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Registration Deadline: Palestine Social Medicine Intensive Summer Course

January 17th - February 15th

Virtual In Person

Application deadline: February 15, 2023

Course dates: July 9, 2023 – July 30, 2023

Open to: 20 participants of which 10 will be Harvard-based students.

Course Overview

The Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights—a partnership between the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights and the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University—will be hosting its first annual Palestine Social Medicine Course. This three-week intensive summer course is designed to introduce students to the social, structural, political, and historical aspects that determine Palestinian health ‘beyond the biological basis of disease.’

Course Structure

The primary site of instruction will be at the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University. Course pedagogy will include field visits, group discussion, presentations, and personal reflection to foster a transformative learning environment. Guest speakers will include a wide range of health and social actors including health practitioners, community organizers, activists, academics, and representatives from civil society organizations.


There will space for a total of 20 students of which 10 will be Harvard-based students. Priority will be given to students in the Medical, Public Health, Nursing, and Social Sciences. The course will be taught in English.

Harvard Applicants

Students enrolled in any Harvard Graduate School (including Medicine, Dentistry, Chan School). Harvard PhD candidates are eligible to apply. Harvard students who will graduate in May 2023 are also eligible to apply.

Harvard Course Credit

Harvard graduate students can choose this course for Independent Study Credit to be credited during the Fall 2023 Semester.

Students who decide to receive academic credits will work with Professor Bram Wispelwey during the fall semester and produce a paper as part of the Independent Study requirements.

Need Additional Information?

For questions regarding the social medicine course, please reach out to Dr. David Mills at davidmills@hsph.harvard.edu or to Dr. Bram Wispelwey at bwispelwey@hsph.harvard.edu.


Start: January 17th
End: February 15th
Calendars: School-wide Events, University-wide Events
Event types: Trainings and Workshops


Applications are submitted online. The course itself will take place at the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University, West Bank, occupied Palestinian territory, and Israel.
Virtual In Person