SIT: South Africa Community Health and Social Policy

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:

Zulu language and Interdisciplinary studies related to community health

Eligibility:

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.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring

Calendar:

August – December, January – May

Credits:

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

Housing:

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.

Meals:

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.

Deadline:

Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.

Scholarships:

SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

SIT: South Africa Community Health and Social Policy