London - Health Practice & Policy

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Program Description

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Why London?

Don’t just learn about health care in a classroom—immerse yourself in the study of compelling public health issues in London and Kingston, Jamaica that are affecting local communities, regions, and the global population.

What You'll Study

This program was created to meet the academic needs and interests of students majoring or minoring in public health, and students who may be considering future work in health care.

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 London Faculty
  • One Health course taught at the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London or at the School of Global Health at Queen Mary, University of London
  • One intensive 6-credit Social Welfare Policy course with a required service-learning placement in London and in Kingston at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona
  • One elective course from the Study London Program

During the final 10 days of the term, you participate in an extended program-related trip to Kingston, Jamaica, hosted by the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona. Learn about health care issues in a developing economy through lectures, discussions, and observations at community health clinics and local NGOs.

Daily Life

London will be your classroom. Meet with and learn from local health professionals. Learn how the British health care system operates. Learn about the Jamaican community in London so you can compare their health care with those in Jamaica when you spend time there. Everything you do will be a part of your learning experience.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with City, University of London; Queen Mary, University of London; and the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona.

This program offers unique courses that explore Health and Human Sciences through an in-depth approach. World-class professors at IES Abroad and our partner universities in England and Jamaica will enhance your studies and provide you with new perspectives each day in class, combining the traditions of your home campus with the best of the British university system.

You enroll in 16 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following program components:

  • HL/SL395 Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective & Practicum Final portion taught at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona (required, 6 credits)
  • HL300 Comparative Health Care Systems & Policies in Britain, Europe, and the United States (required for fall students, 3 credits)
  • HL305 Public Health in Europe: Issues & Social Policies (required for spring students, 3 credits)
  • An additional Health course taught at the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London or at the School of Global Health at Queen Mary, the University of London (required, 4 credits)

Study London Program elective course (required, 3 credits) 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

  • The Architecture of London: 1600-Present Day
  • Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy
  • Censored! What the British Could Not See
  • Media and UK Politics
  • British Youth Culture From 1950 to the Present
  • Theater In London: An Introduction
  • The Economics and Business of Climate Change
  • Visiting Europe In Cinema
  • Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy
  • International Finance
  • Representations of Identity, Nation and Values in British Cinema Spring
  • London Video Film Production Workshop
  • Censored! What the British Could Not See
  • Visiting Europe In Cinema
  • Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature
  • Comparative Healthcare Systems and Policies in Great Britain, Europe, and the United States
  • Public Health in Europe: Issues and Social Policies Spring
  • International and European Health and Human Rights
  • Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective and Practicum
  • The History Of London
  • From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History
  • Contemporary Business Issues And The Eu
  • Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Ethics
  • International Marketing Management: Europe
  • The Economics and Business of Climate Change
  • Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice
  • Literature And Place
  • Modern British Novel
  • Shakespeare The Dramatist
  • Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature Spring, Summer
  • Managing Behaviour in Organisations
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Ethics
  • International Marketing Management: Europe
  • An Introduction to European Integration: History, Institutions, and Policies
  • Media and UK Politics
  • International and European Health and Human Rights
  • Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective and Practicum
  • British Youth Culture From 1950 to the Present
  • Playwriting Workshop
  • From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History

Partner Institution(s)

University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona - Jamaica

Located in Kingston, Jamaica, the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona offers quality nursing education programs that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in health care and nursing practices. As a leading institution of higher education in the Caribbean, the university engages in research and development designed to support the social and economic growth of the local region and to strengthen community health care services.

In the final 10 days of your study abroad term, you participate in a program-related trip to Kingston, Jamaica, hosted by the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona. While there, you learn about health care in a developing economy, attend lectures at the University, and finish the Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective & Practicum course.

The 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 health care; and facilitate your engagement with public health at the community level, particularly for socially and economically vulnerable populations.

School of Health Sciences - City, University of London

As a large, urban university with a strong international community, City University is a part of the University of London, which includes several other institutions. City’s academic roots in industry and technology reflect its contemporary commitment to such disciplines as Health Sciences, Business, and Engineering. City enrolls approximately 18,000 students, and its large international student body (more than 50%) makes it reflective of London’s incredibly multicultural population.

Previous courses available to IES Abroad students in the School of Health Sciences at City have included:

  • PH3001 Health Policy and Politics (4 credits, spring)
  • PH3002 Exploring Public Health (4 credits, fall)

Typically you will need 4-5 classes in a specific subject area in order to enroll in a 3000-level class.

