“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
SPRING : November 1
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Examine how public health policy is shaped by today's social, economic, and political currents and ultimately put into practice in the world's most populous country. Gain hands-on experience in globally relevant health topics by pursuing an optional internship with a local or international organization.
The Public Health Policy and Practice program invites you to examine how public health policy is shaped by social, economic, and political currents and ultimately put into practice in the world's most populous country. Maximize your learning by tailoring classes to your academic focus, enrollling in the required core course and three to four elective courses, including an internship opportunity.
- Public Health Policy and Practice in China (3 U.S. semester credit hours) Public health policy in China has been shaped by rapid and profound economic, social, and political currents. This course examines those developments and their implications for public health practice. Contemporary issues in health policy at national and local levels will be explored within the context of the health system. Topics include the former One Child Policy and family planning, caring for an aging population, child and maternal health, health literacy, and regional and urban/rural variations in health.
Developing skills in a foreign language can profoundly impact your life personally and professionally. Though language study (other than Essential Chinese) is not required, students frequently report their Chinese language class as one of their favorites and the one they applied most outside of the classroom.
- Essential Chinese (1 U.S. semester credit hours) If you've never studied Chinese before, and you decide not to take an elective language class, you'll take this introductory seminar to contemporary Chinese language and culture taught intensively during the first weeks of the program. By introducing key words and phrases and venturing out into the city to practice them, you'll gain essential skills to communicate effectively and navigate in a new culture.
- Chinese Language (6 U.S. semester credit hours): No prior language study is required. A placement exam during on-site orientation determines each student's appropriate language level.
- Business Chinese I or Business Chinese II (3 U.S. semester credit hours) You must have completed three semesters of Chinese language prior to taking this course. You will develop specialized skills in business-related Chinese communication in both oral and written form.
Customize your semester based on your personal interests and degree requirements, choosing from electives on the Public Health program as well as our 21st Century City and International Business offerings. All electives are taught in English. Not all electives may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment and faculty availability.
- Internship and Methodology Seminar: Interns are placed in Chinese or international non-profits, corporations, consulting firms, or think-tanks focused on promoting public and environmental health. Placements are highly competitive, and other foreign languages and professional skills assist in the placement process as well. Interns spend approximately 10 hours per week at the internship site and complete a final academic paper with an accompanying oral presentation. Internships are supervised by a faculty advisor who meets with students both individually and as a group throughout the term.
- Environmental Health: Environmental health concerns in China, particularly surrounding air and water pollution, are well documented and widely acknowledged on the international stage. Rapid growth in China's industry and economy have led to increasing health hazards for Chinese people in their communities, homes, schools, and even workplaces. In this course, students explore the various issues policy makers consider when undertaking risk assessment and developing regulatory policies to reduce these negative impacts while maintaining a trajectory of economic growth.
- Nutrition, Food Safety and Security: With the recent development of the China Food and Drug Administration, as well as public demand for improvement in the management of food safety risks, issues of nutrition and food security permeate many Chinese policy agendas. China's cultural and political landscapes provide an ideal context for exploring these complex and interconnected topics. This course allows students to examine how China's regional diversity, uneven economic development, and varied dietary consumption patterns impact policy decisions and regulatory standards.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine: Over 3,000 years, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system for diagnosing and treating disease as well as cultivating life-long health. A combination of classroom sessions and hands-on TCM practica provides a lens through which students can better understand the Chinese cultural context in which today's public health policy is implemented. This course introduces basic TCM theories, useful daily diagnostics, and treatment methods including acupressure, Chinese herbs, dietary adjustments, cupping, reflexology, acupuncture, and exercises such as tai chi.
- Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context: Through a creative asynchronous online format, this course facilitates active engagement with your host community, exploration of cultural identity and examination of diversity in the context of political, economic and sociocultural structures. Students develop personal strategies for engaging with differences of any kind following the study abroad experience, making it an ideal course for those seeking transferable skills and competencies for success in the global marketingplace. Home institution approval is required for enrollment.
In Shanghai, students have the opportunity to participate in a part-time, credit-bearing internship at sites that may include Chinese or international non-profits, corporations, or think-tanks focused on promoting public and environmental health. The placement process begins with the submission of the Field Component Intent Form upon acceptance into the program and typically concludes with an in-person interview in China.
IFSA makes every effort to place student interns at companies or organizations that match the organization's needs with a student's skills, experience, and goals, including but not limited to the student's Chinese language level and communication skills, prior professional experience, and work competencies. Applicants are encouraged to be flexible. Internships may include opportunities to:
- Research and draft grant proposals for funding available to non-profit organizations for health promotion campaigns
- Coordinate planning and implementation of environmentally focused conferences and events
- Participate in monitoring and evaluation of a large-scale sanitation and hygiene project in rural provinces of China
- Assist in organizing accessible group field trips that contribute to the well-being of differently abled community members
- Support public relations campaigns for an international policy consulting firm
- Document and report on disasters in the Asia-Pacific region using a proprietary management information system
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost.
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What Our Students Say
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
Student, New Zealand
“I’ve learned about the culture my family comes from, more about the world in general, and the different ways there are to simply live. Above all, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. I was able to connect with peers on the program, IFSA staff, and the local culture. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
“I enjoyed study abroad the most when I got courage to speak at my first poetry SLAM, befriend a fanzine publisher, and speak up (in my broken Spanish) in my film class. Having the courage to own who I am made me feel good.
Unpacked: Student Stories
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