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Overview

Don’t just learn about health care in a classroom — immerse yourself through theory and practice in compelling public health issues in the United Kingdom and Kingston, Jamaica, that are affecting local communities, countries, and the global population right now. The curriculum for this program was created to meet the academic needs and interests of students in pre-professional medical studies and public health majors and minors, as well as students studying Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. Through our program, you discover the different perspectives, challenges, and needs of diverse populations in London and Kingston with a once-in-a-lifetime service learning opportunity. Your course load includes:

  • one health studies course taught by IES Abroad in London
  • a health course taught at the School of Health Science at City, University of London, OR a health course taught at the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London
  • an intensive service learning and practicum in London and Kingston at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona, and
  • one elective course from the Study London Program

London will also be your classroom. Meet with and learn from local medical professionals, epidemiologists, social anthropologists, and public policy-makers. Learn how the British health care system operates. Study the Jamaican community in London so you can compare when you spend time in Kingston. Everything you do will be a part of your learning experience. In the final 10 days of the term, you participate in an extended course-related excursion to Kingston, Jamaica; hosted by the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona. There you will learn about the health care issues in a developing economy through lectures, discussions, and observation at community health clinics and local NGO's.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad London
  • City: London
  • Country: England
  • Program Credits: 15 or 16 credits per semester (4 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • September 4 (London) - December 15 (Jamaica)

Spring 2019

  • Early January (London) - Mid-April (Jamaica; students enrolled in a QMUL course)
  • Mid-January (London) - Mid-April (Jamaica; students enrolled in a City course)

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - October 15, 2018

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad programme possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL); the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London (City); and the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona, Jamaica. This programme offers unparalleled courses that explore Health and Human Sciences through an in-depth and hands-on approach. World-class professors at IES Abroad, QMUL, City, and the University of West Indies enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. All IES Abroad courses are taught by British and international faculty and are designed to offer you a unique academic experience, combining the traditions of your home campus with the best of the British university system. You enroll in 16 credits per semester from the following required and optional programme components:

Required Courses:

  • HL/SL395 Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective and Practicum (6 credits) Final portion taught at University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona
  • HL300 Comparative Health Care Systems and Policies in Britain, Europe and the U.S. (fall) / HL305 Public Health in Europe: Issues and Social Policies (spring) (3 credits)
  • An additional health course, which may be a course taught by the School of Medicine and Dentistry at QMUL OR a course taught at the School of Health Sciences at City (4 credits)
  • Study London Program Elective course (3 credits)

IES Abroad Study London Program Elective Course

Please visit the Study London Program page to learn more about the elective courses offered in a variety of disciplines such as Art History, Communications & Media Studies, Film Studies, Fine Arts, History, Literature, Marketing, Sociology, or Women’s Studies.

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

Art History

  • AH 341 - The Architecture Of London: 1600-Present Day (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • AH/FA 390 - Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy (Fall, Spring)

Communications

  • FS/CM 325 - Censored! What The British Could Not See (Spring, Summer)
  • PO/CM 350 - Media and UK Politics (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Cultural Studies

SO/CU 352 - British Youth Culture From 1950 To The Present (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Drama

DR 315 - Theater In London: An Introduction (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Economics

IR/EC 330 - The Economics And Business Of Climate Change (Fall)

Fine Arts

AH/FA 390 - Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy (Fall, Spring)

Finance

FI 355 - International Finance (Fall, Spring)

Film Studies

  • FS 345 - Passions And Repressions: Cinematic Representations Of British Identity In British Cinema (Fall, Spring)
  • FS 390 - London Video Film Production Workshop (Fall, Spring)
  • FS/CM 325 - Censored! What The British Could Not See (Spring, Summer)
  • LT/FS 340 - Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature (Spring, Summer)

