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SIT Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: F&M applicants only
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Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Dorm, Homestay, Other
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Class Standing:
3-Junior
Term: Fall, Spring
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Partner Institution:
SIT
Language Pre-Requisite: 3 semesters Program Advisor: Dean Ali Janicek
Program Type: Study Center
Program Description:
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Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments

Examine urban epidemiology and the challenges and inequities in public health policy in Buenos Aires.

Program Highlights

  • Study in Buenos Aires, home to renowned health institutions and highly engaged professionals working on health policy, research, delivery, and advocacy.
  • Examine significant social and economic disparities in health.
  • Benefit from SIT’s close partnership with ISALUD, the nation’s top health university.
  • Learn Spanish with a focus on public health.
  • Use your new research skills to conduct a final Independent Study Project or enhance your skills with an internship.
  • Work side by side with Red Cross volunteers on a community project in Tucumán, one of poorest provinces in the country.

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you. Spend the final four weeks of the program engaged in an independent research project conducted in Buenos Aires or another approved location in Argentina.

Projects should demonstrate your understanding of the components of the program and should contribute in some way to a greater understanding of public healthcare in or the epidemiological profile of Argentina.

Sample Topics:

  • Grassroots advocacy and healthcare services
  • AIDS policy and care
  • Public health consequences of environmental contamination
  • Gender and reproductive rights
  • Challenges to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals in Argentina
  • Healthcare among immigrant populations

Internships

SIT internships are hands on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper processing your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.

You will complete work assigned by the organization and/or shadow the work of professionals within the organization. A person from their staff will be designated to make sure your experience is relevant to you, and to give you the training and advice you need to perform your duties.

Sample internship topics and sites:

  • Working in different community projects with Red Cross in Tucumán province
  • Collaborating with health programs teams at primary healthcare centers in Buenos Aires; San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán; and Maipú, Mendoza
  • Assisting the work of different hospital services at public hospitals in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Tucumán province
  • Working in health promotion and directing educational and recreational activities at daycare centers for elders in Buenos Aires
  • Supporting social organizations promoting access to social and health rights in Buenos Aires and the surrounding area
  • Supporting families with hospitalized children

Key Topics of Study

  • Health system organization
  • The political process of defining a public health agenda
  • Social determinants of health
  • Intercultural barriers to quality care
  • Chronic diseases in urban environments
  • Health needs specific to urban environments 

Prerequisites

Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in health sciences, political science, anthropology, sociology, or development studies, as assessed by SIT. Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework and assignments in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.


Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours.  If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive (this includes summer study).

Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA.

Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the College.  If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.

Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, homestays, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.

Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.

Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study.   This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants.  In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses.  Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.



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