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Public Health and Rural/Urban Medicine Internships in India

India, with over 1 billion people is a confluence of religions, languages and cultures. Here, 50% of the urban population lives below the poverty line. Participants will be immersed in ancient cultural traditions and complex healthcare systems.


In New Delhi, participants will stay in in a southern neighborhood of the city called Saket. The apartment is close to the local subway station and the area is considered up and coming, middle class neighborhood. There is a caretaker for the apartment who cleans, cooks the meals and takes care of any daily needs students may have.

In Dehradun, students will lodge with a local homestay family and in the village of Patti, lodging will be at the rural clinic, which has three bedrooms and two bathrooms downstairs. There is also a caretaker in the village of Patti who will cook, clean, etc. In the Hospital in Masoorie, students eat at the Hospital Cafeteria.  

All housing will be on a shared basis, two to three students per room. 

Students should be flexible, resilient and willing to live at the local level in very modest conditions.  Air conditioning is not guaranteed.  

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


2 (3 at times) meals a day for both programs.


Airport pick-up and drop off as well as intercity group transportation detailed below is included in the program fee:

  • Delhi to Dehradun
  • Dehradun - village of Patti - Dehradun
  • Dehradun to Delhi

Students should plan on packing light since this program rotates to a variety of sites.

Transportation within the city of Dehradun and during site visits to local NGO’s in Delhi is not included in the program. However, local personnel will accompany and provide guidance. 

Excursions and Day Trips

Short excursions and day trips will be included during orientation week.

Orientation week sample schedule:

  • City tour of Delhi.
  • NGO and Foundation visits
  • Welcome dinner and cultural show
  • Full day tour to the Taj Mahal and Agra
  • Lectures about Indian culture, customs, history, politics, economics, and public health.
  • 10 hours of Hindi Lessons

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About India

India bristles with a mind-stirring mix of landscapes and cultural traditions. Your journey through this intoxicating country will blaze in your memory long after you've left its shores. India loves to toss up the unexpected. This can be challenging, particularly for the first-time visitor: the poverty is confronting, Indian bureaucracy can be exasperating and the crush of humanity may turn the simplest task into a frazzling epic. Even veteran travellers find their nerves frayed at some point; yet this is all part of the India experience. With an ability to inspire, frustrate, thrill and confound all at once, adopting a 'go with the flow' attitude is wise if you wish to retain your sanity. Love it or loathe it – and most travellers see-saw between the two – to embrace India's unpredictability is to embrace her soul.

Source: Lonely Planet

Indian Currency: Rupees

Language Spoken: Hindi and English are India’s official languages

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