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Explore the complexities of public health promotion and practice in Kenya and the tropics while gaining practical professional experience in public health.
WHY INTERN IN KENYA?
The Lake Victoria region is a site of infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/ AIDS, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases. In Kisumu, home to the largest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) facility outside North America on a joint campus of the Kenya Medical Research Institute, you’ll complete a five-week internship focused on public health. During your time here, you’ll also enjoy two weekend excursions, first, to Maasai Mara National Reserve, home to lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, and hippos; and then to Jinja, Uganda, a quiet town on Lake Victoria known as the source of the Nile.
- Complete an internship at the CDC or the Kenya Medical Research Institute.
- Reflect on western stereotypes and preconceptions about Kenya and Africa.
- Study Kiswahili, the lingua franca of East Africa.
- Take two weekend excursions to Maasai Mara National Reserve and Jinja, Uganda
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website
for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
- Complexities of public health promotion and practices in Kenya
- Adjusting to and working collaboratively in different cultures
- The ethics of internship in the context of Kenya
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
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IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL JHU APPLICANTS
There is a dual application process for this program:
(1) Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking on the green "Apply Now" button
(2) Students must complete the program application, which you can access on the program website.
Please make sure to abide by both the Hopkins and the program deadlines as they may be different.