The EqualHealth Social Medicine Course, Beyond the Biological Basis of Disease, brings together health profession students from Haiti, North America, and around the world to share in an immersive three-week intellectual and cultural exchange focused on the principles of Social Medicine. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to ongoing unrest, the 2019 Social Medicine Course has been relocated to Chicago, IL. We are currently accepting applications (available below) on a rolling basis to fill the additional local student spots. Please see this FAQ sheet for details about this shift, and reach out to with any questions or concerns.


The course is designed for graduate-level health profession students (undergraduates considered on a case-by-case basis), including but not limited to those studying medicine, nursing, midwifery, and public health. The course is traditionally taught in French. The 2019 course will be taught bilingually in French and English.


The course pedagogy includes field visits, classroom-based presentations and discussions, group reflections, student presentations, films, and bedside teaching. These approaches create an interactive learning environment where students participate as both learners and teachers. The goal is to advance the cohort’s understanding of interactions between the biology of disease and the social, cultural, economic, political, and historical factors that influence illness presentation and social experience.


The course emphasizes building partnerships and encourages students to reflect upon their own experiences with power, privilege, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation as central to effective partnership building in global health. In the spirit of praxis, a model of education that combines critical reflection with action, students are empowered to discern their role in global health and social medicine through facilitated, in-depth conversations with core faculty and student colleagues.


  • Beyond Biology: Social and Economic Causation of Disease

  • Global Health Interventions: Paradigms of Charity, Humanitarianism, and Structural Change

  • Social Justice in Healthcare: Models of Community-based Healthcare

  • Health and Human Rights : the Healthcare Worker as Advocate

  • Tools for Change: community organizing, self-awareness, writing, art, and research

In addition to founders and leaders from EqualHealth, faculty include practitioners, policy leaders, disease experts and colleagues from throughout Haiti, Chicago and around the US. Faculty engage and immerse with students enriching the training experience.


For non-Haitian students, the breakdown of the cost of the course is as follows:

  • Room and board for 3 weeks (includes all meals): $1025

  • Course fee: $1375

  • Total: $2,400

Additionally, students are responsible for airfare. Many students are able to fully or partially pay for the course with funding from their home institution. In order to ensure that financial constraints are not a barrier for student participation, a limited number of need-based tuition waivers are available. 


Due to the relocation of the course to Chicago, applications for the July 2019 course have re-opened. Local students and early-career health professionals from Chicago are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.

Please address any questions to