PUBLIC HEALTH IN EUROPE
Beauty and Utility - Blending Architecture and Art in Paris
by Ariel Maschke, 2011
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Assistant Director, IPD Study Abroad
Location: Paris, France
Institution: Sciences Po
Term: Fall semester (2012 Program Dates: September 1 - December 16)
Application Deadline: February 15, 2013
Language Requirement: None - all classes are taught in English
Academic Interests: Global Health, Pre-Med, Social Policy, Research, Political Science, European Studies, French language
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Northwestern IPD Public Health in Europe program is designed to introduce students to current public health issues in the European Union as they affect standards of living, welfare systems, fiscal policies, trade, and scientific development. Through a series of seminars and excursions, the program covers the European public health policy process, systems for health care delivery in the EU, and the role of governmental and non-governmental institutions in addressing public health issues. The comprehensive curriculum – including seminars, excursions to Rennes, Geneva, and public health sites in Paris, and French language training – was developed jointly by Northwestern and Sciences Po, a premier university for public policy studies in Europe.
Established in 1872, Sciences Po is one of Europe’s most distinguished and well-known schools of public affairs. The majority of France’s political leaders are alumni, including former presidents Jacques Chirac and François Mitterrand. The Paris campus, located near the Seine and within walking distance of Notre Dame de Paris and the Louvre, is the most famous of the seven Sciences Po undergraduate campuses located all over France. While the University primarily conducts classes in French, the education has a strong international dimension, where students are expected to study at least two foreign languages in addition to French, and many courses are offered in English. Forty percent of Science Po’s student population is international, with 60 different nationalities represented.
HOUSING & MEALS
Accommodations and a meal plan are provided as part of the program package. Students have two options: living with a French family in a homestay or staying in a dormitory at St. John’s University’s Paris campus.
Program courses take place at Sciences Po in Paris. This is a Northwestern program with a set curriculum, so students must enroll in the courses listed below. Public Health in Europe participants will receive letter grades on their NU transcript, and the grades are factored into their Northwestern GPA.
POLI SCI 364-SA: France and the European Union (1 credit)
This course provides students with a history of modern French political culture and institutions. It addresses France's participation in European integration, the development of French social policy, and the political crises that informed the emergence of critical theory. The course is taken along with other IPD students abroad in Paris.
Course Instructor: Michael Loriaux
GBL HLTH 311-SA: Health Care Systems in Europe and the US (1 credit)
This course provides students with an understanding on the various ways in which health care systems are organized in European countries, the problems they face, and the reforms implemented or proposed at the national and EU levels.
Course Instructor: Bruno Palier
GBL HLTH 312-SA: Public Health in Europe: Issues and Policies (1 credit)
Students examine issues and debates on health policy in France and the EU, including primary health issues, health insurance, health inequalities, HIV/AIDS, SARS and elderly care. Lectures are supplemented by visits to relevant sites and guest speakers.
Course Instructor: Bruno Palier
GBL HLTH 313-SA: International Organizations and Health: A Research Seminar (1 credit)
The aim of this seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to conduct social science research on a topic of interest and to introduce them to the role of international organizations in rule-setting as well as framing, supporting, and implementing health policies. Students design team research projects, learn about research methodology, discuss their research progress, and present findings.
Course Instructor: Bruno Palier
FRENCH 199-SA or 299-SA: French Language (2 credits)
While there is no language prerequisite to participate in this program, students are required to take intensive language training in French while in Paris. Four levels of language instruction are offered, corresponding to the various levels of student proficiency. In addition to basic language skills, the course covers cultural and social aspects of Parisian life.
Courses taught by various instructors.
During one of the first weekends of the program, students of all Northwestern IPD Paris programs will travel to see the beaches of Normandy and American and German cemeteries from World War II. The trip typically lasts two days and one night, and it is one of the first opportunities to discover a bit about the history of France.
The Public Health program includes a trip to Rennes to visit the Ecole Nationale de Santé Publique (ENSP) for a two-day seminar exploring topics currently under research. In a series of lectures, guest speakers address a variety of health-related issues. Topics have included the effect of stress on health, HIV/AIDS in France, the relationship between culture and quality of healthcare, and the economics of hospital financing.
Geneva is home to the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO), Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC), United Nations (UN), International Labor Office (ILO), and Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF). Activities scheduled during this field trip vary annually but may include a visit to the WHO library, WHO Disease Prevention Headquarters, MSF offices, or the Health and Welfare Reform Offices of the ILO.
Review the following cost information sheets for a breakdown of and information about program costs:
NUSP Student Budget: Homestay Option (Fall 2013)
NUSP Student Budget: Dorm Option (Fall 2013)
Fall 2013 Total Esimated Cost of Attendance = $22,475.
Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities. Students participating in this program are subject to Withdrawal Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.
For more information about billing, finances, and financial aid for study abroad, please refer to the Money Matters resource page of the Study Abroad Office website or contact Krista Buda (firstname.lastname@example.org; 847-491-7400) in the Financial Aid Office.