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 more than 25,000 students, QMUL offers an extensive range of challenging academic options. In addition, the college has a long history of internationalism: 30% of the student body comes from outside the United Kingdom, with more than 160 countries represented in the

international student population.

Previous courses available to IES Abroad students in the School of Global Health at QMUL have included:

  • ICM6076 Governance of Migration, Displacement, and Healthcare (4 credits, spring)
  • ICM6077 Migrants, Inequality and the Cultural Politics of Health (4 credits, fall)
  • ICM6107 Planetary Health and International Health Policy (4 credits, spring)

Level 6 modules are taken by final year degree students in the UK, who will have spent the preceding years specializing in the subject area. Therefore, the expectation of seminar discussion, written work, and outside reading is undertaken will be high, and there will be a significant time commitment required of students.

Service Learning

Participating in a service-learning experience in London is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people toward a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect London while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution.

Service-learning is an essential component of the Health Practice & Policy Program. With the goal of contributing to the community being served, placements provide students with 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 are supervised. Placement examples include:

London

  • Education
  • Mental Health Outreach
  • NGO Administration
  • Public Health Administration
  • Social Outreach

Kingston

  • Community Health Clinics
  • NGOs

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in London, our field trips and course-related trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.

Edinburgh

3 Days | Fall & Spring

Take a trip to Scotland’s capital where you’ll learn about the city’s history on a guided walking tour. Visit Edinburgh Castle that overlooks the city from its hill-top location, and take a day trip to a wildlife reserve in the Highlands.

Stonehenge & Bath

2 Days | Fall & Spring

Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath. Marvel at the collection of world-class couture at the Fashion Museum, and explore the Jane Austen Centre.

Brighton

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy a visit to the Royal Pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.

Cambridge

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit this historic university town, with its picturesque colleges and punting (in a gondola) on the river.

Liverpool

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Spend a Saturday experiencing Liverpool. Enjoy a guided tour around the city, including a visit to the Beatles Museum.

Stratford-Upon-Avon

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit Shakespeare’s house, which was the place of his birth, and Holy Trinity Church, where he is buried.

This program also includes one course-related trip per semester that allows you to better understand first-hand the community health care challenges in a developing economy. Course-related trips are required, integral academic components of this program. The cost of the course-related trips is included in the IES Abroad program fee.

Jamaica

10 Days | Fall & Spring

A 10-day trip to Kingston, Jamaica, complements your courses and helps you better understand the community health care challenges in a developing economy through lectures, discussions, and service-learning at community health clinics. Hosted by the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona, the trip addresses multi-disciplinary topics, including the response of the nursing profession in Jamaica to global health challenges, current research on regional health care needs, and local public-private partnerships.

Course-Related Trips

In addition to the required course-related trip to Kingston (described above), IES Abroad London organizes course-related trips 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 trips for students enrolled in specific courses. For course-related trips 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 trips 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

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in England and Jamaica is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

The IES Abroad orientation program takes place in and around London and is designed to acquaint you with the program, your fellow students, and to London.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

Other highlights include a London bus and walking tour, a welcome event, and a visit to the Tower of London.

You also learn about the teaching methods of British professors and the educational format of the Health Practice & Policy Program, including academic policies and field trips. You receive academic advising and finalize your course registration during orientation. You have additional orientation sessions on enrollment at City, University of London or Queen Mary, University of London, and at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona, in Kingston, Jamaica.

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 in Central London – You and another IES Abroad student share a room with an en-suite bathroom and have access to a common kitchen or ensuite kitchenette. No meals are included.

There are laundry facilities and WiFi access throughout the building, and you will have access to a fitness facility.

Student Apartments in Kingston – You will be housed in apartments during your 10-day, program-related trip that is part of this program. Each apartment houses four students, and the faculty on the trip are housed in adjacent apartments. Your housing, some food costs, and internal transportation are covered in the program fee.

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
  • Going on outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London’s many entertainment venues

Cost

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.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $17,150 $5,040 $230 $22,420

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Robert McNeill Need-Based International Business Scholarship

Up to $3,000; awarded to 2 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Robert McNeill, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for 25 years (6 years as Chairman). Open to students who have an interest in international business. Majors might include management, marketing, economics, finance, international relations, and social and behavioral sciences.

Edward Mowatt Endowed Scholarship

Up to $2,000 each; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

These scholarships are for students on the IES Abroad London semester and year programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.

Features include:

  • 18th-century Georgian building
  • Classrooms
  • Library resources
  • Wireless Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Outdoor patio
  • Staff offices
  • Student lounge
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms

The IES Abroad London Center is recognized by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for meeting or exceeding UK expectations as a quality higher education provider.

Last updated November 2019

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