Traditional Medicine & Healthcare Practices

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

At a Glance





Courses taught in



Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Countries


Program Base

New Delhi

Critical Global Issue of Study

Global Health & Well-being

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Development & Inequality

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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.

Your journey begins in New Delhi, before embarking on 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 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.



Program Sites

Delhi, India

Following orientation and introductory lectures in New Delhi, you will observe and learn firsthand at Kayakalp-Palampur and Dharamsala in the Indian state of 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. The program will conclude at SIT’s program center in New Delhi.

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

  • Field observations and weekly group discussions on Ayurveda, naturopathy, and Tibetan medicine
  • Yoga practice under the supervision of yoga instructor/faculty at Kayakalp in Palampur
  • Orientation and final synthesis sessions in New Delhi
  • Live and study in communities in the Himalayan region of North India for two weeks

Field Study of Traditional Indian Healthcare Practices


Small hotels in New Delhi, Palampur, and Dharamsala.

Faculty & Staff

India: Traditional Medicine & Healthcare Practices

Azim Khan, PhD
Abid Siraj, MSW
Bhavna Singh

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    The total cost for this program is $3,205, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.