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SIT/ Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment
Arica, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: Brandeis applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/24/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2016 02/24/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Field Study Program, Study Center
Program Language(s):
Area of Study(s):
Anthropology, Health: Science, Society & Policy, Hispanic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies
Minimum Semesters of Previous Language Study Required:
Housing Options:
Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Experiential Learning Opportunities:
Field Study
Program Description:
students at local hospital
Gain unique insight and exposure to health care policies, politics, and delivery methods in a multicultural and rapidly changing region of South America.

Central to the program is an analysis of health reform intended primarily to improve health conditions of disadvantaged groups, particularly those in Chile, while also improving health care access for the population at large.

Students carefully examine intercultural health and alternative healthcare practices in the context of Chile as well as southern Peru. Students consider different conceptions of wellness and healing, including beliefs and health practices of the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous groups. The program gives students the opportunity to experience Chile's health system firsthand with guided, insightful visits to public and private health centers.

Learning is conducted through thematic lectures, field study, and educational excursions, which challenge students to consider topics such as: 

  • The economic, structural, and ideological determinants of public health planning and practices in Chile
  • Questions of social exclusion in relation to public health outreach
  • Chile's Indigenous Health System
  • Alternative treatments of psychiatric and other mental health issues
  • The connection between healing and spiritual beliefs
  • Health of women, children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly
  • Issues of access related to alternative methods of health treatment
  • Linkages between public health and community empowerment
  • Chile's national health system compared to private health systems



The program is based in the beautiful city of Arica located on Chile's northern coast. Arica is home to Universidad de Tarapacá, which contains the most extensive and complete library in the north of Chile and is where the program's classes are held.  Many of the program's lecturers are drawn from the University's faculty, and students enjoy access to the University's facilities, including its sports facilities.

Excursions to the nearby city of Putre, across the border to Tacna, Peru, and to Temuco (in southern Chile) help students better understand health policy issues within different indigenous contexts.  The program is designed to provide future professional health practitioners, policymakers, social activists, and others with an essential understanding of Latin American cultures within the health services field.

Intensive Spanish language instruction and an eight-week homestay complement thematic coursework and field study and further integrate students in Chilean society.

Brandeis Specific Information

Application Process:

Students wanting to apply to this program must submit two applications:
  1. to the Brandeis Office of Study Abroad. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website in order to obtain more information about internal application process, advising hours, academic credit, and financial aid transfer.
  2. to the external program listed above. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website for more information on commonaly asked questions about the external application process like deadlines, program approval forms, paying deposits, etc...

Scholarship Details:

Students interested in learning more about (other) study abroad scholarship opportunities should visit the scholarship section of the Brandeis study abroad website.
*Please note that all information is subject to change. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.