SIT Study Abroad: IHP - Health and Community: Globalization, Culture and Care (Spring 2)

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Learn how communities around the world understand and strive for health and well-being.This program will strengthen your ability to understand, interpret, and compare the socio-cultural, ecological, economic, political, and biological factors that... read more

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The connections you make with local faculty in the places you travel and live and with students studying in the program from all across the country (and world) are invaluable. The immersive experience is truly like no other and SIT does an incredibly job integrating all program components to provide the most meaningful and enric... - Brown University View Entire Review
I learned to accept that there is no one truth or answer. Across different cultural contexts, similar issues may emerge, and while it is our responsibility to challenge these issues, we need to acknowledge people will have different perspectives. You will become more inquisitive, and learn to ask better questions over the course... - University of Richmond View Entire Review
I chose IHP Health and Community, because I knew it was the kind of opportunity that I would likely never have again. I think that I grew a lot as person and some pretty incredible friendships. But it's so hard to sum up my experience! I wish I could do it all over again. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Programs in multiple different countries help you gain perspective on what you're learning, on culture in general, and on your own home culture. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained so much appreciation for public policy on health and the impacts that such could have on communities worldwide. I also learned so much about each country and all the cultures we encountered. It was definitely a worthwhile experience. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: IHP - Health and Community: Globalization, Culture and Care (Spring 2)
I learned flexibility of expectations. Embracing the beauty of the unknown and of experiences I never knew I needed to have. - Skidmore College View Entire Review
I think this SIT program is unique because it addresses global public health from a more critical viewpoint. We learn about concepts such as structural violence, political and economic histories of the areas we are in and how certain systems work to make some groups more vulnerable or give some people more or less access to heal... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
How can I best put my IHP experience into words? Honestly. I can’t. Every time I think back to my time spent abroad with IHP, I remember so many amazing moments that stole my breath, changed my life, and rocked my world. At the beginning of IHP you meet many alumni and faculty that throw this term ‘life-changing’ at you lik... - Johns Hopkins University View Entire Review
Past Review Memorable
I gained a group of amazing friends, and met some great people throughout the world. It was more than worthwhile, I wish I could do it all over again almost everyday . - Barnard College View Entire Review


Learn how communities around the world understand and strive for health and well-being.

This program will strengthen your ability to understand, interpret, and compare the socio-cultural, ecological, economic, political, and biological factors that affect human health. From North America to South Asia and Africa to South America, in city neighborhoods and rural villages, you will learn to listen to and understand multiple voices: people in local communities, governing bodies and nongovernmental agencies, caregivers, and those receiving care.

Key Questions:

- How can a deeper understanding of culture transform our view of health?
- Is health a fundamental human right? If so, who is responsible for guaranteeing it?
- What can be done about the health inequities — between rich and poor, urban and rural — that exist around the world?
- What is the role of public health in the global context? How do the forces of globalization impact health and healthcare?
- How do grassroots activism and top-down approaches conflict with or complement one another?
- What is the role of community in health and well-being? And, how do different people understand what it is to be a healthy person in varied cultural contexts?

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Health Professions
  • Health Sciences General
  • Mental and Social Health Services
  • Public Health
Minimum GPA:
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school