The Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment program offers you unique insight and exposure to health care policies, politics, and delivery methods in a multicultural and rapidly changing region of South America. Central to the program is an analysis of health reform intended primarily to improve health conditions of disadvantaged groups, particularly those in Chile, while also improving health care access for the population at large.
Based in Chile's northern-most city of Arica, you will carefully examine intercultural health and alternative healthcare practices in the context of Chile as well as southern Peru. You will consider different conceptions of wellness and healing, including beliefs and health practices of the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous groups. The program gives you the opportunity to experience Chile's health system firsthand with guided, insightful visits to public and private health centers.
For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Public Health, Traditional Medecine, and Community Empowerment
If you are interested in applying to an SIT program, we strongly advise you to meet with a program coordinator prior to applying.
SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, students are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.
Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. Applicants should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.
IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts:
- Completion of the GEO application process.
- Completion of the SIT application process.
Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.
- Two years college-level Spanish or the equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.
- Previous college-level coursework in public health, development studies, community or social sciences, or other related fields, as assessed by SIT.
Dates and Deadlines
|Term||Year||Final Deadline||Arrival Date||Departure Date|
|Fall Semester||2017||4/15/2017||Late August||Mid-December|
|Spring Semester||2018||10/1/2017||Late January||Early June|
Additional Date Information
To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.
Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.