2014 China Trip

Southern Connecticut State University Department of Information and Library Science Presents:

The 2014 International Field Study in:

May 21 - June 5, 2014

Learn about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the field of information science, and visit some of China's most magnificent sites in this 2-week summer program.

Students will have the opportunity to meet international health information professionals, and acquire practical knowledge of informatics and services provided in libraries. Professional visits include the National Science Library, Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (IITCM), Chongwen Health School, hospital of traditional Chinese medicine and medical university libraries, as well as urban and rural health clinics in Beijing and Tianjin.

This cultural learning trip includes visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, and the Temple of Heaven. The outings also include watching demonstrations of taijiquan and qigong as well as experiencing various forms of actual herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage and dietary therapy.

Program participants will stay at the International Dorms of Tianjin Institutes of Technology, and will join a portion of their summer program. For more information on the university's summer program, please visit at http://www.tjut.edu.cn/gjjy/english/Introduction.jsp.

Don't miss this once-in-a lifetime experience, while earning 3-6 undergraduate or graduate-level credits.


Seminar in International Librarianship: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Informatics (ILS 630/ILS499)

The doctrines of Chinese medicine are rooted in books such as the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon and the Treatise on Cold Damage, as well as many other great tomes. This course is designed for students interested in exploring the health information system of another society using knowledge and skills that have been practiced and supported with more than two thousand years of evidence. The main emphasis of the course will be on understanding current informatics practice of TCM in China.

This course is also meant to act as a case study of healthcare information system/technology in China and how information professionals provide reference services to their medical and health communities including physicians and other patient caregivers, as well as to medical and allied health sciences students and faculty. The goal of this introductory level course is for students to achieve basic understanding of how the operation, maintenance, and development of another country's health information system is affected by its own culture and economy.

The course consists of seven lectures and five study tours including urban and rural healthcare clinics as well as demonstrations of Chinese diagnostic techniques by TCM doctors. Students will have an overview of Eastern medicine and its associated arts and culture then move on to Eastern medicinal terms and medical databases, so students can obtain basic knowledge and skills to be able to conduct related researches and manage some data mining projects in the field.


There are no pre-requisites for this course. Joint course: ILS 619 S70 Medical Bibliography and Libraries.


While students from any major are welcome to attend the class, students must be high school graduates. They must also complete a health report, sign a release of liability and have an international student I.D. card specified by the university.  Also they have to have emergency health insurance and permission of the instructor to register.

There are no prerequisites, but students are expected to have taken the introduction level courses in information science and reference services.


A non-refundable deposit $500 made out to SCSU Program in China is due upon application. This guarantees your participation in the program and reserves your room. A second payment of $1385 is due on March 1, 2014. The remainder of the balance ($1385) is due no later than May 1, 2014.

Program Fee Includes:

• Airfare, room & board, transportation to/from the airport and within China, planned group dinners and entrance to cultural activities sponsored by the program.

Fee Does Not Include:

• SCSU tuition and summer registration fee, personal expenses, touring, books, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements.

Please Note:

The program fee does not include the cost of an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which provides supplemental travel insurance to the purchaser. Every student who has not purchased the SCSU (Aetna) student health plan is required to purchase an ISIC card at the price of $22.50 for SCSU students and $25 for all others. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 203-392-5454. The cost of obtaining a valid passport, visa and textbooks are also participants' responsibility. With the exception of at least 3 group dinners, lunches and dinners are not be included in the program cost.  Dining is very reasonable in China; plan to spend about $15 to $25 per day on meals.

*The deposit will be returned if application is not accepted by the Program Director. For information regarding financial aid, please contact Ms. Gloria Lee at (203) 392-5445.




Yan Quan Liu at liuy1@southernct.edu