This program studies the relationship between public health and community in a field-study context. Students analyze specific case studies that illuminate the problems, prospects, and potential methods of promoting health. Policy advocacy efforts for realization of right to health on the national and international levels are also examined, along with relevant public health schemes and programs.
Topics of study include:
Social determinants of health (poverty, oppression, caste, and hierarchy) and health equity and social justice
The scourge of malnutrition, failure of the health system, and response of the community
The political economy of health (globalization, the WTO, the IMF, and World Bank)
Regional and grassroots approaches to improving access to healthcare
"Health" and its relationship to human fulfillment
Status of reproductive and child health
Students 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 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 nine-week homestay with an Indian host family located near the SIT program center in New Delhi.
Students must complete the advising portion of the application by September 16 after attending an Abroad 101 and Abroad 102 session. When prompted by the OIS advisor students must next complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information.
Students must be approved by Goucher OIS before applying to SIT. Final acceptance is granted by SIT.
Field excursions are an integral part of the program. You will visit rural and tribal communities, NGO headquarters, academic and research institutes, and hospitals in urban and rural sites across northern India; lectures will be held onsite.
The program’s thematic seminar includes lectures by nationally prominent academics and experts in the fields of health and human rights. Lectures address issues such as:
International principles of public health and human rights
Public health systems in India: traditional, Ayurveda, homeopathy, Unani, and allopathy
Issues and challenges pertaining to mental health
Major debilitating diseases such as TB, malaria, and polio
Reproductive health and HIV/AIDS
Privatization of medical education
Workshop with an Indian NGO
You will spend one week of the semester working with a local organization or individual actively working for public health and positive change in India. This will give you the chance to examine health related work firsthand and to have practical experience in the field in preparation for the Independent Study Project. During the workshop, you will integrate fieldwork techniques — such as formal and informal interviewing and participant observation — as part of the process of understanding health and human rights. You will work individually or in a group of three or four.
You will receive instruction in standard Khari Boli Hindi. The four-credit course emphasizes speaking and comprehension skills through classroom and field instruction. You will be expected to practice your language skills outside the classroom by using Hindi in daily life, particularly with host families and during the workshop.
Independent Study Project
During the final month of the semester, you will work on an Independent Study Project (ISP) to critically examine a topic, situation, or community relevant to the topic of health and human rights in India. The ISP is conducted in North India or in another approved location appropriate to the project.
Sample topic areas for the ISP include:
International, national, and regional responses to epidemics and pandemics
Health equity and disability
Major public health challenges of diseases such as TB, malaria, and polio
Access to reproductive and children’s health
Incentive strategies and health outcomes production
Impact of globalization on public health
Health planning and management
Privatization of medical education
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.
Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.
Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.
To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:
A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees. Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.
Students must pay the SIT application fee when applying to SIT.
The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.
If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.
You will live with a carefully selected homestay family in New Delhi for approximately nine weeks. Families are typically middle class and of various sizes and religious backgrounds. A majority of host families have multiple generations living under one roof and are typically located in residential neighborhoods where transportation, shopping, and Internet resources are easily accessible. Most homestay families are at a distance of 20 minutes’ commute by Delhi Metro — known for its punctuality and comfort. The program center is located a walkable distance from the metro station.
In addition to providing unique living experiences, homestay families are trained by program staff to understand SIT program policies and procedures with regard to student health and safety. Furthermore, the program has a policy of putting two students of the same gender in one home. Two students living in one home and traveling to and from program activities together helps enhance the safety of students. In the event of an emergency, families are equipped to respond. Over the course of the semester, the homestay coordinator and academic director will check in regularly with you and your homestay family.
Some of the students opting for rural workshops have an opportunity to live for a week with local Himalayan communities in the remote villages of the Nainital district in Uttarakhand state.
Other accommodations include NGO guest houses, hostels, educational institutions, or small hotels.
The program is based in New Delhi, India’s central hub for policymakers and organizations active in both health and human rights. Greater New Delhi is home to more than three hundred international and more than a thousand local NGOs actively involved in the health and development sector. The National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Women, and other rights-focused organizations are headquartered in New Delhi. You will be encouraged to utilize the city’s many academic institutions and resources, including its excellent libraries, to advance your learning.
New Delhi has an extensive public transportation system, many parks and green spaces such as Lodhi gardens, sports facilities, and dozens of historical monuments and cultural associations. The city sees itself as both cosmopolitan and distinctively representative of its ancient roots.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad. Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.
Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S. Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports
All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.
Students with Disabilities
Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad. OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have. However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests. More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website.
Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.
On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.