PHS 381 PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICUM 4 S.H.
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 TBD.
Fall Course Meeting Information
The fall pre-departure course will meet on Mondays from 5:30-7:10 p.m., location TBD.
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.
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 registration for Winter Term.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
The tentative dates for the program are TBD.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is TBD.
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.
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
- Meals while not at CRHP
- Personal spending money
- Optional activities
- Domestic flights to the US international departure airport
- Baggage fees
Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.
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 program.
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|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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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Winter||2019||09/03/2018 **||Rolling Admission||01/03/2019||01/24/2019|
|Winter||2020||09/02/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
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