Host Institution: 

SWASTI: Health Resource Center (non-governmental organization)


Bangalore, India

Application Deadlines: 
  • Min. GPA 2.5
  • Interview/Individual meeting with program faculty
  • Short Essay
  • Applicants must have an open mind, a drive to learn, and a dedication to social justice.

Application deadline EXTENDED: Apr. 15, 2017

Program Details: 

Program Dates: Jul. 29 - Aug. 26, 2017 (tentative)

The education abroad experience provides the ideal opportunity for undergraduates to learn about global and community health topics, while fully immersed in hands-on ‘real world’ projects. It is located in the city of Bangalore, India, which provides exposure to a plethora of cultures. We will work in close collaboration with SWASTI: HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER in Bangalore. Our existing partnership with SWASTI will help facilitate student excursions to communities in and around Bangalore for experiential learning. It will also provide an opportunity for students to integrate classroom learning with hands-on community-based activities.

Collectively, courses included in this program introduce students to social and individual determinants of health both from a local and global perspective. The courses help students develop a framework to examine health from a viewpoint that defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. In doing so, students begin to understand the often-overlapping dimensions of the three domains of health and, more importantly, appreciate how social and cultural factors influence an individual’s or community’s health status. In addition, students will enroll in a 2-credit research and scholarship seminar (H401), which will allow them to identify a course-related topic of their choice, integrate site visits to learn more about the topic, conduct independent research on the topic, and write a synthesis paper. By combining classroom learning, research and scholarship, and site visits that specifically relate to the course material, students will develop a nuanced understanding of health both in theory and practice.

Topics covered: Public Health, International Development, Health Disparities, Social and Behavioral Health, Research Methods and Community Health.

All students will be housed at Green Path Guest House which is closely located to the SWASTI office building where our classes will be held. All students will have shared accommodation in rooms with access to WIFI, laundry, meals, and in easy convenience to public transport.

For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan Garcia or Dr. Sunil Khanna in CPHHS.

Academic Emphasis: 
Public Health
Program Administrator: 
OSU Faculty-Led
Program Costs: 
  • Tuition (9 credits): $1,737
  • Participant Fee: $2,920
  • Accident & Sickness Insurance: $60
  • SHS travel consulation: $18

(includes: lodging, some group meals, ground transportation, etc.)

  • International Airfare: $1,800 (estimate)
  • U.S. Passport: $135
  • Visa: $65
  • Books & Supplies: $0
  • Meals (not included in the Participant Fee): $150
  • Incidentals and miscellaneous: $200

Total Program Cost Estimate: $7,085