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 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.
What is unique about these locations?
The seat of government of one of the richest nations in the world and hub of international policymaking, Washington, DC, is also home to some of the greatest wealth disparities of any city in the United States. Over the course of 10 days, explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods; meet with activists, government officials, and global health experts at non-governmental organizations; study the many social determinants of health; and develop your own perspectives before exploring similar issues internationally.
Viet Nam: Hanoi
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
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.
Buenos Aires: Argentina
With a population of 14 million, Buenos Aires is the most important and influential city in Argentina, politically and economically. Study the complexities of living in this cosmopolitan, globalized city, where a free public health system covering every person in the country coexists with two others: a private sector and semi-private labor union sector, both powerful and competitive. Witness the effects of rapid growth shaped by immigration, as well as extreme inequalities in vast sectors of the population.
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How do I apply?
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- 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 page.
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