NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs.
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 the majority of South Africans struggling with systemic poverty, which has inevitable impacts on health and wellness. Learn new ways of seeing and being as you engage with communities through localized and global perspectives, thanks to community partnerships that have been nurtured over decades. You will learn and practice the isiZulu language and travel from city to village to appreciate the importance of context. As part of a lecture series, you’ll hear from academics, healthcare workers, and researchers. Stay with diverse homestay families and witness how different communities confront obstacles to healthcare access. During the program, enjoy the Durban beachfront; see wildlife in Kruger Park; visit Boulders Beach penguin colony, and journey to Cape Point, Africa’s most southwesterly tip.
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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