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Learning Abroad in Health Services Management

    "Health Services Management students are learning about the "global nature" and impact of health care services and systems across the US and the world. We have things to share with other countries and they have ideas and ways for us to learn from their health systems. It is encouraging to have students consider learning abroad opportunities. I believe it will provide students with more understanding and perspective on our US Health Care System and health. Studying abroad is a life-changing experience."

    —Dr. Susan McCleron, Health Services Management Faculty Director

     

     

    Academic Planning

    Review the following suggestions from Health Services Management Major before beginning your study abroad research. Learning abroad can provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and an understanding of health issues in the broader global community. A variety of learning abroad options are available to further support the analytical and problem-solving skills relevant to the business and the healthcare industry focus of this major.

    Fulfill Requirements

    HSM Major Requirements

    • HSM students can often find learning abroad programs and courses that are healthcare or business related that can fit into your major electives. Students in HSM get to take 22 credits of major supporting electives. Historically these have been business, public health or healthcare-focused and at a 3xxx or higher. You will need to work with your HSM adviser to discuss courses options and get them pre-approved before you commit to your study abroad program and courses. Occasionally an internship abroad could count towards your HSM internship requirement. More typically it can count towards your HSM electives. You will need to consult with your HSM adviser for more information on either of these options.

    Liberal Education Requirements

    • You can fulfill liberal education requirements while abroad. Consult the U Credit Abroad Search for more information.

    Academic Planning by Year

    • Timing your study abroad opportunity so it works for your schedule and your major can be a challenge. Students and their advisers must carefully evaluate and plan course sequencing into any study abroad experience. 
    • It is best to begin with the end in mind. Identify when you are planning on doing your required HSM internship and discuss with your adviser how the search will affect your timing. It may seem convenient to go abroad before your internship, but keep in mind you will need to prepare your materials and interview before your internship. 

    Freshman Year

    • Start thinking about incorporating a study abroad experience into your academic program.  

    Sophomore Year

    • Meet with your HSM academic adviser to determine appropriate course equivalencies for Liberal Education requirements and major elective options. 

    Junior and Senior Years

    • During these years, students are most likely focusing on taking courses that apply to the major.
    • Instructor-led, short-term winter break, May or summer sessions or complete semesters are options.
    • Meet with the HSM academic adviser to determine the appropriateness of courses.

    CCAPS Short-Term Program

    Formerly known as the Construction and Facility Management Pura Vida tour since 2013, the program incorporated Integrated Behavioral Health students in 2017 and 2018, Health Services Management students in 2018, and now is a college-wide program of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, integrating the varied disciplines into a unique cultural immersion.

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    Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS)

    If you plan to participate in a program where you may have interaction with patients, please complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) online module. This interactive online workshop developed by the Pre-Health Student Resource Center will help you:

    • prepare for your experience abroad
    • use your experience abroad to make a positive impact on your health program application
    • consider the legal and ethical boundaries that should guide your activities while abroad
    • understand your own limitations as an unlicensed student

     

    Programs

    Africa and the Middle East

    Kenya

    MSID—International Development in Kenya

    • Program term: fall or spring semester
    • Academic program built around grassroots development internships or research projects. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion
    • Past MSID public health and entrepreneurship and alternative economies internship foci include: public health/nutrition, maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness, micro-finance and micro-lending
    • Interns observe daily activities, assist with the activities of the organization, and engage in discussions involving health care or economics in developing countries
    • Instruction is in English; no prior Swahili is required

    Senegal

    MSID—International Development in Senegal

    • Program term: fall or spring semester
    • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion.
    • Past MSID health internship foci include: public health/nutrition, women’s maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness
    • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
    • Instruction is in French

    South Africa

    University Study in South Africa: University of Cape Town

    • Program term: academic year, calendar year, fall or spring semester
    • This program is a university study program, which allows you to directly enroll in a foreign university and take classes with host country students. Instruction is in English by African faculty
    • Business courses available
    • No language prerequisite

