Tropical Health Dynamics

Examine tropical health issues in western Kenya, including social determinants of health, basic research methods, and health systems through experiential, hands-on learning.

At a Glance






Dec 28 ‎– Jan 16

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Global Health & Well-being

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If you aspire to work in an international organization focused on public health, this intensive program will give you an opportunity to deepen your understanding of tropical health issues and health systems in Kenya. This program is designed to be at the cutting edge of clinical and global health, with an approach that emphasizes the fusion of theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as and skills. You will engage with seasoned tropical health practitioners and supervisors, including faculty members who are active in the field and have extensive experience with a wide range of frontline tropical health issues. This highly interactive program will give you opportunities to broaden your comprehension of a variety of topics in public health to broaden through the exchange of different experiences, viewpoints, and knowledge.


  • Identify and analyze determinants of tropical health and health issues of populations in western Kenya
  • Conduct a critical review of sustainable health systems improvements, considering diverse cultural settings and social and ethical responsibilities
  • Engage in public health research, including basic data analysis and appraisal related to issues of health and healthcare
  • Develop writing and communication skills needed to share research findings that will help improve health systems and healthcare


Program Sites

Kisumu, Kenya

On the relaxed and sloping shores of Lake Victoria, Kisumu is Kenya’s third largest city.  The city is a major port and trading hub at the crossroads of East Africa and Central Africa and has played a key role in the country’s modern history. Its fisheries and agriculture are important contributors to the local, national, and regional economy.

Here, you will engage in an intensive, thought provoking program that fuses theory and practice by design. Practitioners and supervisors with decades of experience in tropical health will share their knowledge and skills in interactive session. You will explore the contexts of the tropics in terms of determinants of health such as age, gender, education, occupation, residential area, and others. You will have synchronous and asynchronous sessions led by experts in tropical health, individual and group assignments, oral presentations, and complete a final report.

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

  • Engage with faculty, staff, and working professionals through lectures, discussions and site visits
  • Complete a mini-internship with an organization focused on an issue of public health that is of interest to you
  • Learn about the complexities and ethics of public health in western Kenya and the tropics more broadly
  • Course content is supported by readings, individual and group assignments, an oral presentation, and a final report

Service Learnership and Seminar


Homestay information coming soon.

Faculty & Staff

Kenya: Tropical Health Dynamics

Steve Wandiga, PhD
Miltone Omondi
Christine Odera

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  • Cost & Scholarships

    The total cost for this program 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.