India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course

Our India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course emphasizes the significance of social determinants of health in a globalized world.

Join a dynamic, interdisciplinary group of learners during the University of Minnesota's winter break course in Mysore, India to explore health, health care delivery, and social determinants in the context of globalization in India. This course is taught through a combination of classroom-based activities and site visits to health care facilities, cultural sites, and community locations.

 

 

Global Health in India Programs Spotlight

This experience demonstrated the power of a strong community health worker network, for the health of all people, to help achieve health equity in rural areas.

Chelsea Kline (Maternal and Child Health ’19) made a purposeful decision when she began her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, as she wanted to dedicate her studies on the exploration of the influences on health seeking behavior. Chelsea participated in the India: Global Health, Globalization, and Leadership course during her second year of her graduate program.

Learn more about Chelsea's experience.

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India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course

In the India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course, participants learn about health and health care delivery in the context of globalization in India. The course is designed to convey the significance of the social determinants of health in a globalized world, with an emphasis on globalization, economic growth and development, and their effects on health.

This course is taught through a combination of classroom-based activities and site visits to health care facilities, cultural sites, and community locations. Also included is an intensive leadership workshop which focuses on leadership skills needed to function in a globalized world. The course has been designed with particular emphasis on including learners from various disciplines to broaden perspectives and enrich the learning experience.

Mysore Placement

In this placement course, students participate in a 2- to 4-week project related to public health, health care delivery and/or other community activities. Dr. Shailey Prasad (Course Instructor) will interview applicants at the University of Minnesota to discuss the placement opportunity as it connects to the applicant's goals. This opportunity is intended to follow the India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course, although other arrangements are possible.

    Placements vary based on the goals of the student including a clinical placement at Vivekananda Memorial Hospital, a rural-tribal hospital in Saragur (70 km from Mysore).

    Examples of Past Projects 

    • Addressing regional and social disparities in status of health and public health infrastructure and fostering involvement of local communities in governance and monitoring of public health institutions.
    • Mapping community involvement initiatives in different sectors of rural development tried by the government (and other important institutions) in India.
    • Field mapping of patterns of community involvement, levels of communitization achieved and perceived, aiding and hindering forces in community involvement initiatives across different sectors of development and across different regions.
    • Participatory action research for attaining the right combination of roles, power and responsibilities, structure and monitoring mechanisms of community participation.
    • Quality education among tribal children in the context of Right to Education (RTE)
    • Re‐Understanding reasons for child labor with specific reference to the attitudinal reasons of parents and its relationship with the disability of children

     


     

    Discover How to Apply

    This course is open to graduate and professional students with academic credit offered at the University of Minnesota. Past cohorts have included students from public health, medicine, public policy, education, social work, and more. This 2 and half week course occurs at the end of December into January with the option to extend for a 2- or 4-week clinical placement.


     

    Host Organizations

    This program is offered in partnership with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM)  and Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), a unit of SVYM. They have worked in the fields of health, public health, advocacy, and education in southern India for three decades, and have educational collaborations with institutes of higher education around the world.

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