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SIT: Chile, Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment
Arica, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Program Dates &
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction::
Core Program Attributes::
Center-based Program, Research
Minimum GPA::
Housing Options::
Homestay, Variable
Approved by::
Open to::
Junior, Senior
Program Advisor: Alexis Santi
Program Description:

students at local hospitalStudy healthcare policies, politics, and delivery as well as traditional medicinal practices in Chilean communities.

This program examines intercultural health and alternative healthcare practices in the context of Chile and southern Peru. Students consider different conceptions of wellness and healing, including beliefs and health practices of the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous groups. The program gives students the opportunity to experience Chile's health system firsthand with guided, insightful visits to public and private health centers.

Major topics of study include:
  • Chile's national and indigenous health systems
  • Economic, structural, and ideological determinants of public health planning and practices
  • Alternative treatments of psychiatric and other mental health issues
  • Healing and spiritual beliefs
  • Health of women, children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly
  • Public health and community empowerment 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 ** 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.