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Ramapo College - China: Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Beijing, China; Nanjing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Sponsor: Ramapo College of New Jersey 
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Summer 2020 03/02/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Discipline of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Clinical Lab Science, Community Mental Health, Cultural Studies, East Asian Studies, Ethnic Relations, Gender Studies, International Studies, Liberal Studies, Nursing, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Policy, Public Sociology, Social Science, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Status: 2nd year (Sophomore), 3rd year (Junior), 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior) Program Type: Study
Program Description:
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China: Community Health & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been practiced for several thousands of years in China. Today, it is particularly attractive to patients with the conditions when no definitive conventional therapy is available, such as cancers and cardiovascular diseases. CAM treatments may include dietary modifications, nutraceuticals, massage, cupping, Qigong, herbal medicine and acupuncture.  They are usually designed to restore balance and harmony in the human body by stimulating the body’s natural curative powers. 

Credits: 4
Program Base: Nanjing, China and surrounding areas
Term: Summer
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Prerequisites: BIOL 111, BIOL 214 OR permission of the instructor
All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible. Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.

"Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)" (SCIN 290 / NURS 290)


Yan Xu
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: G-308 / +1 (201) 684-6227

Course Description - 'Community Health & Traditional Chinese Medicine' (SCIN 220 / NURS 220)

This course introduces the students to both conventional and traditional healthcare systems in a metropolitan area of China, with emphases on the social and cultural determinants of health in the Chinese community, such as transportation, food, age and social habits.
*This course also counts as a substitution for 'Sociology of Health and Medicine" (SOSC 230)

Course Goals & Objectives

The course is designed for students to gain comprehensive learning experience on:
  • basic philosophy and healing methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); and
  • biological and social features related to community health in the metropolitan area of Nanjing.
Sample Course Activities
  • Visit Nanjing Medical University
  • Visit Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Visit variety of Hospital types (public, private, community, and specialty) in Nanjing
  • Lectures on Health Systems, Public Health Issues, Environmental Health and Health Practices in China
  • Experience Chinese Medicine & Massage
  • Cultural tour of Nanjing (Botanical Garden, Memorial Sun Yet-Sen, Zijin Mountain, Presidential Palace and more)
  • Excursion to a Hot Springs community outside Nanjing
  • Exploration of food culture, visits to market, tai chi and cooking classes
  • Tour of Beijing's important sites (Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, & Tiananmen Square)

Course Assessment

Essays (30%): Based on field excursions

Quizzes (20%): Based on required materials

Participation (25%): discussions on trips and composition of a journal

Group Project (25%): Students will form groups (3-4 people) and work on a project. They are expected to review the literature on a selected community health topic and create a tri-fold booklet to educate people of the target community with that topic. A journal is required for observations and feedbacks received on the trip abroad. An oral presentation will be required at the end of the semester to report the learning and reflections.

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Cost Details

$ 5650
$ 6818 (non-NJ Residents)
Included: Tuition for 4 credits; international r/t airfare from NYC; lodging; some meals; Chinese visa; comprehensive international health insurance; course texts; all excursions and entrance fees.
Not included: U.S. airport transfers; some meals; immunization costs and personal expenses.
Payment Timeline
Commitment &
$500 Deposit (non-refundable)
March 18
Payment #1: $1500 April 5
Payment #2: $1500 April 19
Payment #3: $2150 May 3
Late Fees

A late fee of $35 will be assessed for each payment not received by the payment deadlines communicated to you by the International Programs Office. Note: There will be a 3-day grace period before a late fee is assessed.
For further information:

The Roukema Center for International Education
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road - ASB123, Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA
Telephone: +1 (201) 684-7533

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