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Examine community-based health in South Africa, exploring the roles of the state, the media, and nongovernmental organizations in mobilizing community assets.
WHY STUDY HEALTH IN SOUTH AFRICA?
The legacy of apartheid has left a large section of South Africa poorly educated and struggling with systemic poverty. Despite the country’s progressive policies, racial and gender inequalities still have adverse effects on health outcomes. You’ll examine a range of health services across Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, and other areas to gain a deeper understanding of how traditional healers, the state, the media, nongovernmental organizations, and state-of-the-art hospitals address health challenges. Learn and practice the isiZulu language and travel from city to village to learn about health communication strategies, health education, and prenatal care. As part of a lecture series, you’ll hear from academics, healthcare workers, and researchers. Stay with a variety of homestay families and witness firsthand how different communities face obstacles to healthcare access. During the program, visit Boulders Beach penguin colony; see wildlife in Kruger National Park; and journey to Cape Point, Africa’s most southwesterly tip.
- Network with NGOs, academics, healthcare workers and healthcare researchers.
- Compare health services across Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria, and Johannesburg.
- Enjoy three days of orientation while you observe wildlife along the banks of Crocodile River.
- Build your résumé with a customized internship or Independent Study Project.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
KEY TOPICS OF STUDY
- Healthcare access, promotion, and prevention in rural South Africa
- Use of media campaigns to influence health outcomes
- Civil society, laws and social policies ensuring the right to health
- Mixed methodologies: narrative making epidemiology accessible
- The inclusion of traditional healing in the health system
- Ethics of Independent Study Project or internship in South Africa
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SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
CONTACT SIT STUDY ABROAD
Community Health and Social Policy
Current Program Information
South Africa's government, nongovernmental organizations, and research institutions have undertaken major initiatives over the past decade to raise the country's awareness of the importance of public health. In this program, students will examine the interplay of health care policy, education, and practice while focusing on the relationship between traditional healing and Western medicine, prenatal care, access to health care, and public health education.
The program base of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, serves as a nexus of public health teaching, research, and practice in both Western and traditional healing systems. Students participate in a two-week internship with a non-clinical public health initiative, and some students choose to return to the same organization for their Independent Study Projects.