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Open to non-NU students.
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Institution: Tel Aviv University (TAU)
Term: Spring Quarter 2015
Application Deadline: November 1, 2014
Language Requirement: None - All classes are taught in English


The Northwestern IPD Public Health in Israel program exposes students to the distinctive Israeli health and public health systems and the different populations that access these systems, as well as the delivery of medical relief in disaster situations, an activity for which Israel is internationally recognized. Students will also learn about the organization and administration of a nationalized and high quality medical health care system that places Israelis among the healthiest people in the world, even when compared to the US and other developed countries. Israel's expertise in the delivery of health care to immigrant and minority populations will be also be a focal point of the program, and students will learn about the policies and barriers to healthcare delivery to culturally and economically diverse populations and about the unique physical and cultural conditions of these varied populations. 


Tel Aviv University (TAU) is a comprehensive university, the largest in Israel, with approximately 29,000 students. TAU has excellent programs in the natural and physical sciences, engineering, and math, as well as in the social sciences, arts, music, and humanities. The Medical School and School of Public Health count on the vast clinical and medical research facilities of Tel Hashomer and several smaller hospitals and clinics, as well as a network of clinics in Arab-Israeli villages and throughout Israel.


Public Health in Israel (1 credit)
This course is an introduction to the public and community health system of Israel. The course will cover the evolution of public and general health services since the early days of the nation, the influence of the Universal Health Insurance Act of 1994, and the examination of critical health issues confronting Israel. Programming models, theories, and policy development specific to the Israeli society are included. 

Course Instructor: Gabriel Chodick

Research Seminar: Socioeconomic & Health Disparities Among Immigrants and Minorities in Israel (1 credit)
The Research Seminar will provide an opportunity for teams of students to develop and elaborate research projects that analyze the socioeconomic and public health challenges facing minority and underserved populations in Israel. The focus will be on the social, political, and economic determinants of health disparities in Israel and the importance of developing locally relevant solutions.
Course Instructors: Elie Rekhess and Gabriel Chodick

Israeli Society: Identity, Nation-Building and Ethnicity (1 credit)
This course explores Israel’s national identity through an analysis of the “Proclamation of Independence,” and a discussion of the interrelationship between Judaism, Jewish peoplehood, Israeli nationality and citizenship. The course then proceeds to examine the nation-building process: the transformation from “Yishuv” to sovereignty, the formation of state institutions, and the electoral system. The third part of the course explores Israel’s multi-faceted society, including the in-gathering of the Exiles and the three major entho-cultural cleavages: Mizrahim-Ashkenazim, Religious-Secular, and Arab-Jewish.
Course Instructor: Elie Rekhess

Medical Management of Disasters and Mass Casualty Events (1 credit)
This course will expose students to medical preparedness, response and recovery in the case of disasters and mass casualty events. Students will investigate methods for preparing medical personnel to handle disaster situations, including training, drills, exercises, simulation games and protocols, as well as perform event analyses on past mass casualty events worldwide. They will also be exposed to the different players operating in the field and how they interact, including principles of integrated operation, coordination and control of forces on the ground, logistics, media influence and usage, and risk management and decision-making strategies.
Course Instructor: Kobi Peleg


Field trips to historical and archaeological sites, kibbutzim, medical institutions, and research facilities will complement class lectures and readings. This includes an extended excursion during the week of Passover to sites such as the Dead Sea, the mountain fortress of Masada, and Galilee. Possible health-related visits include: the National Center for Trauma & Emergency Medicine Research and the National Simulation Center where students will get to role-play an emergency scenario.


Students will be housed in dormitories on campus with international and Israeli students. Most dorm rooms will be doubles, shared with other students in the program, and each building contains access to kitchenettes and laundry facilities. Meals are not provided, but students will have easy access to cafes and restaurants on campus as well as a wealth of food options and markets in Tel Aviv.


Spring 2014 Program Fee = $15,040, which includes tuition, program-related excursions, HTH Worldwide Health Insurance, and housing. Students should also budget about $1,200 for international airfare and approximately $2500 for books and discretionary expenses, including meals, non-program transportation, additional activities, and incidentals.

Students applying to this program are additionally 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 Bethel in the Financial Aid Office.