Through the SIT South Africa Community Health and Social Policy program, Whitman students can examine primary health care concerns from a South African perspective exploring roles of the South African state, the media, nongovernmental organizations, community structures, and traditional healers.

Fields of study:

Interdisciplinary studies related to community health, Zulu language


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); ability to live in a culture very different from one’s own and to adjust to the living conditions of the developing world.

Language Prerequisite:


Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


August – December, January – May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Approaches to Community Health in South Africa (3 credits)
The Practice and Provision of Community Health in South Africa (3 credits)
Intensive Language Study: Zulu (3 credits)
Social and Community Health Research Methods (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Four-week homestay with a Zulu-speaking family.  Several three-day homestays in rural areas.  Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, or small hotels.


All meals for the entire program period are covered either by SIT directly, or through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.




Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

SIT: South Africa Community Health and Social Policy