Public Health and Rural/Urban Medicine Internships in India
Each UC Davis Summer Abroad Internship program pairs UC Davis Study Abroad with a partner organization that manages the personalized internship placements; arranges accommodations and excursions; leads onsite orientations and optional social events; and provides 24/7 emergency support. As part of the placement process for Summer Internships, participants will first enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad and then complete a supplemental application for the partner organization associated with their particular Summer Internship program.
Although Study Abroad partners with outside organizations for some aspects of Summer Abroad Internships, the official provider for these programs is UC Davis Study Abroad, and course credit is issued by UC Davis.
Internship Placement Process
After students enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad in the India—Public Health & Rural/Urban Medicine Summer Internship program, they will receive instructions for completing a separate application and portal for this program’s partner, Child Family Health International (CFHI). CFHI’s process includes a supplemental application. Note that some CFHI programs include placements and activities at multiple internship sites while others place students at one internship for the duration of the program. No interviews are required in the placement process.
The first week of the program will be spent in New Delhi. This week will include welcome orientation where basic information about transportation, safety guidelines and other logistical matters will be covered. This week will also include activities and lectures to provide you with a better understanding of today’s India. The activities for orientation week will include educational field trips, 10 hours of Hindi lessons, and various lectures focusing on Indian culture, history, politics and most pressing public health challenges.
After orientation week, participants will spend two weeks in New Delhi and visit non-governmental organizations that are tackling the most significant public health challenges facing India, including sanitation and hygiene; HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and maternal and child health. Participants will observe and engage in their efforts, while interacting with targeted populations like IDUs, MSM, sex workers, scavengers, and street children.
During the last two weeks of the program, participants will travel to the northern state of Uttarkhand, This part of the program will consist of clinical rotations in both urban and rural locations with special emphasis on understanding the rural and urban divide in a developing country and the needs of rural low income communities that lack easy access to these.
One of these weeks will be spent in Uttarkhand’s capital city of Dehradun, roughly 6 hours north of New Delhi. Participants will participate in clinical rotations at various state public clinics and hospitals. The city of Dehradun is situated at an altitude of 1440 feet, nestled between the Himalayan foothills to the north and the Sivalik Hills to the south. It offers breathtaking scenery and serves as a convenient base for the rural portion of the program.
The other week will be spent at a small clinical site in the rural village of Patti, about 25 miles from Dehradun. This clinic is the only healthcare facility in that rural area serving over 30 villages. The local physician conducts health camps in more remote villages, some a full days hike away, to provide basic clinical services. These trips are essential for providing health services and check-ups to those who cannot come to the main clinic and will teach participants about the challenges of providing services rural populations.
Week 1- Orientation week
All participants will spend first week in Delhi.
- City tour of Delhi.
- 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
2nd and 3rd week
- Participants will be divided into two groups for the rest of the program. Group #2 group goes to Dehradun and Group #1 stays in Delhi.
- Group #1 Delhi – 2 weeks in Delhi: NGO Visits and the Public Health part of the program.
- Group #2 – 2 weeks in Dehradun: they will be split into 2 groups,
- Group #2A goes to Patti 1 week and Group #2B remains in Dehradun for clinical rotations; 3rd week - vice versa; 4th and 5th week
- Group #2 – return to Delhi and spends last 2 weeks
- Group #1– Travels to Dehradun and follow same schedule as group #2A and group #2B
The public health portion of the program in Delhi will visit various NGO’s and Foundations which may include:
Environmental and Social Service NGO
This facility is the largest internationally recognized social service agency in India. Participants will learn from experts working on projects promoting human rights, environmental sanitation, alternative energy, waste management and social reforms through education, training and awareness campaigns.
LGBTQ Community Center
This NGO works to empower sexual minority group issues of discrimination, safe sex, and STD prevention. The center holds community meetings, provides free STD testing, and organizes activist and advocacy efforts on LGBTQ human rights issues.
Truck Yard HIV Counseling and Treatment Center
This NGO focuses on HIV prevention and treatment, providing counseling and testing centers for high risk groups in accordance with the National AIDS Control Program.
