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Minimum GPA: 2.50

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2021
  • Fall 2022


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

SIT - School for International Training


Spring 22 applications expected to open in mid-June

Opportunity Description

Study links between public health, gender, and community action in India. From your base in New Delhi, the nation’s capital and hub for policymakers and global health organizations, explore both ancient and cutting-edge approaches to local and international public health. Travel to under-resourced communities to conduct extensive fieldwork; gain an understanding of inclusion and access to healthcare; examine policy advocacy for the right to health services; and participate in a special focus on reproductive and children’s health.

What is unique about this program?

Through coursework and an independent study project, you will:

  • Explore India’s ancient health practices with a focus on Ayurveda and yoga.
  • Travel to Tibetan and Himalayan communities to study rural healthcare access.
  • Examine why India sees Thailand’s healthcare system as a pathbreaking model.
  • Learn standard Khari Boli Hindi and live with a local Indian family.
  • Participate in a workshop with a public health organization to learn about awareness building and advocacy.
  • Examine the relationship between public health, gender, and community in a field-study context.

Conduct an independent study project under the guidance of expert mentors on a variety of topics including:

  • 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
  • Major public health challenges of diseases such as TB, malaria, and polio
  • Access to reproductive and children’s healthcare
  • Incentive strategies and health outcomes production
  • Malnutrition and availability of food
  • Impact of globalization, sustainable development goals, and public health in India
  • Health planning and management
  • Privatization of medical services and health tourism

Check out past student Independent Study Projects and research!

What is unique about New Delhi?

With New Delhi hosting more than 300 international and 1,000 local non-governmental organizations actively involved in public health and development, this program offers an ideal opportunity to build contacts, network, and collaborate with a diverse range of public health agencies and experts.

Note: This program will not have a homestay housing option for fall 2021

How do I learn about SIT?

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How do I apply?

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  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  2. For Program Admission, apply directly on the program website. Most programs have rolling admissions.

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