Medical & Healthcare Study Abroad in China

  The proposed itinerary is designed to provide the students with a basic understanding of China medical, healthcare and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This will include an overview of medical & healthcare in China, the history of TCM and the philosophy behind TCM. Western medicines are widely distributed in most city, many of Chinese still rely on TCM due to its long history, mild side effect and low cost. Actually, you will find western medicine and TCM has been practicing side-by-side in hospitals. The program will consist of academic visits, lectures, meetings, and field trips. Field trips will include hospital visits, TCM pharmaceutical factory and herbal farms, as well as community clinic. In addition, several cultural activities are planned.




Day 1
Arrive in Beijing and check in the hotel.
Day 2
Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City - the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and one section of Great Wall -  the most magnificent man-made defense structures in the world. Taste Peking roast duck at dinner.
Day 3
Visit Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion and Acupuncture Hospital as well as have a lecture by Chinese scholar on Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. Then, Visit Beijing Tong Ren Tang Pharmaceutical Group.
Day 4
Visit the Beijing United Family Healthcare and Beijing Medicinal Plant Garden to learn how to recognize important TCM herb plants. Then, tour the Summer Palace - the best preserved and the second largest royal garden in China, with a history of over 800 years.  
Day 5
Visit the Beijing Emergency Medical Center and a community clinic. Take a high speed train to Xian - the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
Day 6
Visit the City Wall - the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China,  the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, and Big Wild Goose Pagoda - one of the most distinctive and outstanding city landmarks in Xian.  Enjoy a dumpling dinner, where more than 20 varieties of traditional dumplings will be served.
Day 7
Take high-speed train to Luoyang - one of the Four Ancient Capitals of China.  Visit Longmen Grottoes – one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties. Then, transfer to Dengfeng city – home of Shaolin Temple.
Day 8
Shaolin Temple
Take a morning class with Shaolin monks in the temple in early morning. Then, visit Shaolin Temple – the cradle of Kung Fu, Pagoda Forest and Shaolin Orphanage. Watch the wonderful Shaolin Kung Fu Performance at Martial Art Hall. Drive back to Zhengzhou – the capital city of Henan Province, in the evening.
Day 9
Visit School of Basic Medicine or College of Public Health of Zhengzhou University. Tour the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University.
Day 10
Take a morning flight to Shanghai in the morning. Visit Yu Yuan Garden - a famous classical garden in the south of China, and surrounded Yuyuan bazaar.
Day 11
Visit Shanghai Museum of TCM to learn TCM’s history, culture, achievement and variety functions of Chinese herbs. Tour Shanghai Sine Promod Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd.  Option: Watch acrobatic show in the evening
Day 12
Visit the Shanghai Museum – one of the best museums in China, Pudong financial area - one of the busiest and prosperous areas of the world, and the Bund – a famous waterfront and the symbol of Shanghai. Have free time in the afternoon.
Day 13
Bus to the Pudong International Airport and fly to your next destination.
The Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion: It is affiliated institute of China Academy of Chinese Medical Science. It is one of the WHO Collaborating Centers for Traditional Medicine and the biggest scientific research organization specialized on acupuncture in China. The institute has been involved in all of the national key research programs on acupuncture throughout the country over the past 5 decades. China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center and the Acupuncture Hospital of CACMS are its two subordinate organizations.
Beijing Tong Ren Tang Group: It is a famous time-honored brand in traditional Chinese medicine industry. It was founded in the year 1669. With unique recipes, top-class raw materials, excellent workmanship and evident curative effect, the products of TRT enjoy a high prestige at home and abroad and are sold to over 40 countries and regions.
United Family Healthcare: It was the first and remains China’s largest foreign-invested healthcare provider. After 17 years in China, UFH has established itself in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuxi, Tianjin, and now Mongolia as the provider of choice for those who want the very best in personalized healthcare.
The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University: The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University was constructed in September 1928. It is a comprehensive hospital that specializes in teaching, scientific research, medical treatment, disease prevention, health care and rehabilitation. The hospital is also highly capable in the field of treatment, international exchange and scientific research.
Shanghai Sine Promod Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd: It is a Shanghai based manufacturer of medicines and health products. Being a member of the family of Sine Laboratories, a comprehensive medicines and pharmaceutical group company, of which history can be traced back to the year 1916.  Shanghai Sine Promod Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd. is well known for its high quality and technology in China.

