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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Jinan, China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Summer in China
China Summer Abroad Program
Shanghai, Jinan, Beijing, China
(Outgoing Program)
Summer 2019: July 1st - July 24th

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 1st Early Decision: 12/3/18
2nd Early Decision: 2/18/19
Rolling Acceptance after 2/25/19
1st Early Decision: 12/10/18
2nd Early Decision: 2/25/18
Rolling Acceptance after 2/25/19
7/1/19 7/24/19
As China, the world's most populous nation, rapidly develops, there is an emerging concern for how it's already burdened health care system will be able to provide health services for over one billion individuals. In recent times, the Chinese public health system has gained worldwide attention from how it has dealt with the SARS epidemic, the HIV pandemic, and the avian flu. For students in the health field looking at China's past, such as the unique concept of barefoot doctors, its present, such as the prevention and treatment of HIV, and its future, such as the growing incidence of chronic diseases, this program can provide them with a greater understanding of the health system problems and solutions that developing countries are currently facing.

A Partnership for Exploration and Learning
Through Tulane University’s China Public Health Summer Program students will have the unique opportunity to learn about China’s major health problems and more while examining comparative health systems and health economics. In addition, this learning will be accompanied by first-hand knowledge gained from visits to hospitals, private clinics, and health departments as well as guest lectures from local Chinese experts and health practitioners.
This is a one-of-a-kind program that allows all students, regardless of their academic major or language abilities, to learn in person about the urban and rural health systems of China in Shanghai and Jinan. Some of the major topics of interest that will be covered are China’s health system reform, the development of the rural Collaborative Medical System (CMS), HIV/AIDS programs and their progress, urban health insurance, disease control and prevention systems, and maternal and child healthcare systems.

The program will be based at Fudan University's School of Public Health in Shanghai and closely collaborates with Shangdong University's School of Public Health.  Students will also spend time studying in the cities of Beijing and Jinan.  There will also be opportunities for sightseeing excursions to other areas in the region.
Eligibility and Admission Guidelines
Since this program includes a 4000-level Service Learning component, Tulane undergraduates must complete their first-tier service learning requirement before the program begins.  In most cases, this restricts program enrollment to rising juniors and rising seniors.  All Tulane graduate level students are eligible for this program and qualified students from other universities are welcome to apply as well.  There are no language or other course pre-requisites.
Costs (DRAFT – SUBJECT TO CHANGE – Final Costs Released by January 15, 2019)
School Tuition Costs (Approximate)
3 Credit Hours at $1,319 per credit hour = $3,957
Student Activity Fee (School) = $80
Student Tech Fee (School) = $100
Program Fees
Program fee (covers double-occupancy hotel room, in country travel, events, administrative costs to Fudan University and partner sites, includes $160 Chinese visa fee etc.) - $1,900
Beijing Cultural Immersion Trip (optional) - $750
International airfare (varies – purchased on your own)

Total (without airfare & Optional Beijing Cultural Immersion):  approximately $6,037
2019 Program Description
Thank you for your interest in our 2019 China Abroad Programs. This will be the eleventh year that we will be offering programs in China. The program is open to all Tulane University students (graduate and undergraduate), with a few openings available to graduate students from other Universities. Both graduates and undergraduate students will be enrolled in our classroom course – Health Systems of China (see course description below). During the second academic week, graduate students will complete a hands-on research project while undergraduate students will complete their 300/400 level Service Learning Requirement (SPHU-4892) at one of several healthcare organizations in Shanghai.
Following the classroom courses, all students will have the option to head to China’s capital city, Beijing for a week-long cultural immersion experience.  In Beijing, students will partake in guided tours of various cultural sites such as the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City.  Students also will involve themselves in cultural activities such as attending the Capitol City’s famous acrobat show, taking Thai Chi lessons, and visiting traditional hutongs to enjoy tea and lunch with some local residents.

