Health & Medicine in India
Compare the social and cultural contexts of health and medicine in both India and the US.
Mysore, India, is a mid-sized city in the southern Indian state of Karnataka known for its beautiful palaces, ornate temples, and royal heritage. This global experience will allow you to more fully understand health, healthcare, and public health in the context of a historical culture and a rapidly developing economy of India.The future health of our world’s population requires a generation of creative, motivated, strategic, expansive thinkers prepared to collaborate across disciplines and sectors to proactively address the complexity of health needs, especially in under-resourced communities throughout the world. Mysore, India, is an ideal place to learn about the unique challenges faced in urban and rural communities in southern India.
In this course, explore areas in and around Mysore, India, to compare the social and cultural contexts of Indian and American health and medicine. While abroad, take classes at Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), an educational institution of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), a leading NGO in the field of health and development in India. At SVYM, take classes taught by physicians who have worked in a variety of roles in the Indian health care system.
Prior to departure for India, you will be assigned to teams and given a global health case study based in India. You will gather information and perspectives on site to develop a proposed solution, which you will present at the end of the course at an evening poster presentation event.
For the two weeks in India, learn from health professionals, travel to rural communities and urban centers, and explore the dynamics of a rapidly developing community with significant health and wealth disparities. Observe the role that culture plays as it interacts with health and health care in a country that still faces the remnants of being colonized.
Upon returning to the University of Minnesota, you will continue exploring global health by comparing and contrasting aspects of health in India and the US. You will finalize your teams’ case study solutions and prepare to present at the class case competition.
Housing & Meals
You will stay in shared rooms in dormitories within walking distance of the education center. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided, offering a wide array of vegetarian Indian meals. One weekend at a jungle retreat with accommodations and dinner/breakfast is also included.
Field visits and excursions will illuminate the coursework and may include:
- Mysore Palace and Chamundi Temple
- Mysore Medical College and Hospital
- The ancient city of Sharavanabelagoia
- Sargur Medical School
- Kenchanahalli Hospital
All program participants will take the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight; you will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center about your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.
- Describe global health competencies and the roles and responsibilities of all health providers when entering into a relationship with any global community
- Provide examples of the social determinants of health as seen or experienced in India compared to the US
- Compare health, health systems, and the One Health approach between India and the US
Faculty & Staff
This seminar is led by Karin Hamilton, DVM, MPH, Pre-Health Student Resource Center. She has extensive experience working globally in 14 countries in health fields and has led multiple student programs to Thailand related to global health, interprofessional/One Health, and intercultural development.
The on-campus course component is co-taught by Tricia Todd, Director of the Pre-Health Student Resource Center at the University of Minnesota and an adjunct instructor in the School of Public Health. She has led many programs abroad through the University and serves on the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility Leadership Team.
One 3-credit course
This is an embedded spring semester course, with the abroad portion in India taking place over winter break and on-campus classes taking place in the first half of the spring semester. On-campus Spring Semester 2022 course meets: Wednesdays 1:25-2:15pm, Jan 19-Mar 2, plus an additional session from 5-7:30pm on March 2, 2022. Abroad term: Winter Break 2022.
Coursework will include journal entries throughout the entire course to facilitate meaningful reflection, as well as team assignments, building up to the final case competition-style presentation.
Eligible students: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors (best for those interested in health field careers)
Receive credit for: AHS 3001
Approved for: Global Perspectives
Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
|Program Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Winter Break 2022||December 29, 2021 - January 15, 2022||October 1, 2021|
Program dates are subject to change.
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 25 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
On Campus Dates
Wednesdays 1:25-2:15pm, Jan 19-Mar 2, 2022 plus an additional session from 5-7:30pm on the final March 2nd session.
Orientation Dates & Locations
Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|Winter Break 2022||TBD||TBD|
Winter Break 2022 Cost of Participation forthcoming
The cost of participation includes educational costs, group flight airfare, program administration, housing, most meals, international health insurance, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, and local transportation. Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. Generally, program fees range between $4,500-$5,500. You must also budget for visa, passport and passport photos, meals not included (most are included), spending money, and miscellaneous living expenses.
If you are registered for less than 13-credits, or if you are a non-UofM student, you will be charged tuition for this course in addition to the program fee. Notify the Learning Abroad Center if this applies to you.
If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.
Billing & Payments
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Financial Aid & Scholarships
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Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.
Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
Be aware: Learning Abroad Center programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
US Passport holders require a visa to study on this program. In order to obtain a visa, you must have a valid passport. Due to COVID-19, passport processing times are currently delayed. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now, and pay for expedited processing.
You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:
- Application Essay
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.
Register for On-Campus Course
Your participation on this program is secured by applying and confirming through the Learning Abroad Center application process first.
Once confirmed, you will also need to register for the on-campus course AHS 3001. You will receive a permission code in order to register for the course.
Note: Registering for the course, but not confirming through the Learning Abroad Center, will not hold your spot in the program.
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