Course Schedule

HPCH 636

Pre-trip lectures
1 April 29 Lecture 1: Introduction to public health system in China: the past, present and future.

Lecture 2: Orientation to Chinese culture

In China


May 14



Departure from home to Shanghai, China


May 15


PM. Arrive in Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). Airport pick- up. Check in hotel.

EV: Rest

3 May 16


AM: Visit Shanghai Museum, one of the best museums in China and have a glimpse of Chinese culture.

PM:  Visit French Concession with a hundred years of history. Experience the influence of western culture in architecture, food, and lifestyle in Shanghai.

EV: Visit the Bund (or Waitan). The waterfront area in central Shanghai with best night view of contemporary skyline.

4 May 17


AM: Visit Lu Jia Zui, the financial center, and Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Asia. Experience rapid economic growth in China and how such growth has reshaped the city landscape.

PM: Visit Yu Garden, Experience city garden in a metropolitan of 22 million population. Visit Jade Budda Temple. Experience contemporary Chinese practice of religion.

5 May 18


AM: Take train from Shanghai Hongqiao Station to Xiamen North Station (G1657, 10:18am—16:46pm).

PM: Arrive in Xiamen University, check in hotel on campus.

EV: Welcome dinner with faculty and students from XMU-SPH.

6 May 19


AM: Visit XMU affiliated Xiamen No. 1 Hospital, observe its online appointment system, E-Clinic system and understand the limited medical resources in China and exploration of mHealth solutions to bridge the gap.

PM: Visit a rural township and residential neighborhood.

EV: Visit Coastal Road of Xiamen, observe how urban Chinese exercise with limited physical activity facilities.

7 May 20


AM-PM: Visit Gu Lang Yu, a small island with beautiful scenery. Understand contemporary Chinese history from 1800s to 2000. Understand the connection of Xiamen and Taiwan.


May 21


AM: Visit a community health clinic with traditional Chinese practice, guest lecture by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, and understand how ideology of traditional medicine shapes Chinese people’s health behavior.

PM: Visit a senior care center; observe how elderly are being cared in China.

9 May 22


AM: Visit Xiamen 110/120 center, the Emergency Response Center. Understand the public health emergency response system in China.

PM: Visit Xiamen CDC, guest lecture by local CDC officials. Understand the China CDC at various administrative levels.

10 May 23


AM: Visit XMU affiliated Xiamen Women and Children’s Hospital, guest lecture by faculty of Women’s Hospital. Visit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and learn maternal health and neonatal health system in China.

PM: Visit a kindergarten in Xiamen, take part in class activities. Understand how new generations of Chinese have adopted new lifestyles and how that have affected children’s health outcomes.

11 May 24


AM: Take shuttle to XMU-Xiang’An Campus. Present in China-US Students Research Symposium in XMU-SPH.

PM: Lunch with XMU-SPH leaders and faculty. Visit XMU-Xiang’An Campus.

12 May 25


AM: Fly from Xiamen to Beijing (Shandong Airline SC 4993, 7:45—10:45am). Airport pickup.

PM: Visit The Tian’an’men Square and experience the symbol of power center of China. Visit “Hutong” (historical alleys), enjoy a family meal with local residents.

13 May 26


AM: Visit Royal Summer Palace, the emperor residence of Qing Dynasty.

PM: The Olympic Buildings, Bird Nest and Water Cubic (sites of 2008 Beijing Olympics).



May 27


AM & PM: Visit the Great Wall, one the 7 great wonders in the world. Observe the 2000-year history of the Great Wall across more than 20 dynasties.
15 May 28


AM: Visit the Forbidden City. The residence of Emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties. Understand the 3,000-year history of emperor and feudal culture.

PM:  Take train from Beijing South Station to Shanghai Hongqiao Station, G17 (3:00-7:28pm).

EV: Stay in Shanghai hotel

16 May 29


AM-PM: Depart from Shanghai, back to US, arrive home in the evening of May 29.
Post-trip assignments
June 30 Video/blog submitted by 4pm
July 30 Final paper due at 4pm.