Study healthcare policies, politics, and delivery as well as traditional medicinal practices in Chilean communities.
This program examines intercultural health and alternative healthcare practices in the context of Chile and southern Peru. Students consider different conceptions of wellness and healing, including beliefs and health practices of the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous groups. The program gives students the opportunity to experience Chile's health system firsthand with guided, insightful visits to public and private health centers.
Major topics of study include:
Chile's national and indigenous health systems
Economic, structural, and ideological determinants of public health planning and practices
Alternative treatments of psychiatric and other mental health issues
Healing and spiritual beliefs
Health of women, children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly