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SIT: India, Health and Human Rights
New Delhi, India
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
 Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
 Minimum GPA:
2.5 Housing: Camping, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
Fields of Instruction: Asian Studies, Biology, Communication, Cultural Studies, Education, Gender Studies, Government (Political Science), Health & Human Services, Humanities, Independent Study, International Relations, Sciences, Social Policy, Sociology, War Studies
 Class Rank:
junior, senior, sophomore
Study Abroad Advisor : Dr. Kristen Grace
Program Description:

students with local activist

This program studies the relationship between human rights and health in a field-study context. Students will analyze specific case studies that illuminate the problems, prospects, and potential methods of promoting health. Advocacy efforts for health and human rights on the national and international levels are also examined, while considering relevant international declarations such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Topics of study include: The political economy of health (globalization, the WTO, the IMF, and World Bank)

  • "Health" and its relationship to human fulfillment
  • Regional and grassroots approaches to improving access to health care
  • Social determinants of health (poverty, oppression, caste, and hierarchy)
  • The meaning of "human rights" in relation to health and state sovereignty

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

Study ancient and holistic approaches to health and well-being in India. Visit centers of traditional medicine in Delhi and rural areas of the Himalayas.

A country of 1.2 billion people, India contains extremes of wealth and poverty, with state-of-the-art hospitals and areas devoid of any formal healthcare services.

This program examines traditional approaches to healthcare in India and how such systems fit into the country’s overall health and development. Coursework will cover the theoretical and practical aspects of traditional health systems, particularly Ayurveda, yoga, Siddha, Amchi, and folk medicine. Students engage with a diversity of practitioners and healers through lectures and site visits to highly regarded traditional health institutions.

From Delhi to Dharamsala
The program begins and ends in India’s capital city of New Delhi and travels for intensive seminar periods to the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. By meeting with traditional health practitioners in different settings, students are able to situate these practices within larger Indian sociocultural and economic contexts. 

While modern allopathic healthcare is highly regarded across South Asia, local and traditional medicinal systems continue to be valued and regularly practiced. With the recent establishment of the new government department AYUSH (Ayurveda, yoga, Unani, Siddha, and homeopathy) under the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, traditional medicine has gained new ground.

The program is designed for undergraduates studying health sciences or liberal arts.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.