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Yale Summer Session in Changsha: Global Health in Comparative Context

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Program Information


Changsha, China




Saturday, July 4, 2020 to Saturday, August 15, 2020



Areas of Focus

Global Health, Social Sciences

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills So distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number



2 Yale credits


Kaveh Khoshnood     |   Hu Mi: Xiangya School of Public Health at CSU




What is the field of global health, and how has it evolved over time? Who are the key players and stakeholders in  global health? Beginning with those questions, this program will explore global health not only from a broader academic point of view, but also through a specific country-lens: global health in the context of China. This program will familiarize students with the backgrounds and concepts needed to study global health, including the measurement of disease, burden of disease, primary healthcare vs. comprehensive healthcare, social determinants on health.  In addition, the program will address important and pressing global health issues at local, national and global levels, with special interest paid to global health issues in China, including health equity and equality, elderly care, China’s health system and its reform, disease burden, mental health and HIV/AIDS.  Finally, the program will equip students with the necessary skills to investigate, analyze, compare and draw insights for global health case study.

The class will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (noon) and students should expect about 8-12 hours of work outside the classroom each week, as well excursions and other program activities.


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Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities



Students will be staying in the International Student Dormitory at Central South University (CSU). The dormitory is a seven-floored residence hall possessing 510 beds in total. Each room has an en suite bathroom with a regular central supply of hot water. The public space includes a kitchen with a refrigerator and microwaves. In addition, there will be a public laundry room and the dorm is fitted with air conditioning.

Students can depart on Saturday, August 15, but have the option of staying in housing until Sunday, August 16.

What is not included with housing:

  • Connection to the internet; China Telecom offers a package for students in CSU campus housing, which is about 20 yuan (roughly USD 3.00) per month


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Changsha on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor, Kaveh Khoshnood. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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