Dates

Jul 6 ‎– Aug 8

Program Base

Online

Critical Global Issue of Study

Global Health & Well-being

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Overview

Your program will begin with a preparation session before you start a five-week virtual internship with Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), or another organization working on public health issues in Kisumu. You will expand your knowledge of public health promotion and management in the tropics, complemented by immersive experiential learning, with guided weekly discussions, assignments, and reflection. You will gain in-depth knowledge, analytical clarity, and cross-cultural sensitivity as you develop self-confidence and an understanding of field-based education. In addition, the internship will enable you to gain valuable work experience and enhance your skills in an international work environment. As part of the program, you will complete a paper in which you process your learning experience and the theory and practice of public health in Kenya and in the tropics more broadly. The paper will also document a comprehensive schedule and the specific skills and knowledge you acquired through the experience. You will also focus on linking your internship learning with the key critical issues related to public health promotion and practice. You will attend weekly online assessment meetings with your academic director or internship coordinator and keep a work journal to reflect on your experiences, challenges, and professional achievements.

Highlights

  • Deepen knowledge of public health promotion and management in the tropics, complemented by immersive experiential learning.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge, analytical clarity, and cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Develop self-confidence and an understanding of field-based education.
  • Acquire valuable work experience and enhance skills in an international work environment.

Prerequisites

None

Academics

Coursework

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

  • Demonstrate awareness of the ethics of internship in the context of Kenya.
  • Show understanding of the complexities of public health and practice in Kenya and in the tropics more broadly.
  • Describe, analyze, and synthesize the learning experience of the internship in a paper.
  • Articulate the output of the internship experience in the form of an oral presentation.

Internship & Seminar

Faculty & Staff

Kenya: Virtual Internship in Public Health in the Tropics

Steve Wandiga, PhD
Miltone Omondi
Christine Odera

Discover the Possibilities

  • COST & SCHOLARSHIPS

    The tuition for this online internship program is $1,980. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.