Learn how communities around the world understand and strive for health and well-being.
What is unique about this program?
- Compare strategies of health and community across four radically different country contexts and at global and local scales, through case studies, ethnographic research, and visits with a diverse array of health practitioners and local activists.
- Explore the health realities all citizens face amid mounting challenges created by changing social, environmental, and economic forces.
- Strengthen your ability to understand, interpret, and compare the socio-cultural, ecological, economic, political, and biological factors that affect human health.
- Experience a rural retreat in Barro Do Turvo, Brazil, at the end of the semester.
What is unique about these locations?
USA: Washington, DC (2 weeks)
Hear from global health experts at international NGOs while observing firsthand how health inequities affect those living near the halls of world political power. Investigate some of the many social determinants of health, such as access to housing, transportation, and education, as well as gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship status, and income and examine how these inequities have led to some of the country’s worst health outcomes.
Viet Nam: Hanoi (4 weeks)
One of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant and rapidly developing nations, Vietnam has succeeded in dramatically reducing poverty, yet considerable challenges remain. Some of the country’s most vexing health-related issues include an HIV/AIDS epidemic that threatens to become widespread, enormous demands placed on health systems from rising rural-to-urban migration, widening social inequalities, and worsening environmental conditions.
South Africa: Cape Town (5 weeks)
The complex colonial and apartheid history of South Africa has entrenched a social, economic, and political climate that remains part of the country’s contemporary condition. Disparity of wealth and unequal distribution of resources provide a distinct backdrop to analyze and explore how the country’s past affects South Africans’ ability to access quality healthcare with dignity. In addition, Africa faces an increasing number of public health crises, with HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics at the fore.
Argentina: Buenos Aires (5 weeks)
With a population of 14 million, Buenos Aires—the most important and influential city in Argentina, both politically and economically—is the perfect place to experience and study the complexities of living and surviving in a globalized city immersed in a Latin American context. Shaped by massive waves of immigration, both past and present, this cosmopolitan city stands out because of the delicate equilibrium between tradition and modernity that characterizes it. Immersed in a context of rapid growth and globalized development since mid-2000, Argentina plays a fundamental role in a region characterized by extreme inequalities in vast sectors of the population. In Argentina, a complete free public health system that covers every person residing in the country coexists with two others, a private sector and a semi-private labor union sector, both powerful and competitive.
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- For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)