Kenya: Public Health in the Tropics Internship
Develop an understanding of the complexities of public health promotion and practice in Kenya and in the tropics more broadly while gaining practical work experience in public health.
- Complete an internship at the Centers for Disease Control or the Kenya Medical Research Institute.
- Gain professional experience in a supportive environment.
- Challenge yourself and reflect on your internship experience.
- Study Kiswahili, the lingua franca of East Africa.
- Enjoy two weekend excursions.
- Stay with a homestay family in Kisumu.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
Key Topics of Study
- The ethics of internship in the context of Kenya
- Adjusting to and working collaboratively in a different culture
- The complexities of public health promotion and practice in Kenya and in the tropics more broadly
- How gender norms vary by class and residence and how these in turn affect access to healthcare in Kenya
The internship will introduce you to the planning, delivery, and management of public health in the tropics, using western Kenya as the case study. Internship placements will be at Kenya Medical Research Institute and the Centers for Disease Control or public health–related organizations in Kisumu.
Throughout the five-week internship, you will keep a daily journal about your experiences and will have regular sessions with SIT faculty to reflect on your experiences.
In addition, you will submit a paper in which you describe, assess, and analyze what you learned during your internship. The paper will outline the tasks you completed throughout the internship, professional relationships you developed, and challenges you encountered and how you overcame them.
Internship Fields: Epidemiology, public health promotion in the tropics, health education, primary healthcare, tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS prevention
- Assisting health-related projects with the Red Cross and USAID
- Conducting policy research at African Population and Health Research Center
- Assisting research on HIV, TB, and malaria at Kenya Medical Research Institute and the CDC
- Working on hygiene, sanitation, and environmental projects with Network for Water and Sanitation
- Supporting Amref Health Africa's projects in Kenya
- Providing healthcare and emotional support at Kenya's Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
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.
- The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
- 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
Please Note: Regions within Kenya are considered by the U.S. Department of State to be "High Risk", and/or have an advisory of "Reconsider Travel" or "Do Not Travel". Consult http://iso.virginia.edu/travel-alerts-notices-warnings and https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html to see if, based on your travel for university related purposes, you must submit a petition as part of your Education Abroad application per the UVA Policy on Student International Travel.