Type of Program: Semester Program
City: New Delhi, India
When Offered: Fall or Spring
Cost: See Program Costs page

This program studies the relationship between human rights and health in a field-study context. Students analyze specific case studies that illuminate the problems, prospects, and potential methods of promoting health. Advocacy efforts for health and human rights on the national and international levels are also examined, along with relevant international declarations such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Topics of study include:

  • The political economy of health (globalization, the WTO, the IMF, and World Bank)
  • "Health" and its relationship to human fulfillment
  • Regional and grassroots approaches to improving access to healthcare
  • Social determinants of health (poverty, oppression, caste, and hierarchy)
  • The meaning of "human rights" in relation to health and state sovereignty

Students spend time at leading local, regional, national, and international institutions, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) India Office, the Population Foundation of India, and the Centre for Health, Education, Training and Nutrition Awareness. Students also spend a week interning with a local organization or individual actively working for public health and positive change in India.

The program includes intensive instruction in Hindi and a ten-week homestay with an Indian host family located near the SIT program center in New Delhi. 

2015 Academic Dates

Sprin 2015: February 1 - May 16

Fall 2015: Late August - Mid-December

Eligibility and Prerequisites

Students must have declared a major and taken prerequisite courses.  Students must have completed three semesters in college-level residence.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply. 

Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines


For Study in Spring 2015

For Study in Fall 2015

Application and $500 deposit

September 26, 2014

February 27, 2015

Please note that both the application and fee are due in the Office of International Studies. All students must attend an advising session at least one week prior to the deadline in the Office of International Studies to obtain an application.

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