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SIT India: Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community
Delhi, India (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 Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Homestay, Other Term: Fall, Spring
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SIT Program Advisor: Claire Retterer
Area of Study: Biology, Government, International Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Pre-Health, Public Health, Sciences, Sociology, Women's & Gender Studies Program Type: Field Study, Study Center
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India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action

Examine Explore the links between public health, gender, and community action in India and Thailand.

Program Highlights

  • Study in New Delhi, India’s central hub for policymakers and organizations active in the field of public health.
  • Spend extensive time in the field.
  • Focus on women, children, tribal communities, and other underserved populations.
  • Participate in a weeklong workshop with an NGO or public health organization to learn about community health efforts in awareness building and advocacy with the government.
  • Learn Hindi.
  • Learn about India’s 5,000-year-old indigenous medicine system, with special focus on Ayurveda and yoga.
  • Choose an Independent Study Project or internship to enhance your intercultural and professional skills.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
 

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 or complete an Internship with a local community organization, research organization, business, government agency, or international NGO

The ISP is conducted in North India or in another approved location in India. You will be matched with an ISP advisor who will work with you on the design, implementation, and evaluation of the research project. ISP advisors include professors of public health; environment, health, and human rights activists; health policy planners and advocates; and healthcare professionals.

Sample topics:
  • Traditional healing practices including Ayurveda and yoga
  • Traditional medicine approaches to mental healthcare and psychological wellbeing in India
  • Maternal and child health issues and practices
  • International, national, and regional responses to epidemics and pandemics
  • Health equity and disability

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 interned with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.

Topics and placements may vary according to the availability of each institution. Sample internship sites:

  • Learning about traditional healthcare practices and holistic and traditional philosophy in Ayurveda and yoga at Kayakalp
  • Learning about Jamkhed’s community health model at Comprehensive Rural Health Project
  • Taking stock of LGBTQ rights and women’s access to healthcare in India at Naz Foundation
  • Gaining an understanding of complex, interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable development and public health at Seva Mandir
  • Learning about issues, challenges, and ways forward with regard to public health in a Himalayan rural community at Aarohi

Key Topics of Study

  • Public health systems in India and Thailand
  • Indian systems of medicine (Ayurveda and yoga)
  • Social determinants of health (poverty, gender, and caste) and health equity
  • Public health challenges: water, sanitation, and environment
  • The scourge of malnutrition and responses of the community
  • The political economy of health and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Regional and grassroots approaches to improving access to healthcare

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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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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