Global Health Summer Program

The Department of International Health offers a global health program in China for undergraduates in collaboration with Fudan University in Shanghai.

Z. Jennifer Huang, PhD, associate professor of international health, leads the program.  The six-credit program specifically focuses on aspects of global health with relevance to developments in China, in particular on the current issues in disease control and prevention, including emerging diseases and on the evolution of health services in the context of rapid economic development.

Program Features

During the five-week experience, students participate in two seminar classes, which are taught in English:

The first, “Better Health: Key to China’s Development,” examines the evolution of health, the health systems, and the process of economic development in the People’s Republic of China since its founding in 1949.

And the second, “Changing Patterns of Disease Control and Prevention,” highlights the changing patterns of disease and the corresponding health policies – focusing on related health issues in the country’s rural and urban areas.

In addition to classroom work, students participate in excursions to sites of public health interest, including a migrant community, national centers for disease control and surveillance, and international health organizations in Beijing and Shanghai where they meet with local health care workers and leaders in international health.

Program participants are introduced to Chinese culture through a “buddy” program with students at the Fudan University School of Public Health.

Participants also benefit from Chinese language instruction useful for navigation in the dynamic and international city of Shanghai.

2014 Program Brochure

To download the brochure for the 2014 program, click here.


For more information, contact professor Z. Jennifer Huang, PhD, the Susan H. Mayer Professor for Health Equity, or the university's Office of Global Education.