ARTH’s collaboration with Duke University:
ARTH is collaborating with Duke University in a program called “Global Semester Abroad” whereby a group of students from Duke University spend half the Spring Semester (mid-January through early March) in Udaipur. Subsequently, the students spend half the semester in China, to understand the similarities and differences between health and development issues between the two countries. These students attend specialized classes on global health and development, while also undertaking field assignments in villages of this area. Classroom subjects include water and sanitation, maternal and child health, global burden of disease, abortion issues, child nutrition and more. Field subjects students explored this year included health education, faith healers, reproductive health issues and education, unwanted pregnancies, alcohol consumption and its effects and water and sanitation. The students spend an average of 3 days in the classroom and 3 days in the field every week. Throughout their studies in Udaipur, students also have the opportunity to stay with host families in order to get a more in-depth experience of this community and culture.
The full program details are available at the web site: http://studyabroad.duke.edu/home/Programs/Semester/Global_Semester_Abroad. The students are advanced undergraduates who focus on public health and development. Classes in these subjects are taught by faculty from Duke University, ARTH, IIM-Ahmedabad and other specialists. Professors and NGO mentors jointly supervise students’ field assignments.