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 public health and community in a field-study context. Students analyze specific case studies that illuminate the problems, prospects, and potential methods of promoting health. Policy advocacy efforts for realization of right to health on the national and international levels are also examined, along with relevant public health schemes and programs.

Topics of study include:

  • Social determinants of health (poverty, oppression, caste, and hierarchy) and health equity and social justice
  • The scourge of malnutrition, failure of the health system, and response of the community 
  • The political economy of health (globalization, the WTO, the IMF, and World Bank)
  • Regional and grassroots approaches to improving access to healthcare
  • "Health" and its relationship to human fulfillment
  • Status of reproductive and child health

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 nine-week homestay with an Indian host family located near the SIT program center in New Delhi.

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 2016

For Study in Fall 2016

Application and $500 deposit

September 25, 2015

February 26, 2016

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.

For more information on Financial Aid, Housing, and Health and Safety for this program, click here.