Health and Pre-Med Programs Abroad
The following are several examples of study abroad programs geared toward pre-med students and students who are interested in global health and/or public health:
Denmark: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS): Medical Policy and Practice Program
The Medical Practice & Policy program is designed for students with a serious, documented interest in medicine and the required science background. It offers you:
A unique clinical course for pre-med students, not available in the US, valuable hands on experience such as patient cases and clinical lab exercises, and improved chances of getting into the medical school of your choice. See the Danish health care system at work and experience various ways of practicing medicine, from the hospital setting to general/private practice. Field Studies may include: Suture & Stethoscope Technique Workshop, Museum of Medical History, Danish Cancer Society, National Library of Science & Medicine, and Novo Nordisk (pharmaceutical company).
Tel: 1-800 247-3477
Denmark: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS): Public Health Program
Denmark provides a laboratory for exploring public health issues much different from the US – come see what these issues look like from a social welfare state with free health care and very high taxes. The program aims:
- To provide a Northern European perspective on the salient aspects of public health like pre-natal care, immunization, prevention, food safety, health promotion
- To help you understand the complex challenges of health policy making, prioritization, and health economics
- To advance your ability to derive comparative insights from analysis of different national health care systems
- To sensitize you to the political, social, economic, and moral issues involved in different models underlying modern health care systems
Tel: 1-800 247-3477
International Honors Program: Health & Community
IHP’s Health and Community study abroad programs offer a comparative perspective on some of the most challenging health issues around the world. These intellectually stimulating and experientially rich programs can jump-start your graduate education or career in public health, medicine, anthropology, international development or a related field. Itineraries include:
Spring Option #1: Switzerland, India, China, South Africa
Spring Option #2: Washington, DC, South Africa, Vietnam, Brazil
Kenya: Health & Community Development- SIT Study Abroad
Explore the intersections of economics, health, and social development in Kenya—home to more than 40 ethnic groups, each retaining a strong sense of cultural identity. The country has worked hard to reconcile diverse perspectives on development and health care as it allocates limited resources. Students will learn about Kenya’s advances in educational training, infrastructure, and technical development, and gain an understanding of the vibrant private sector and successful coalition-building efforts that have helped to strengthen Kenya’s economy. Homestays and educational excursions help illustrate that access to health care remains an issue for this predominantly rural population. Students interact with a wide array of local contacts in cosmopolitan, multiethnic Nairobi, the regional base for numerous local and international nongovernmental organizations engaged in development and health-related projects.
South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy - SIT Study Abroad
Examine the interplay of health care policy, education, and practice in South Africa. Students will focus on topics such as the relationship between traditional healing and western medicine, prenatal care, access to health care, and health education. Building on a multidisciplinary and historical analysis of health in South Africa, the program explores critical issues and initiatives in a nation where health policies have achieved mixed results in addressing health problems. The program base of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, serves as a nexus of health teaching, research, and practice in both western and traditional healing systems. Lecturers are drawn from the University of Kwazulu-Natal and a variety of non-government organizations (NGOs), most of whom are on the cutting edge of research and policy development. Students participate in a number of urban and rural homestays, in Durban and the North and South Coasts, getting a real sense of grassroots level health-care. Short excursions take students to special needs schools and various health-providing organizations. A particular highlight is the homestay with rural community health workers, whom students shadow on their daily rounds.
Botswana: Public Health Semester - CIEE
The new public health track of the CIEE Botswana program is designed to provide students with a focused look at public and environmental health issues in Botswana. It is based on the popular summer Community Public Health program at the CIEE Study Center at the University of Botswana.
Thailand: Community Public Health - CIEE
The Community Public Health program in Thailand provides an attractive option for students interested in studying community health issues and public health policy in an Asian context—in English—coupled with learning Thai as a second language. Thailand, a country known for its innovative public health system, provides a near perfect environment for students interested in an intensive and integrated immersion experience to examine issues of public health and social services on both a regional and national level through academic lectures from public health faculty coupled with site visits to communities, NGOs, and Ministry of Public Health projects.
Costa Rica: Organization for Tropical Studies: Tropical Medicine and Public Health
OTS and Duke University are launching a new semester program designed primarily for pre-med, biology, public health, and natural science majors to be trained in research in the areas of tropical medicine and public health in Costa Rica. The 15-week undergraduate semester abroad program emphasizes the scientific, intercultural, and social aspects of global health, tropical medicine, public health, ethnobiology, and research topics in these subjects. Instruction focuses on the internationally-recognized OTS method of field-based, hands-on learning. Lectures, readings from primary literature, and discussions are also integral components of the program and provide the conceptual framework for discussion, analysis, and interpreting field observations and research.
Tel. (919) 684-5774
Middlebury School in Latin America, Chile
The Middlebury School in Chile offers course work and internship options in public health. More information coming soon, and contact International Programs and Off-Campus Study for further information.
Science courses are available at many of the Middlebury Schools Abroad, in the language of the host country.
English-speaking University (direct enrollment) Options:
There are many opportunities for pre-med students at UK and Irish universities; see our web site for more information. Also, a number of universities in Australia and New Zealand offer pre-med opportunities; see our web site.
Some specific examples include:
England: University of Bristol (Pre-Medical Studies)
The University of Bristol has a pre-medical program where units can be combined in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology, neuroscience, molecular genetics and cell biology. Units on physics and chemistry from the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences would help you prepare for MCAT, which can be taken in the UK. (Please note: You can study at Bristol for the full year, or for fall or spring semesters only; note that the fall semester includes J-term.)
King's College London: Study Abroad Practice of Medicine Course
The Practice of Medicine course (MX1000) offers a valuable learning opportunity for undergraduate students (currently enrolled at North American universities), interested in studying medicine at the pre-med level. The course is particularly suitable for those registered or thinking of registering for their Medical Degrees and is offered in conjunction with other elective modules as part of the King’s College London Study Abroad Programme.
The Practice of Medicine course is the first in the UK to offer an integrated curriculum including the social, ethical and anthropological perspectives underpinning practice. The course combines an in-class curriculum with a range of shadowing opportunities in different clinical settings.
England: University of Lancaster (Pre-Med Program and Health Care Program)
An important feature of Lancaster's offerings is the wide range of science courses available to study abroad students, including almost all of the core MCAT courses and numerous others suitable for majors in the following areas: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, including Biochemistry, Chemistry, including Organic and Physical Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. In all the relevant subjects, laboratory and/or fieldwork are available. Lancaster has made special efforts to establish themselves as a center for science and pre-medical studies in the UK. (Please note: You can study at Lancaster for the full year or spring semester only.)
England: University of Sussex (Pre-Med Semester)
The University of Sussex has offered, since 1990, a program specifically designed for the needs of pre-medical students from North America. Sussex offers a complete range of the necessary courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. As a student on the Pre-Medical programme you may have an opportunity to volunteer at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, a local hospice, or for the campus rescue team. (Please note: You can study at Sussex for the full year or for spring semester only.)
Stacey Thebodo, Assistant Director
International Programs and Off-Campus Study
Arlinda Wickland, Health Professions Advisor