Course Descriptions
SPHU 4560 – Health Systems of China (2 Credit Hours)
It is a well-known fact that China is the most populous nation in the world. But here’s a question for you: how the does a country—especially one in the midst of rapid economic development—provide health care to 1.3 billion people?   Through this program, students will learn about China’s complex and fascinating healthcare system along with other healthcare systems around the world.  During their coursework, students will be introduced to various aspects (cultural, social, economic, and epidemiological) of the country’s healthcare system. Since the course will be delivered on location in China, the classroom lessons will be augmented through a series of field visits and real world observations. Further, China’s recent health reform strategies will be critically examined through directed readings, seminar lectures, and discussions with leaders of the Chinese healthcare system. The course also will examine the financing of the health care system and will evaluate and analyze how providers are incentivized and paid. To provide a comprehensive understanding of the health sector organization, students will visit a number of sites including primary care centers, tertiary hospitals, public health entities, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, and research organizations.  Also, students will travel to areas in rural China to learn how health care is provided outside the country’s major urban areas.  Graduate students will also be placed in various healthcare organizations to complete individual culminating field projects.
SPHU-4892-01 – Health System of China: An Applied Perspective (0 Credit Hour)
SPHU-4892-01 focuses on the application of student knowledge and skills into service delivery.  Following the SPHU-4560 – Health Systems of China course, students are placed in teams of three (two Tulane students and one local Chinese university student) and are integrated into the daily operations healthcare organizations in the Shanghai metro area.  Students will complete approximately 40 hours of work at their organizations.
The scope of work will include assisting local healthcare leaders, clinicians, and staff members to improve the overall experience of the patient at the various facilities.  At some sites, students may assist in basic health provision (e.g., taking temperatures, blood pressure readings, other non-invasive laboratory procedures) or basic health education.  At other sites, students may help pediatric, adult, and elderly patients to complete rehabilitation exercises and activities.  Students may also help with operational issues in their facilities, such as assisting with supply procurement and improving patient flow through the system.  Students may also be asked to conduct client needs assessments and other projects as needed in their healthcare organizations.  Project deliverables may include surveys, handbooks, and data-driven recommendations on process and organizational improvements.

Service Learning Host Organizations
Our partner organization in Shanghai, Fudan University School of Public Health will assist in establishing the service learning sites and for providing local students to team with Tulane participants at each assignment.  The following organizations served as Service Learning sites in recent years:
  • Jiading Primary Health Center – Shanghai
  • Xu Hui Maternal and Child Health Center – Shanghai
  • Chang Qiao Community Health Center – Shanghai
  • Ruijin Diabetes Center – Shanghai
  • Xie Tu Community Health Center – Shanghai
  • Children’s Medical Center - Children Development Program – Shanghai 
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in the Pine City Hotel (a 3-4 star equivalent hotel) while staying in Shanghai which is a five minute walk to the Fudan University School of Public Health Campus.  Students will be housed in comparable hotels in Jinan and Beijing.

Each room houses two students and is equipped with a bathroom (sink, shower, toilet) telephone, internet access, and single beds.
Full breakfast buffet will be provided each day and several special event dinners will be included during the program.

Payment Terms & Schedule
Please make all payments promptly. No guarantee is given if payment is not received on time. A deposit of $500.00 is due once the application is accepted. The balance will be charged to your Tulane account.
Registration & Scheduling
Registration is complete when all application materials and payments are received. Course scheduling is arranged on a first-come, first-served basis and is based on the student's course preference list.  The program is limited to a maximum of 15 students.
Students are NOT permitted to take summer courses pass/fail.
Passport & Visa

A valid passport is required for all U.S. citizens traveling to China. Passports must be valid for six months past the start date of the China Abroad Program.  If your passport will become invalid before the end of the calendar year, you will need to renew it before visa requests are sent out in late March.  Requirements vary for other nationalities. International students should check the requirements for their respective countries. For US passport fees and instructions see the U.S. Department of State site:
Additionally, U.S. students will require a visa to enter China.  The Program will obtain the visa for U.S. students who have a valid passport for a $220 fee (this is included in the program fees).
It is very important that you apply early for your US passport. The Tulane Office of Study Abroad assumes no responsibility in assisting students with passports. Please contact the Office of Study Abroad if you need documentation indicating you are on a study abroad program.
Medical Insurance & International Emergency Evacuation Coverage

Students’ program fee includes enrollment in GeoBlue, a comprehensive study abroad medical insurance policy. Additionally, students will be registered in an emergency evacuation program, Global Rescue. Global Rescue is the world’s leading membership organization providing evacuation, medical, security and travel risk management services to individuals, families, enterprises and governments.
Accessibility and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Tulane University is committed to making all its programs accessible to students with physical and other health challenges. Students requiring special facilities or accommodations must notify Dr. Thomas Stranova, the program Co-Director, within two weeks of their acceptance into the program (in writing). All reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate the students’ requests, but students should be aware that all accommodations may be able to be offered.
Refund & Cancellation Policy

The $500 deposit can be refunded before April 1st. After April 1st the deposit is non-refundable.  Any other payments made to the Program become non-refundable after May 15th.
The effective date of cancellation is the date official written notification is received by the Tulane Office of Study Abroad at the address below or emailed to This refund policy applies to all students regardless of the date of application or the circumstance of the cancellation.

For More Information Please Contact: 
Thomas J. Stranova, ScD, MHA
Associate Dean
Office of Student Services
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane University
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2460
New Orleans, LA  70112
(504) 988-6758

This program is currently not accepting applications.