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  • Locations: Chengdu, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UTSA applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Public Health/Epidemiology Internship in China            

ChengduChengdu, China
Chengdu is the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province. Chengdu's history dates back to at least the 4th century B.C., when it served as capital for the Shu Kingdom. Artifacts from that dynasty are the focus of the Jinsha Site Museum. The city is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat.

This course was developed with the School of Public Health at Sichuan University, one of the largest public universities, first established in 1986, in the Southwestern part of China. Students will experience a combination of classroom instruction, public-health focused field work and hospital data collection. This program will provide students with an in-depth understanding of public health in a global setting.

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology
Thankam Sunil
Dr. Thankam Sunil is a professor in the Department of Sociology. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Statistics from the University of Kerala, India. He received his first Ph.D. in Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences and his second Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Texas. Dr. Sunil has produced publications that have been presented both nationally and internationally on topics in Social Science and Medicine, Vaccine, World Development, and Maternal Child Health among others.
Language(s) of Instruction

Prerequisites for participation:
SOC 1043 – Introduction to Public Health
SOC 3543 – Data Management in Public Health
SOC 4073 – Social and Behavioral Theories in Public Health 

Academic Information
Students will earn 6 hours of in-residence credit. Students register for the UTSA course (SOC 4926.02S.) during summer registration.
*Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Classified as a Sophomore+
  • Completed prerequisites prior to program start
Students will stay in groups in dorms at Sichuan University. Students are required to live in program housing.
Program Costs
2018 programs costs are estimated at $4000.
Program fees include hotel accommodations, breakfast, in-country transportation, group flight, and study abroad and departmental fees. Deposit of $2,000 will be due January 19, 2018. Note: This does not include tuition.
Program Dates
Summer 2018
                June 28, 2018 – July 15, 2018

Next Step
For more information, please contact Dr. Thankam Sunil at 210.458.5617 or via email at
Students must contact Jean Antao ( for instructions for making the initial deposit.

This program is currently not accepting applications.