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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Alliance for Global Education 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

            Study Abroad in CHINA with IFSA     



Public Health Policy and Practice

About the program

Examine how public health policy is shaped by today's social, economic, and political currents and ultimately put into practice in the world's most populous country. Gain hands-on experience in globally relevant health topics by pursuing a directed research project or an internship with a local or international organization.

About Shanghai

Shanghai has grown exponentially in the last hundred years-from a colonial trading port to a massive international metropolis with a population of 24 million. Known for its fast-paced business culture and cosmopolitan vibe, the city is intricately connected with the global flows of communities and people. It also represents the enormous environmental, economic, and social challenges that are mirrored across China and around the world.

Program Benefits

Program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates to delve deeply into meaningful research projects of their own design in the capital of the world's most populous country.
  • Students conceptualize, conduct and present a substantial piece of research relevant to the burgeoning field of public health.
  • Each research project takes place within the practical context of a local organization and provides opportunities for  community engagement
  • Regular meetings with faculty guides in subject area to discuss formation and execution of research plans.
  • Inquiry process supported by the Alliance network of local experts including social activists, health educators, doctors, business leaders, and policymakers. Students can take part in a full schedule of excursions , events and lectures all designed to enhance their understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people.
  • Explore the capital and benefit from visits to Beijing's art districts, lectures on China's environmental protection policies or workshops on Chinese food Culture.


IFSA scholarships are primarily need-based and factor in any additional cost your study abroad program might have over home school tuition. The awards are $500 for summer programs, $1,500 for semester programs and $2,500 for full year programs. These scholarships may apply to any IFSA program, with the exception of our custom programs.

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6201 Corporate Drive Suite 200 
Indianapolis, IN 46278


If you have already researched this program (identifying appropriate courses, costs, application requirements, deadlines, etc.) and you are CERTAIN that you want to apply to it, you may start the IPO portion of the application process by clicking the "Start IPO Application" button, above or below. If you are NOT certain that you want to apply to this program, please meet with an Education Abroad Peer Advisor:

Education Abroad Advising Center
70 Butterfield Terrace 
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Learning Commons 
Du Bois Library
Monday-Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/01/2018 ** Varies 02/13/2019 06/08/2019
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.