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Study Global Public Health In London

One amazing week can change your entire life


Textbooks and classrooms have their place, but there’s simply no substitute for experiencing learning first hand. Join the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health when we travel to beautiful, historic London to gain unique insights into global health systems by studying England’s National Health Service (NHS). From the moment you arrive in one of the world’s most exciting cities until you depart a week later, your time will be filled with rich learning opportunities, fascinating conversations with leading public health experts, exposure to the rich and vibrant culture of London, and astonishing insights that may change the course of your future career and even your life. Discover the early history of public health in a city overflowing with captivating examples and learn from world-renowned faculty who are not just knowledgeable, but also passionate about the subject.


3-Credit Spring Break Study Abroad Experience in London, England
“Health Systems Around the World: Understanding England’s National Health Service”
PBHL P450 Section 30951 (Undergraduate) or PBHL H670 Section 28291 (Graduate)


London Trip: March 12 – 17, 2017
(Depart the U.S. on March 11 in order to be at Winston House in London by 4:00 p.m. on March 12)

This study abroad course includes four mandatory pre-trip sessions. Students enrolling in this study abroad course to London must attend all four of these pre-trip meetings.

  • Meeting 1 | January 13, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Meeting 2 | January 27, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Meeting 3 | February 17, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Meeting 4 | March 3, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


This international experience will provide students with an opportunity to learn about healthcare systems around the world, with special emphasis on England’s National Health System. Students will receive an in-depth introduction to this global model for health services delivery and have an opportunity to compare and contrast the NHS to the U.S. system, which although one of the costliest in the world, delivers health outcomes that are among the worst in the world.

In London, students will explore both the past and the future of public health, including the early history of public health, as well as the organization, financing, challenges and future direction of the NHS. Classroom teaching will take place at Winston House at 3 Bedford Square in Bloomsbury, Central London. Participants will spend much of their time out in the field in a variety of activities, including:

  • Participate in walking tours led by guides with public health backgrounds who will incorporate their specialized, field-relevant knowledge into the tours. Tours will include discussion about sanitation and early epidemics in Victorian London, as well as a visit to the John Snow pub and the Broad Street pump, site of the infamous cholera outbreak.
  • Visit London-area historical sites, museums, and other cultural sites directly related to health and health systems.
  • Meet with local health experts, including faculty from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London.
  • Take part in a fun public health scavenger hunt in the heart of London.

There’s also time built in for students to explore London’s landmarks, museums, shops, and restaurants on their own.


Preceptors from the Fairbanks School of Public Health will include:


Olena Mazurenko, PhD, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Healthy Policy and Management

babichweb.jpg Tom Duszynski, MPH
Lecturer and Student Advisor in Epidemiology
Sandra Herman

Sarah Johnson, MSEd
Director of Career Development and Graduate Recruitment

Requirements and Expectations

Students are required to enroll in the course in order to participate in this study abroad experience, and will earn three credits. To satisfactorily complete the course, you must fulfill these requirements:

  1. 1. Attend all four pre-trip meetings on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis:
    • Meeting 1 | January 13, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Meeting 2 | January 27, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Meeting 3 | February 17, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Meeting 4 | March 3, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  2. 2. Participate in the week in London: March 12-17, 2017 (IUPUI Spring Break).
  3. 3. Complete the Individual or Group Project: Sharing your experience with the IUPUI Campus. You must submit a proposal for how you plan to share your experience with others on campus by March 31, 2017. Professor Duszynski, the course instructor, will review your proposal, provide comments, and provide final approval. Your proposal must include:
    • What information do you plan to share
    • Who is your target audience
    • How do you plan to share the information (you are encouraged to be creative!)
    • When do you plan to share the information (must be sometime during the remainder of the Spring 2017 semester)
    • Will you be working on this individually or as a team (you may work with up to two additional students from the trip)
  4. 4. Submit a summary of your work by May 1, 2017. If you wrote an article for a campus publication, you should submit the article. If you hosted an event, you should submit a summary of the event, including any materials your presented, number of attendees, etc.

Satisfactory completion of the course requirements will result in an “A” in this course. Requirements that are not submitted on time or are of poor quality will result in a lower grade.


Open to Indiana University students in good academic standing who meet these criteria:

  • Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Although designed for students with a special interest in health, students of all majors and IU campuses are welcome to apply
  • Graduate students from the Fairbanks School of Public Health may be permitted to attend with permission of the instructor (supplemental coursework will be assigned)

Minimum Number of Participants

We must have at least 12 participants. If we do not reach the minimum, the trip will be cancelled and all monies returned.


Students will stay at Acorn Apartmentsat a location that allows a reasonable commute to our classroom at Winston House in Bloomsbury. The accommodations are safe, clean and comfortable. Each student will have their own bed. If you would like to be housed with specific students, please email Sarah Johnson with the names and we will do our best to accommodate requests. No male students will be permitted to share rooms with female students unless they are traveling as a legally married couple.


Included in the cost of the trip are several meals, including a welcome dinner on Sunday, a continental breakfast at Winston House each day during the week, lunches four out of the five full days, and a festive reception with other students studying abroad in London. Students will be responsible for all other meals during travel and on site. Students will have facilities in their apartments for storing and fixing snacks as desired.


The Program Fee is $2,500, which covers: 

  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Transportation to scheduled learning activities
  • Some excursions
  • Oyster cards for Tube travel
  • Some tours and entrance fees

Additional expenses will include:

  • Airfare of approximately $1,000 for roundtrip transportation to London (students will arrange their own flights).
  • Spending money for meals, excursions, theater tickets, and other incidentals (recommend $300 to $400).
  • Study Abroad fees of $82 for the international study fee and $30 for insurance.
  • Tuition and related fees to cover the required three-credit hour course (amount will vary based upon residency status and full/part-time status); visit the IUPUI cost estimator to determine how the three additional credits will impact your Bursar bill for Spring 2017.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted until midnight on Friday, October 21, 2016. A total of 20 students will be accepted into the program. Preference will be given to Public Health undergraduate students, however, Public Health graduate students and undergraduate students of other majors are welcome to apply. Here’s what you need to do to secure your spot:

  • Click here to go to the online application. Complete the application. If you meet the criteria for the program and are accepted, you will receive notification within a few days that you have been accepted, along with a form you must sign to confirm your participation. You will have seven days from receipt of the notification to sign and submit the confirmation letter. If you do not sign the letter by the deadline, you will lose your spot.
  • One day after submitting the confirmation letter, you will receive a bill from the Bursar for the $2,500 program fee. You will need to pay the bill by the deadline indicated.
  • After submitting your confirmation you will need to register for the course:
    PBHL P450 Section 30951 (Undergraduate)
    PBHL H670 Section 28291 (Graduate)
  • After registering, undergraduates will receive a bill from the Bursar for any credit hours above the 18 credit cap included in the flat tuition rate. Graduate students will receive a bill for the full three credits.

Once we reach 20 registered participants, additional qualified applicants will be put on a waiting list in the order in which their application is received.


Have a question? We’re here to help! E-mail Sarah Johnson or call Sarah at (317) 278-8415.