Juvenile Rehabilitation Center
This NGO partners with the government in Delhi and offers inpatient rehabilitation facilities for adolescents struggling with addiction. It also provides counseling, vocational and literacy training, meditation sessions, art and theater workshops, and assists in transition and reintegration including a halfway home.
Homeless Services NGO
Mandated by the Delhi government, this NGO identifies and maps homeless populations and provides services such as food, shelter, health service referral, HIV and AIDS treatment, and drug rehabilitation and treatment.
HIV & Drug Rehab NGO
This NGO offers holistic programs serving injection drug users, street children, and homeless populations. It provides preventative services, treatment and counseling for HIV/AIDS and STDs, rehabilitation services, needle exchange programs, and opioid substitution therapy. Students will accompany community health workers providing education and outreach in high risk areas.
Street Children’s Center
This NGO has a shelter, day care center, and provides vocational training to help integrate street children into mainstream society. Students will join volunteers in offering guidance, care and organizing workshops for children.
Rural Nonprofit Hospital
This facility offers affordable health care to the underserved, and offers 12 specialties with modern infrastructure and comprehensive diagnostic facilities.
Government Hospital Tour
Participants will Visit government facilities to understand how some of the largest Government hospitals in Delhi function, providing free and high quality healthcare services to the poor who come from across India to seek care.
The Rural/Urban Himalayan Clinical Rotation will likely include rotations at the following clinics and hospitals:
Private Nursing Home in Dehradun
The clinic offers inpatient and outpatient services; students will shadow the OB/GYN, accompanying her on rounds and observing surgical procedures.
Private Pediatric Hospital in Dehradun
Students will shadow a local physician in the Emergency Medicine and Cardiology ward and accompany him on rounds and observe minor procedures.
Government Hospital in Dehradun
This facility provides eye care to the local and marginalized population. Students will shadow an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon in OPD and surgery.
Government Facilities in Dehradun
These include primary health care centers, community health centers and district hospitals. Students will observe the government’s effort to provide health services to low income populations and rotate through outpatient and other specialties.
Rural Clinic in Patti
Participants will spend one week living and working with local physician, Dr. Paul, accompanying him on 2-4 hour treks to surrounding villages to conduct health camps. These trips are essential for providing health services to those who cannot come to the main clinic and a great way to get a glimpse of life in a small Himalayan mountain village. Yoga classes provided daily in Patti.
Community Hospital in Massoorie
This facility is a multi-specialty teaching hospital that offers surgical, orthopedic, OB/GYN, dentistry, and emergency medicine services. Students will rotate in the outpatient department and partake in clinical rounds and case discussions with the attending physician. The hospital also runs rural health camps and community initiatives, including a village health and sanitation empowerment project and a community based rehabilitation project for empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities.
Information about UC Davis’s partner for the program
For the India—Public Health & Rural/Urban Medicine Summer Internship program, UC Davis Study Abroad partners with CFHI (Child Family Health International), a nonprofit organization that offers health-focused programs, rotations, and internships in 11 countries. CFHI is recognized as a global health ethics leader and partners with over 40 universities to offer quality health education programs rooted in longstanding partnerships with local host communities. CFHI programs offer clinical rotation placements and public health opportunities (depending on the program) to provide students with a professional and holistic perspective of local health needs and resources. The India—Public Health & Rural/Urban Medicine Summer Internship program is a customized program designed by CFHI uniquely for UC Davis Study Abroad. Onsite, a team of CFHI staff will welcome students, lead the welcome orientation, facilitate all program-related activities in health settings, coordinate and lead the group excursions and optional activities, and be on-call 24/7 for emergency support.
Students participating in UC Davis Study Abroad Internships are eligible to receive Transcript Notation (TN). Transcript notation documents your academically approved internship on your official UC Davis transcript. By having your experience noted, it provides proof of where and when you participated in an internship. This is especially valuable for international internships that may be difficult for a prospective employer or program to contact.
Transcript Notation is a process you’ll start within the first two weeks of your internship placement through Handshake, the tool UC Davis Internship and Career Center uses to connect students and employers.