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Public Health in China

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Sponsor: Northwestern University Office of International Program Development (IPD), in partnership with Peking University

Location: Beijing, China


This program introduces students to major public health issues in China and to the theory and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Through seminars taught by faculty at Peking University Health Science Center and visits to local hospitals, clinics, and TCM centers, students learn about the Chinese public health system, key players and institutions, and significant public health challenges, successes, and debates, particularly around infectious disease control, environmental health, and food safety and nutrition. Students also gain an understanding of traditional Chinese medicinal practices, including acupuncture, massage, and herbal remedies, highlighted by an herb-collecting excursion to Lin-Long Mountain. The program includes intensive language classes in Mandarin Chinese as well as weekly cultural and historical excursions, which offer students a glimpse of Beijing's storied past.

Program Type: Northwestern-Sponsored


  • Summer

Languages: English, Chinese

Language Requirements: 

None; however, students take intensive language classes in Chinese during the program.


Double-occupancy, air-conditioned rooms in an international dormitory

Program Costs: 

Visit the IPD program page for cost information.

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