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  • Locations: Aurangabad, India; Ellora Caves, India; Jamkhed, India; Mumbai, India
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Mobile Health Team 2

Course Description


Three weeks of direct practice and observation in a public health organization provide the opportunity for students to apply and conceptualize various aspects of health care delivery using this approach. Student learning will be guided and enhanced through weekly seminars, written assignments, and faculty site visits.

Prerequisites: PHS 201 or by permission of the instructor.

  • This Winter Term course satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • This course may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Additional Course Information

The practicum is a field experience designed to orient students to various areas of public health work. Three weeks of observation and practice at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed, and discussions with staff/volunteers will allow students to explore various aspects of public health practice.  Student learning will be guided and enhanced through course readings, discussions/seminars, and written assignments. The goal of this course is to provide the student with an overview of public health work in a cross-cultural, global setting and with exposure to a wide range of experiences in the field. The practicum serves to integrate previous course work and learning experiences. 

This course will immerse students in the work of the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) in Jamkhed, located in Maharashtra, India. As described on their website, CRHP “(H)as been working among the rural poor and marginalized for over 40 years. By partnering with village communities and expanding upon local knowledge and resources the project aims to effectively meet the immediate and long term needs of these groups, especially women. With values of compassion, justice, respect and trust, CRHP works to empower people, families and communities, regardless of caste, race or religion, through integrated efforts in health and development.” 

CRHP was one of the first programs to utilize Village Health Workers--women trained in basic health care and community development--a highly successful approach that has been emulated worldwide. Other programs include a mobile health team that travels to villages to provide health care and facilitate development activities, Women’s Development Groups, Farmers’ Clubs for men, and a hospital/outpatient clinic.

Students will receive a thorough orientation to the CRHP approach and will see their work in action in the surrounding villages. We will have faculty-led class meetings as well as site visits and trainings conducted by CRHP staff. Once oriented, students will work with translators in the hospital and with the mobile health teams to provide a range of services to the community. Additionally, through close interactions with our partners at CRHP, Elon students will develop an appreciation for the lifestyle in Jamkhed, for the concerns and aspirations of the community, and for the successes, needs, and strategies of CRHP. Students will also explore local culture, history, political history and structures, and the role of NGOs in the developing world.

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We will be staying on the grounds of CRHP in dorm-like accommodations for most of the course (meals are provided at CRHP).

Tentative Itinerary

  • Arrive Mumbai and travel to CRHP in Jamkhed, Maharashtra

  • Orientation to CRHP and rural development

  • Visit cattle market in Jamkhed

  • Travel to nearby Aurangabad and visit the fort

  • Visit Ellora Caves and silk factory

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.

Eligibility & Application Deadlines

The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.

**NOTE: Public Health Studies (PHS) major are given application preference for this program. Students who are not PHS majors will be placed on a wait list.**

See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. 

  • February 28, 2017:  All Fall 2017 travel-embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA programs are announced.
  • March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs. 
  • 11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline.  All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission. 
  • March 28, 2017: Notification begins.  The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.
  • March 28, 2017: Change period begins.  Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28). 
  • March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins.  New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • August 31, 2017: Final deadline for Study Abroad programs.
  • September 4, 2017:  Deposit refund deadline for Study Abroad programs.  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**
  • September 14, 2017:  Final deadline and refund deadline for Study USA programs.  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.

Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.

Pre-departure Course: GBL 169

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall pre-departure course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for winter term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of winter term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.


The spring meeting date, time, and location to be announced.


The fall pre-departure course will take place on Tuesdays (beginning on August 29) from 5:30-7:10 P.M., location to be announced.

Cancellation Policy

To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.

Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
  • September 4 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • September 15 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
  • October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
  • October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
  • Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
Note: You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.

Deposit Refunds - If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at or 336.278.5300.

*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.

If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in the fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).
The cost of this program includes:
  • Shared accommodations
  • Meals while staying at CRHP
  • International health insurance
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Transportation to all course-related activities
  • Admission to all scheduled sites, museums, and cultural events
  • Faculty and CRHP educators
  • Round-trip international airfare from the US departure airport
The cost of this program does not include:
  • Meals while not at CRHP
  • Personal spending money
  • Medications/vaccines
  • Books
  • Optional activities
  • Domestic flights to the US international departure airport
  • Baggage fees

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Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. 

Additional Links

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email--they are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!

For More Information

Program Leader 1: Amanda Tapler
Department of Health and Human Performance
Public Health Studies Program
CB 2525, 230 Koury Athletic Center

Program Leader 2: Resa Walch
Senior Lecturer in Health and Human Performance
Koury Center (Athletics) 231
2525 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244 

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)

previous participants

The most unique part about this India trip was really getting to interact with the local culture. I learned way more than I ever could have from meeting with community members and village health workers than from a book. It feels so great to see the things I learn in class translate to the real world.
     — Lily Merritt, Winter 2014
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 08/31/2017
Rolling Admission 01/02/2018 01/24/2018
  • March 6: Priority period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, March 16: Priority deadline.
  • March 28: Decision date; Change period begins.
  • March 30: Rolling period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, Aug. 31: Study Abroad final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • 11:59 PM, Sept. 14: Study USA final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • See the Deadlines and Cancellation Policy page for full deadline information.

    The start date is the date students are expected to meet at the U.S. departure airport. The end date is the date students will meet back at that same airport.

    These dates reflect the best information available to the GEC but are subject to change. Please do not purchase domestic flight tickets based on the dates listed here.

    ** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

    Indicates that deadline has passed

    This program is currently not accepting applications.