Global Health and Social Development in India (SASS 375G/575)

Program Location (Please list all cities and countries): India (New Delhi, Vrindavan, Agra, Jaipur, Tilonia, Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore)

Program Dates: January 2, 2017 – January 15, 2017 (Saturday pre-trip seminars September 24 and November 5; Saturday post-trip seminar January 28, 2017)

Faculty Leaders:

Deborah Jacobson, Assistant Professor   216.368.6014

Tej Pareek, Adjunct Professor and Research Associate  216.368.4994

Course Description:

This 3-credit experiential course will focus on health and socio-economic issues of development to a fast-changing India. This course will familiarize students with Indian social development and social policy issues in regards to multicultural aspects of healthcare, poverty alleviation, non-formal education, and application of information communication technologies in addressing social problems. In India the course will include guided tours of neighborhoods, field action project sites, health, social and educational institutions and government establishments. Daily lectures by practicing social workers, healthcare professionals, policy advocates, field workers, government officials and eminent Indian scholars and researchers will further enhance students’ understanding. Students will also become acquainted with the history and culture of India, its social, political and economic development and the impact it has on the delivery of social services.

While in-country, students will not only experience the challenges and opportunities of rising economy but will also learn from the rich historic and cultural heritage of India. Over 15 days, students will spend 13 days in India, travel 1,800 km by bus and train, cover four major states, six major cities, and visit 19 major project sites focused on global health and social development. Some project sites include (subject to change):

  • Vrindavan- visit Vatsalyagram, a non-profit focusing on child and women empowerment with a unique alternative to women’s shelters and orphanages (
  • Agra- visit the Tajmahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Jaipur- visit to Jaipur Foot, an NGO that provides prosthetics free of charge (; visit Akshaya Patra and attend a workshop at the world’s largest mid-day meal program (; visit SURMAN Project, a unique child orphanage (; visit Ayurveda to participate in a yoga workshop to better understand traditional preventive medicine
  • Tilonia- visit Barefoot College (
  • Sawai Madhopur- visit the Tiger Safari and Village to experience forest ecology and traditional rural life in India
  • New Delhi- meet with policy makers of Polio Eradication; visit the Lotus Temple; visit Goonji Project, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating poverty through civic engagement (

For more information contact Valerie Rambin (, International Program Manager

Contact Nancy Issa ( for Financial Aid eligibility for travel costs