Project Site - Chandigarh, India

Trip Dates

July 7 - August 1, 2017

Estimated Trip Cost (2017 pricing)

Undergraduate student cost: Four Credit: $4,840
Graduate student cost: Four Credit: $4,900

(Dates above represent first and last days in each country. Costs include tuition, shared dormitory accommodations, program-related travel, international health insurance, program excursions, welcome and farewell social events, and some meals. Costs do not include international airfare, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal expenses, optional excursions, independent travel.)



15 Days of Field Work - Punjab
Five days of excursions Dharamasala and Agra
Five days travel by plane, train, bus, minivan, and rickshaw
Fully escorted by director and partners

Deadline & Registration

February 15, 2017

Learning Abroad Brochure

For more information:

Preparation Course taught by Dr. Ty Dickerson

Students are highly encouraged to enroll in the Prep for Global Health Service and Learning Course


Candigarh Map

Chandigarh is a city of approximately 1.1 million people located a half day drive from Delhi in northern India. Chandigarh is an academic hub and was named the cleanest city in India. Chandigarh offers safety, clean living accommodations, and proximity to affiliate community organizations and one of India's premiere schools of public health. Fieldwork will be conducted in various rural villages (around Bassi Pathana), and cultural excursions will be taken to mountainous areas of Dharmsala and the city of Agra, location of the Taj Mahal.

Course Goals

Through participation in the pre-departure orientation sessions and on-site field work, students will learn about cultural, social, and health issues currently facing India. Participants will see the workings of the Indian public health system from academic, government, and community levels. While in country, participants will divide into teams and work in rural villages to strengthen relationships with local partners, conduct surveys, and assess conditions that affect health. Work will take students into rural communities, homes, health posts, non-profit partner organizations, and a school of public health. Research projects and interventions are co-constructed with host entities and the University of Utah.

Research Collaboration & Site

India group

The research site is a cohort of approximately 15,000 people in nine villages in the rural district of Punjab, India. The Bassi Pathana Community Collaborative Development Project (BP-CCDP) was launched in the fall of 2010. We use a community-engaged approach to assure our work is focused on the needs of the nine villages (with whom we work. Partners include academic, civil society, and village members in Punjab, India. We also engage with district health officials. A highlight of our work includes convening of joint field teams, including US and Indian faculty and students. BP-CCDP partners include:

Scholarly Works


Research Activities:

India building
  • Survey of local incidence and management of pain
  • Validation of Health Literacy tool
  • Evidence-based health promotion
  • Evaluation of medication availability
  • Assessment of Solid Waste Management Practices
  • Assessment of Community Resilience and Disaster Preparedness in three villages

Proposed Training and Education:

  • Community level: Workshops on Disaster Preparedness in one to three villages under the BPCCDP.
  • Joint two-day workshop on Disaster Preparedness to be hosted by SPH, PGIMER, academic partner of the BPCCDP


Community health needs assessment:

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH):

  • Village mapping, sanitary survey, and water quality testing
  • Training of village WaSH promoters
  • Household water treatment and safe storage assessment in Punjab, India

Gender equity:

  • Study of gender disparities in secondary education in rural Punjab, India
  • Study of gender-based harassment and mental health among youth

Child nutrition and early intervention:

  • Study of village-level nutritional services in Rural Punjab, India
  • Secondary Analysis of Pediatric Anthropometric Data from Punjab, India

Other high priority issues include:

  • Adult Health literacy/ Awareness of Chronic Diseases
  • Health Systems Improvement/ Access to health care

Bassi Pathana Community Collaborative Development Project (BP-CCDP) Members:

Helping Others...

Gladys AshiteyPeople come to us from all over the world offering to help and often nothing happens.  The University of Utah has brought us programs that have been implemented with a clear understanding of our culture and our needs.  Utah follows through - they deliver what they have promised.

Dr. Gladys Ashitey, former Member of Parliament & Deputy Minister of Health, Ghana

Additional nformation

TP Singh, MDS, MPH

Pamela Lyon
Global Public Health Coordinator
Phone: 801-585-5303