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2019 Summer Travel Study Program in Shanghai

Date: Wednesday 1/30/2019 5:00-6:00PM
Location: Geffen Hall 113

Summer Travel Study


There is growing global interest in developing integrative medicine for improving both individual and population health. Integrative medicine in its myriad forms, support a person-centered care model, which emphasizes on individuality, while imparting a holistic approach and empowering patients to take charge of their own health and healing using self-care techniques. Despite the benefits of integrative medicine, many health professionals are inadequately educated to counsel patients on the use of these approaches. In partnership with the UCLA Global Health Minor Program, UCLA Center for East-West Medicine is offering this 8-unit program in Shanghai, one of China’s largest and most modernized city. Through this program, students will learn the basic concepts and become exposed to the various techniques of traditional Chinese medicine, witness China’s rapidly changing landscape, and analyze integrative medicine strategies being implemented to address personal and community health issues. Moreover, this program will provide a unique platform for future healthcare professionals to gain a global perspective of integrative medicine and experience the unique integration of traditional medicine in a modern healthcare system.

This program is designed with pre-health, medical, nursing and public health students from the UC system and beyond in mind. The program will be hosted in Shanghai through partnership with top universities, including Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) and Fudan University School of Public Health.

See what our students form the 2018 program thought about the course:


Program Courses

All students will enroll in two required courses while attending the program. Students may choose to receive course credit for Medicine or Global Health:

  • MED 180A or GLB HLT 110A (4 units)
  • MED 180B or GLB HLT 110B (4 units)

Course Descriptions

MED 180A or GLB HLT 110A:  Chinese Medicine – Its Cultural Origins and the Impact of Modernization (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

This course focuses on the concepts and philosophy of TCM within the framework of Chinese culture.  Students will gain an understanding of Chinese medicine’s scientific value and observe the practices of acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, and herbal medicine through visits to research labs, hospitals, clinics, and herbal gardens.  Through lectures and activities, students will develop their own individual health plan and also gain an understanding of cultural, social, and environmental impacts on public health.

MED 180B or GLB HLT 110B:  Integrative Medicine Practices in the Chinese Healthcare System (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

Building upon MED 180A/GLB HLT 110A, this course focuses on the integration of Chinese and Western medicine.  Students will learn key principles of IM, incorporating conventional and complementary healthcare approaches.  Lectures and discussions will be enhanced by observation of IM practices in local hospitals and community health centers in addition to mind-body practices such as Tai chi.  Through examination of the Chinese healthcare system, students will gain an understanding of health issues and practices in a global context, in addition to the formation of action items of individual health plan in real world settings.


TBA.  Syllabus and schedule are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


Travel Study courses must be taken for a letter grade.  Grades will be based on class attendance and participation, assignments, and final presentation/paper.  Grading criteria is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.




Students who have already registered for the course are eligible to apply for the Shirley Hui East-West Medicine scholarship. Download the application form with instructions here.

Click here to see a summary and pictures from last year's program

For more information, please visit the
UCLA Study Abroad Website

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