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  • Locations: Aurangabad, India; Jamkhed, India
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Course Description

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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.

**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.**


Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 169

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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.

Spring Meeting Information

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

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Wednesdays from 8:00-9:10 AM. Location TBA.


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.

Activity Level: Moderate

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as moderate, which means you will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.

Villagers walking



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.

Cancellation Policy


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

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The tentative dates for the program are January 2, 2019 - January 24, 2019.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is Newark, New Jersey (EWR).
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



  • 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.


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



Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in 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


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. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Connect with us

Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM

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!

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

Program Leader 1: Resa Walch
Senior Lecturer in Wellness
CB 2525, 230 Koury Athletic Center

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



Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 


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
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 08/31/2017
Rolling Admission 01/03/2018 01/24/2018
NOTE: See the Deadlines Webpage for Winter Term 2019 information.
Winter 2019 09/03/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2019 01/24/2019
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

March 5: Priority application period begins.

March 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Priority period deadline. All applications received during the priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.

March 27: Status notification for students that applied by the priority deadline.

Change period begins. Students that applied by the priority deadline can change into an open program by completing a Change Form (available in the GEC starting March 27).

March 29: Rolling period begins. All programs with spots remaining will reopen for application. New applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Final application and deposit credit deadline. Students accepted to programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit credited to their account.

Sept. 4, 5 p.m. EDT: Final deadline for students on a wait list to enroll in an open program. No students will be accepted into programs off of wait lists after this date. Students that are not accepted into programs will have the deposit credited to their account after this date.

Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** 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.

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