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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
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 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
In cooperation with the School for International Training (SIT), Ohio State offers the option of enrolling at multiple programs based in South Africa.
Students may participate in the following:
South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy- Semester length
An examination of community-based health concerns from a South African perspective, exploring the roles of the South African state, the media, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) mobilizing existing assets on a community level.
Durban, South Africa
Students will be housed in local homestays
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Courses and Credits
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
- Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
- Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
- Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.
for course information.
Applicants are required to have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, meet the program-specific pre- requisites and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. SIT application.
IMPORTANT: Both applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov
Students will pay the School for International Training program fee and the GeoBlue supplemental international health insurance fee.A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The SIT program fee includes tuition, housing, on-site orientation. Airfare, some meals, books and supplies, international supplemental health insurance,personal expenses and independent travel are not included in the program fee.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
Students should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov
(travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel
(pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria
, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.