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Housing Options: Homestay Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Biology, Culture, Education, Film & New Media Studies, Humanities, Independent Study, International Relations, Internships, Minority Studies, Peace and Social Justice, Political Science, Pre-Health, Sciences, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies Program Type: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Year: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Features: Independent Field Research
Program Description:
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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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Further information about SIT India: Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community specific to Wheaton College students

Wheaton College is committed to providing students with opportunities to broaden their understanding and vision beyond the borders of this campus and this country. We work in collaboration with carefully selected partner institutions around the world to support our students as they prepare to study abroad and while they are overseas. Students must apply to Wheaton's Center for Global Education as well as the institution through which they plan to study abroad. The most up-to-date information can be found on the program provider's website above.       

Courses & Credits:
Students enroll in four to five courses each semester. 15 to 16 U.S. semester hours will earn 4.0 Wheaton credits. Independent Study Projects and/or Internships must be individually approved for credit at Wheaton. Do not assume your project or internship is automatically approved. 

Housing & Meals:
Students spend much of their experience in home-stays; when traveling they will be housed in guesthouses, educational institutions, hostels, or small hotels depending on local conditions and customs. All meals are provided by home-stay families, group meals or stipends. 

Budget Information:
Students studying abroad will continue to pay Wheaton tuition. Students are not charged Wheaton room and board, or the Wheaton technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program. Wheaton will, in turn, pay the program for all tuition and academic fees. Additionally, Wheaton will cover the cost of the program international insurance or sign students up, and pay, for CISI international insurance for the duration of the study abroad program.

Students will pay housing directly to their study abroad program. Some study abroad programs include meal plans while others do not offer meal plans and students will shop for and prepare their meals independently. Students will book and pay for their own flights.

Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December). 

Federal, state, Wheaton need-based and merit scholarships will be applied to these charges for Wheaton-approved programs. Students must consult with the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) for a comprehensive review of their aid. If a student receives aid beyond the cost of Wheaton tuition, they can request a refund through SFS.

Please do your research as housing and meal costs vary greatly from program to program. This Budget Worksheet can help you estimate the total costs of your program. Refer to your SIT program website for an overview of all anticipated expenses.

Scholarships:
SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding; this award can be applied to any SIT semester program. SIT also awards scholarships to Posse Scholars. See the SIT website for more available scholarships. 
                     
For Wheaton specific questions contact:                                                                                     
Center for Global Education
5  Howard Street
Wheaton College
Norton, MA 02766-2322
globaled@wheatoncollege.edu
508-286- 4950

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.