Integrating Chinese Medicine and Public Health

Integrating Chinese Medicine and Public Health
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 15mid Maymid JuneBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.7
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Varies
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

As one of study abroad's most affordable summer programs, Integrating Chinese Medicine and Public Health takes students on an immersion cultural and academic journey crossing Beijing, Xi’an, Zhengzhou and Qingdao.  Learn about basic theories of Chinese medicine, acupuncture, tuina (Chinese medical massage), and Chinese martial arts, including Health Qigong and Tai Chi, in authentic cultural settings. With financial support from the Confucius Institute, this program has limited enrollment and therefore, students are encouraged to apply early to secure their spot.

**Due to funding sources, this program has an EARLY deadline and students holding a Chinese passport are ineligible to apply.**


Tentative 2018 dates: May 16 - June 12

In this program, students will spend time in four prominent Chinese cities known for their ancient history: Xi’an in Shaanxi Province, Zhengzhou in Henan Province, Qingdao in Shandong Province, and China’s capital city, Beijing.  Available public health courses include introduction courses on Chinese massage and acupuncture, Tai Chi, Chinese culture, and Chinese history.  Combining academic study with cultural activities, students will spend time on the beautiful campuses of Henan University of Chinese Medicine and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, learn Chinese martial arts at their source: Shaolin Temple, visit Mount Lao, known as one of the cradles of Taoism, climb the Great Wall, and much more.

Students will earn 6 units during this four-week program in the following: 

HPS 493C Global Experiences in Public Health: Introduction to Chinese Medicine (3 credits): An introductory course on basic principles and current clinical practice of Chinese medicine, focusing on acupuncture, massage, and seasonality of dietary therapy.

HPS 493C Global Experiences in Public Health: Introduction to Chinese Culture and Martial Arts (3 credits): An introductory course to Chinese culture including wellness, music, calligraphy, tea, geography, history, Chinese medicine and the practice of Chinese martial arts.


Zhao Chen, College of Public Health


Xi’an: Xi’an, located in northwestern China’s Shaanxi Province, is one of China’s oldest cities and the capital city of many ancient dynasties.  It is the starting point of the Silk Road and the home of the Terracotta Warriors Museum.

Zhengzhou: Zhengzhou, located in central China’s Henan Province, is commonly referred to as the birthplace of Chinese Medicine.  It is home to the world-famous Shaolin Temple, an important Buddhist temple as well as the ancient and modern center for Chinese martial arts.

Qingdao: Located along the eastern coast of Shandong Province, Qingdao is a major seaport with early 20th Century German colonial influence.  Known for its fresh seafood and outdoor activities, Qingdao is the home of Mount Lao, one of the birthplaces of Taoism.

Beijing:  Home to the Great Wall, Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City, the world’s second-longest subway system, and award-winning skyscrapers , Beijing is a blend of ancient and modern.  It is considered by many to be the cultural center of China.

Tentative 2018 Itinerary:

May 15: Depart from the U.S. for Xi'an, China

May 16: Arrive in Xi'an - Activities in Xi'an include:

  • Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • City Wall and Big Goose Pagoda
  • Muslim Quarter Sights
  • Bites Evening Food Tour
  • Shaanxi Normal University

May 20: Travel to Zhengzhou - Activities in Zhengzhou include:

  • Henan University of Chinese Medicine
  • Campus tour for Chinese Medicine Museums, herb gardens, lecture and hospital practicum

June 3:Travel to Qingdao - Activities in Qingdao include:

  • Lao Shan Tour
  • Coastal and City Tour
  • Chinese Ocean University

June 7: Travel to Beijing - Activities in Beijing include:

  • Great Wall
  • Forbidden City
  • Tian An Men Square
  • Olympic Park
  • Summer Palace
  • Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

June 12: Depart Beijing, China for the U.S.


Housing will vary from city to city.

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