Explore innovative health care and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in Montpellier & Paris.
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
In a 2000 World Health Organization report, France was recognized as the best health care system in the world for access to and quality of health care delivery. Southern France, especially Montpellier, is known as not only one of the most advanced and prolific biotechnology hubs in Europe and arguably the world, but also as the home to the oldest active school of medicine.
In this Global Seminar, explore France’s evolving development in health and society, with a particular focus on innovation in the health care sector. Examine the structure of health care systems and reimagine the concept of “socialized medicine” through an understanding of the origins and continued development of the French health care system. Learn about the cultural contexts and societal conditions that support such a thriving industry, as well as the effects of globalization on the health care sector and on broader global health.
Live in shared housing with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee. Take additional meals in the housing or at local eateries.
Excursions assist in illuminating program coursework and will take place in Montpellier, France. Possible excursions may include:
All program participants are required to and responsible for booking their own round-trip flight through Village Travel, a local travel agency that the Learning Abroad Center works with. The flight is listed as a cost that you will incur prior to departure and the Learning Abroad Center will notify confirmed participants of flight options to book through the travel agency.
It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.
*COVID-19 Updates: Given COVID-19 and entry regulations into the host country, program participants may be required to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel to the country, as a negative result will allow for a faster arrival process through the airport. Costs related to COVID-19 testing before arrival will be incurred by the individual student.
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This Global Seminar is led by Tricia Todd, Director, Pre-Health Student Resource Center and Karin Hamilton, Coordinator and Instructor, Global Programs, Pre-Health Student Resource Center.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Field Study, Study Abroad Center, Instructor-Led|
|Program Level||3000 level coursework|
One 3-credit course
A wide range of systems influence health status in a country. As the global world developed the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, we have seen an increase in innovative strategies by countries to meet the 2030 goals, and France is a leader in their efforts. From public health and health care systems to food safety and security, the extensive challenges require collaboration, coordination and an inter-professional approach to be successful.
While France is geographically about the same size as Texas, France has a population of 66.99 million while Texas has 29 million. Life expectancy is among the highest in Europe, however that is slowing. And while France has a nationally funded health care system which provides good access to high quality health care, there are noticeable differences among those with higher SES and those with lower SES. The other significant disparity is gender, with women living significantly longer than men with a 6 year gender gap.
In a 2000 WHO report, France was recognized as the best health care system in the world in terms of access to and quality of health care delivery. We will discuss these measures and what they really mean.
Receive credit for: AHS 3003
Through this course the student will:
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|May Session 2021||May 14, 2021 – Jun 5, 2021||Mar 1, 2021|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 16 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $4,500–$5,500. You must also budget for the international flight, passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.
The Learning Abroad Center has worked with Village Travel to identify a coordinated flight that program participants will travel on together. You can view the coordinated flight itinerary here. You will be responsible for booking this flight for the program through Village Travel mid-March. The program contact will let you know when to book the flight. The Cost of Participation lists the estimated flight cost in the Estimated Additional Expenses box. Please note that the flight cost is subject to change.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||May Session 2020|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Sustainable Approaches to Health in France|
|Track Name||Sustainable Approaches to Health in France|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.
Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.
Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.
All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toAmy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.