Culture, Health and Medical Practice in Contemporary China


Program Information

Shanghai is a city rich with medical knowledge and history, and is the perfect place to explore a wide range of health practices. Acknowledging both ancient and modern, this program walks you through biomedicine in the context of China’s rapidly shifting culture.

This course first looks at the socio-cultural dimensions of health, introducing the recurring themes of medicalization, biopower, and traditional Chinese medicine. The second section examines how China addresses global health issues like aging, mental health, and infectious disease. In the final section you’ll explore different biomedical technologies and their influence on life and death: IVF, prenatal genetic testing, organ transplant, and stem cell research.

As you learn about biomedicine you’ll also analyse medical practices from a social and cultural point of view. This course aims to spark curiosity about how illness and suffering are shaped by political economy, and how healing systems are considered as social institutions and sources of authority in human knowledge. You’ll leave well equipped for your future medical studies as well as research based in current health trends, transitions, and policies.

Eligibility Requirements

Only Canadian citizens are eligible to receive CLIC support.

Open to graduate and undergraduate students at all six CLIC member universities.

Note: Credit transfer has only been approved of at the University of Alberta, University of Montreal, and University of Ottawa. Students from other CLIC member universities must submit course documentation to their faculty for credit transfer approval. Contact the CLIC office ( to help you to get the documents for credit transfer approval.


Fudan University, Shanghai


July 1 – 28, 2017

Application Procedure

Apply with your home university to receive your travel grant.

Complete an application with the China Scholarship Council.

Application Deadline

Check with your home university. Each Canadian university has its own deadlines for Summer programs.