Global Affairs

South Africa: Community Health: A Society in Transition

Explore how political change has affected health care access and policy in South Africa. Immersed in the work of social advocacy groups and health NGOs, you’ll visit rural areas and meet local families, learning about HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs from a rural perspective. In the process, you’ll gain an understanding of the country’s priority regions in reproductive health and infectious diseases.


Cape Town, South Africa

Program Dates:

July 3 - August 2, 2014

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: Sunday, December 7, 2014

Round 2: Sunday, February 8, 2015

Round 3: Sunday, March 15, 2015

More about deadlines and how to apply

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Suggested Majors/Professions:

  • Public Health
  • International Education
  • Nutrition

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


PUHE-GE 2316 Section 099 (Class Number TBA) - International Community Health Seminar: Africa (6 points).

Offered through the Nutrition and Food Studies

2010 Sample Syllabus


Sally Guttmacher, PhD, MPhil

Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University; Past President, Public Health Association of New York City; Past Chair, Medical Care Section, American Public Health Association; Visiting Professor, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cape Town, 1997


2015 Graduate Tuition: $1,479 per point plus registration and services fees

Bursar’s payment deadline dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2014 Housing Fees: $900

2014 Activity Fees: $1,100

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayama Google Flights and for student rates.


Students reside in shared occupancy housing within walking distance of the university. Accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Cape Town typically depart New York a day in advance.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to South Africa of less than three months in duration.  All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful links: US State Department, Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather:  Temperatures in Cape Town in July and August tend to be cooler than New York, ranging from 60° to the high 70°s (Fahrenheit). 

Helpful Links: BBC Weather