Health care in urban China

Learn about access to health care in urban China and the use of traditional Chinese medicine.
Late May/early June 2017 (Exact dates TBD)

Overview: This 1-credit opportunity is open to health professions students. Participants will explore health care in Beijing and Shanghai by shadowing and engaging with doctors, nurses and pharmacists, and touring hospitals and clinics. Shadowing typically takes place in outpatient, inpatient, surgery, otolaryngology and pharmacy departments, but this may change based on student interest.

Through weekday shadowing, case discussions, hospital tours and discussions with local physicians, students will explore topics such as:

  • How does traditional Chinese medicine differ from Western medicine in theory and practice?
  • How are traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine integrated?
  • How does the average Chinese citizen access healthcare?
  • What are the pros and cons of the Chinese healthcare system?
  • How does the Chinese healthcare system differ from the healthcare system of the United States?
  • What are the barriers to receiving healthcare in China?
  • How do non-native patients access healthcare in China and how does this care differ from that available to the general public?

During evenings and weekends, students will explore cultural sites such as:

  • Yuyuan Gardens
  • The Bund (boardwalk in Shanghai along Huangpu River)
  • Great Wall
  • Forbidden City
  • And more!

Language: No experience with Mandarin is necessary.

Estimated costs: Total = $2,500-$3,800*

  • Plane ticket:$1,100-$2,200*
  • Lodging and food: $60/day x two weeks = $850*
  • Transportation and excursions within China: $450*

*Exact costs to be determined.

Academics: Upon completion of the field experience and the related orientation requirements, students will receive a 1-credit independent study (699) through the Surgery Department. Students must be in good academic standing in order to participate in this program. 

This program may be used to fulfill the field experience requirement for the Certificate in Global Health. Students must have taken PHS 640 prior to taking this course in order to meet the Certificate requirement.

Faculty/Leaders: Jack Jiang, MD, and Austin Scholp.

Apply here.