Health Studies

  • HL 300 - Comparative Healthcare Systems And Policies In Great Britain, Europe, And The United States (Fall)
  • HL 305 - Public Health In Europe: Issues And Social Policies (Spring)
  • PO/HL 310 - International and European Health and Human Rights (Fall, Spring)
  • SL/HL 395 - Social Welfare Policy In The United Kingdom And Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective And Practicum (Fall, Spring)

History

  • HS 336 - The History Of London (Fall, Spring)
  • WS/HS 366 - From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History (Fall, Spring)

International Business

  • IB 340 - Contemporary Business Issues And The Eu (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice (Fall, Spring)
  • MG/IB 320 - Strategic Management (Spring)
  • MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics (Fall, Spring)
  • MG/IB 355 - International Marketing Management: Europe (Fall, Spring, Summer)

International Relations

  • IR/EC 330 - The Economics And Business Of Climate Change (Fall)
  • IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice (Fall, Spring)

Literature

  • LT 312 - Literature And Place (Spring, Summer)
  • LT 322 - Modern British Novel (Spring)
  • LT 351 - Shakespeare The Dramatist (Fall, Spring)
  • LT/FS 340 - Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature (Spring, Summer)

Management

  • MG 302 - Managing Behaviour in Organisations (Fall, Spring)
  • MG/IB 320 - Strategic Management (Spring)
  • MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics (Fall, Spring)
  • MG/IB 355 - International Marketing Management: Europe (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Political Science

  • PO 325 - An Introduction To European Integration: History, Institutions, And Policies (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/CM 350 - Media and UK Politics (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • PO/HL 310 - International and European Health and Human Rights (Fall, Spring)

Service-Learning

SL/HL 395 - Social Welfare Policy In The United Kingdom And Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective And Practicum (Fall, Spring)

Sociology

SO/CU 352 - British Youth Culture From 1950 To The Present (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Theatre Arts

  • TH 350 - European Approaches To Text And Theater Performance (Fall, Spring)
  • TH 390 - Playwriting Workshop (Fall, Spring)

Women's Studies

WS/HS 366 - From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History (Fall, Spring)

Partner Institution(s) University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona - Jamaica

The 10-day field study hosted by the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona, immerses you in the everyday issues of health care delivery in a developing economy through lectures, discussions, and observation at community health clinics and local NGO’s. A number of lectures and seminar discussions planned specifically for you will cover an overview of public health, healers, and alternative medicine in Jamaican culture, the roles of the WHO and PAHO in health care delivery and research in Jamaica, and an overview of nursing education. While you attend your 10-day field study in Kingston, Jamaica, you will attend lectures at the University of West Indies, School of Nursing, Mona.

During this final portion of your study abroad experience, you’ll finish Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective and Practicum. Goals of this portion of the program are to demonstrate the different perspectives, challenges, and needs represented by different patient populations in terms of their interactions with mainstream health care systems; examine the roles of various stakeholders in the delivery of healthcare; and facilitate your engagement with public health at the community level, particularly for socially and economically vulnerable populations.

City, University of London (City)

As a large, urban university with a strong international community, City, University of London gained its charter in 1966 (formerly Northampton Polytechnic, established in 1894). It joined the University of London in August 2016. The University of London system includes several other institutions with which IES Abroad in partnered—SOAS, Queen Mary, UCL, and the Courtauld, for example. City’s academic roots in industry and technology reflect its contemporary commitment to such disciplines as health sciences, business, and engineering. City enrolls approximately 24,000 students, and its large international student body (more than 50 percent) makes it reflective of London’s incredibly multicultural population. Courses available to IES Abroad students in the School of Health Sciences at City include:

  • NM3209 Research Methods (4 credits, Fall Semester Only)
  • PH3001 Health Policy and Politics (4 credits, Fall & Spring Semesters) - Only course available for Spring Students
  • PH3002 Exploring Public Health (4 credits, Fall Semester Only)

Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

Located in the diverse East End, QMUL maintains its own identity and community, and yet you are never more than a convenient Tube ride to the center of London. As a large institution with over 16,000 students, QMUL offers an extensive range of challenging academic options. In addition, the college has a long history of internationalism: 20 percent of the student body comes from outside the United Kingdom, with more than 100 countries represented in the international student population. The following courses in QMUL’s School of Medicine and Dentistry are available to IES Abroad students:

  • ICM5000 Communicable Diseases (4 credits, Fall Semester Only)
  • ICM5001 Non-Communicable Diseases (4 credits, Fall Semester Only)
  • ICM5005 Advanced Epidemiology and Statistics (4 credits, Spring Semester Only)*
  • ICM6046 Migration, Culture, and Health (4 credits, Spring Semester Only)
  • ICM6072 Gender, Sexuality, and Health (4 credits, Spring Semester Only)
  • ICM6105 Ecological Global Health (4 credits, Spring Semester Only)

*Enrollment in ICM5005 requires that students have previously taken an introductory course in epidemiology and statistics.

Service Learning

Service learning and practicum are essential components to the Health Practice & Policy Program, providing an invaluable cultural experience, practical exposure to the demands of community health care and policy, and development of professional and personal skills. All IES Abroad service learning placements and practica are supervised. Placement examples in London include public and private organizations that are involved in providing healthcare, healthcare administration, and formulating and implementing public health policy. The practicum in Kingston takes place at community health clinics or NGOs.

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad London organizes course-related excursions that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of British culture and society. Many IES Abroad London field trip destinations double as course-related excursions for students enrolled in specific courses. For course-related excursions that are required for a course, the cost for the trip is included in the program fee. For field study trips that are recommended but not required, you are responsible for a portion of the trip cost. Past course-related excursions include:

  • Performances at London’s West End Fringe and Royal Shakespeare theaters
  • Architectural walking tours
  • Exploration of London’s East End
  • A tour of the BBC

REQUIRED: A course-related excursion to Kingston, Jamaica, complements your courses and helps you better understand the community health care challenges in a developing economy. This two-week field study is hosted by the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave London, it will feel like home.

Residence Hall (London) – You will live in an international student residence hall located in central London. You and another IES Abroad student share a room with an attached bathroom and will either have access to a common kitchen with others on your floor or a kitchenette in your room. No meals are included, but there are many affordable eateries nearby. There are laundry facilities and common areas with wireless Internet (and 24-hour Internet access in your room) on various floors of the residence hall. Enjoy the 24-hour security and a short walk to public transportation.

Student Apartments (Kingston) – You will be housed in apartments during your 10-day field study with the London Health Practice and Policy program. Each apartment houses 4 students, and the faculty on the trip are housed in adjacent apartments. Your housing, most food costs, and internal transportation are covered in the program fee.

Student Life

Orientation

The IES Abroad orientation program takes place in and around London and is designed to orient you to the program, your fellow students, and to London. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Program, begins during orientation and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. Detailed information about academics, housing, public transportation, cultural adjustment, health and safety, and other important topics will also be covered.

Other highlights may include walking tours of London neighborhoods and a field trip to Greenwich or Windsor Castle. You also learn about the teaching methods of British professors and the educational format of the Study London Programme, including internships, academic policies, and field trips. Students receive academic advising and finalize their course registration during orientation. You have additional orientation sessions on enrollment at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, City, and QMUL.

More information will be given to you upon arrival.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in London through our cultural events, such as:

  • Touring Parliament, royal palaces, and gardens
  • Attending local sporting events, such as the English Premier League
  • Outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London's many entertainment venues

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your homeschool
  • A GPA of 3.3 or above in your concentration. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 overall will be considered if they can demonstrate strong academic motivation. GPAs below 3.0 will not be considered.
  • Junior or senior standing when the program begins.

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A student visa may be required to enter England. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information. If you're studying with IES Abroad in England, you may be eligible to use the IES Abroad ACCeSS program. ACCeSS is our visa processing service in which we submit your visa application and supporting documents to the consulate for you.

Cost

Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $16,380
  • Housing: $4,940
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $21,550

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
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