University of Oregon

SIT: Public Health, Race, and Human Rights in Salvador

Program Overview

This program will no longer be available after the Fall 2017 Semester.

SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation.

In this program you will examine emerging health care issues in Brazil, particularly those related to the country's African Diaspora population which comprises approximately 50 percent of Brazil's population. Sharply focused on issues of access and inclusion, the program examines Brazil's health care system in the context of institutionalized racism, poverty, and social exclusion. Particular attention is spent studying traditional Afro Brazilian healing practices, especially those rooted in the Candomblé spiritual belief system, on which many rural and urban communities still rely.

The program is based in Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia and the largest city in the Brazilian northeast. Of Salvador's 2.8 million residents, approximately 80 percent are of African descent, making Salvador an ideal base from which to explore issues of public health, community welfare, and social justice. You will also have educational excursions to rural communities outside Salvador where they engage in health care projects beneficial to local community members.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Public Health, Race, and Human Rights


Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the Public Health, Race, and Human Rights program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor 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, you 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. You 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. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

  • 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.


Additional Requirements

A background in Portuguese, Spanish, or other Romance language is highly recommended.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20171/2/2017Late AugustMid-December

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.

Priority Discounts

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.

Course Equivalencies

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.