    This proposed itinerary is tentative and subject to change. Best efforts will be used to plan site visits and academic exchanges as indicated, but not guarantee due to many complex factors. If you need any more information or want to organize such kind of trip, please feel free to contact us:

  Background Information on “Medical and Health Service in China”

  The people's health has been improved. Judging from important indicators that give expression to national health, the health of the Chinese people is now among the top in developing countries. In 2010, the life expectancy was 74.8 years - 72.4 years for males and 77.4 years for females; the maternal mortality rate went down from 51.3 per 100,000 in 2002 to 26.1 per 100,000 in 2011; the infant mortality rate and the mortality rate of children under the age of five have kept dropping, with the former going down from 29.2 per thousand in 2002 to 12.1 per thousand in 2011, and the latter, from 34.9 per thousand to 15.6 per thousand, attaining ahead of schedule the UN Millennium Development Goal in this regard.

  Medical and healthcare systems covering both urban and rural residents have been put in place. Of these systems, the first is the public health service system, which covers disease prevention and control, health education, maternity and child care, mental health, health emergency response, blood collection and supply, health supervision, family planning and some other specialized public health services, and a medical and healthcare system based on community-level healthcare networks that provides public health services. The second is the medical care system. In the rural areas, it refers to a three-level medical service network that comprises the county hospital, the township hospitals and village clinics, with the county hospital performing the leading role, and township hospitals and village clinics service at the base. And in the cities and towns, it refers to a new type of urban medical health service system that features division of responsibilities as well as cooperation among various types of hospitals at all levels and community healthcare centers. The third is the medical security system. This system comprises mainly the basic medical security, supported by many forms of supplementary medical insurance and commercial health insurance. The basic medical security system covers basic medical insurance for working urban residents, basic medical insurance for non-working urban residents, a new type of rural cooperative medical care and urban-rural medical aid, which cover, respectively, the employed urban population, unemployed urban population, rural population and people suffering from economic difficulties. And the fourth is the pharmaceutical supply system, which covers the production, circulation, price control, procurement, dispatching and use of pharmaceuticals. The recent work is focused on establishing a national system for basic drugs.

  The health financing structure has been constantly improved. China's health expenditure comes from the government's general tax revenue, social medical insurance, commercial health insurance, residents' out-of-pocket spending, etc. In 2011, the total health expenditure in China reached 2,434.591 billion yuan, 1,806.95 yuan per capita. The total expenditure accounted for 5.1% of the country's GDP. In comparable prices, the health expenditure grew by an average annual rate of 11.32% from 1978 to 2011. Individual "out-of-pocket" spending declined from 57.7% in 2002 to 34.8% in 2011, showing that health financing is working better in the areas of risk protection and re-distribution. In 2011, the spending on hospitals and outpatient establishments was 1,808.94 billion yuan, and that on public health agencies, 204.067 billion yuan, comprising 71.74% and 8.09%, respectively, of the total health expenditure. Of the total spending on hospitals, those on urban hospitals, county hospitals, community health service centers and township health service centers stood at 64.13%, 21.28%, 5.17% and 9.3%, respectively.

  Health resources have been developing in a sustained way. By the end of 2011, medical and healthcare institutions around the country totaled 954,000, an increase of 148,000 over 2003. Licensed doctors (assistants) reached 2,466,000, or 1.8 per thousand people, as compared with 1.5 per thousand people in 2002. Registered nurses totaled 2,244,000, or 1.7 per thousand people, as compared with one per thousand people in 2002. The number of hospital beds reached 5160,000, or 3.8 per thousand people, as compared with 2.5 per thou-sand people in 2002.

  Marked improvement has been seen in the utilization of medical and health services. In 2011, medical institutions throughout the country hosted 6.27 billion outpatients, as compared with 2.15 billion in 2002; and admitted 150 million inpatients, as compared with 59.91 million in 2002. That year, Chinese residents went to the medical institutions for medical treatment 4.6 times on average; 11.3 of every 100 people were hospitalized; the utilization rate of hospital beds reached 88.5%; and the hospital stay of the inpatients averaged 10.3 days. These figures show that it has become increasingly convenient to see a doctor and more easily accessible to get medical services. In 2011, 83.3% of all households (80.8% in rural areas) could reach medical institutions within 15 minutes, as compared with 80.7% in 2002. Medical service quality management and control systems have been constantly improved. A system of blood donation without compensation has been established, so as to ensure blood supply and safety.

  From National Health and Family Planning Commission of the PRC

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