Center for Public Health Sciences

Summer Institute in Global Health : Studying in India

Public Health Challenges in India

The Summer Institute in Global Health will focus on the challenges of research on health in a globalized world, including the complexity of adapting methodology, ethical issues, and the logistic and legal barriers. 

This course uses India as a unique example in global health research. As a developing country emergant to economic and political power, it exemplifies a culture faced with a daunting public health challenge. 

In India’s emerging economy, globalization has led to significant (and accelerated) cultural, political and economic changes. Increased immigration and the growth of democratic values in the west has led to a changing demographic picture in developed societies and consequent changes in sociocultural and political systems. These changes require adaptation on both the individual and the cultural level, and causes stress, requiring resources to cope.

The heterogeneity of India’s people, cultures and a democratic philosophy with emphasis on individual freedom of choice, makes the task of understanding its people particularly complex. The challenge is salient when it comes to health. India has a long history of a mind-body perspective on health through its traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda. Hence, cultural and spiritual values are also intricately entwined with health and well-being.


Partnership with BITS-Pilani

The Summer Institute takes place at The Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS Pilani), an Indian Institute for higher education. Over the years, BITS has provided the highest quality technical education to students from all over India admitted on the basis of merit. Its graduates may be found throughout the world in all areas of engineering, science and commerce. BITS is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community.

Students participating in the Summer Institute take advantage of studying alongside BITS faculty and students, on the school’s Goa campus.

"I wanted to expand my academic realm beyond my clinical knowledge. The program caught my attention as it looked into health-related issues and innovations in a globalized world."

– Dr. Shashank
2013 Winter Institute participant

"It’s impossible to come back from the program and look at the world in the same way as before."

– Natasha
2013 Winter Institute participant

"I never realized all the steps involved in creating a research proposal. The entire experience has trained me for my future research goals."

– Amina
2013 Winter Institute participant
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