    Americas

    Argentina

    Study & Intern in Buenos Aires

    • Program term: fall semester, spring semester, winter break, summer session, academic year
    • Study in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of the Americas”
    • Latin American Economy and the Global Economy are offered in English
    • Fulfill your on-site community engagement (fall and spring only) through nongovernmental organizations and other community service organizations devoted to helping children and adults who do not have access to basic rights such as education, health, or a home.
    • No language prerequisite

    Ecuador

    MSID—International Development in Ecuador

    • Program term: fall or spring semester
    • Academic program built around grassroots development internships or research projects. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion
    • Past MSID public health and entrepreneurship and alternative economies internship foci have included: public health/nutrition, disease mapping, maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness, micro-finance and micro-lending
    • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
    • Prerequisite: 4 semesters college-level Spanish

    Asia and Oceania

    Australia

    Study & Intern in Sydney

    • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer
    • Summer internship program available
    • Past health-related internship opportunities include work in public health and medical research projects

    University Study in Australia: James Cook University

    • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
    • Courses feature fieldwork and internships
    • There may be prerequisites for specific courses
    • Business courses available

    University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

    • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
    • Fieldwork and lab research are available
    • There may be prerequisites for specific courses
    • Business and public health courses available

    New Zealand

    University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

    • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
    • Courses available in business and healthcare
    • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

    University Study in New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

    • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
    • A wide variety of subject choices available
    • Health-related course titles include: The Biology of Disease, Physiology, and Pharmacology, Abnormal Psychology and Popular Psychology
    • There may be prerequisites for specific courses
    • Business courses available

    Thailand

    MSID—International Development in Thailand

    • Program term: fall or spring semester
    • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion
    • Past MSID health internship foci include: health promotion and prevention programs and HIV/AIDS awareness projects with youth
    • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
    • No language prerequisite

    Europe

    Denmark

    Study Abroad in Denmark 

    • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer 3-, 6-, or 10-week
    • Semester Programs include Medical Practice & Policy (classes taught at hospitals by physicians), and Public Health (focus on comparative policy models).  All students go on course-integrated, faculty-led study tours across Europe
    • Summer courses may include Health Delivery and Prioritization, Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach, Public Health in the Arctic, and Sports Medicine: Performance and Fatigue
    • No language prerequisite—all courses taught in English by Danish faculty

    Ireland

    University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

    • Program term: fall semester, spring semester, summer session, academic year
    • Developing Self as a Healthcare Practitioner course interweaves a spiritual dimension to healthcare, exploring the psychosocial, cultural and spiritual elements in transforming personal and professional practice
    • Designed for students from all healthcare fields
    • Offered by the University of Limerick's renowned Department of Nursing and Midwifery
    • Includes classroom dialogues, visits to clinical sites, and excursions exploring cultural heritage
    • Business courses available

    Spain

    Study & Intern in Toledo

    • Program term: academic year, fall semester, spring semester, May session and summer session
    • This program is offered in collaboration with the prestigious José Ortega-Marañón Foundation and the University of Minnesota
    • Health-related internships are available
    • Business course available
    • Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish

    Study & Intern in Madrid

    • Program term: fall semester, spring semester, summer session
    • This program is geared toward students who would like to improve their beginning or intermediate Spanish language skills and take English-taught courses.
    • Areas of study include business, finance, marketing, communication and media, religion, and more. English-speaking internships are also available.
    • Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college-level Spanish

    United Kingdom

    Study & Intern in London

    • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer session
    • Semester and summer internships available
    • Internship placements may be possible within the healthcare industry
    • Past internship experiences include clinic, hospital and research settings

    University Study in the UK: Queen Mary University, University of London

    • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
    • The only option in London with a campus environment, Queen Mary offers students the opportunity to live and study with British students
    • Business courses available

    University Study in the UK: Northumbria University

    • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
    • Health-related courses include: Assessing Health and Well-Being, Contemporary Issues in Health, Introduction to Health and Social Care Studies
    • Courses available in a wide range of science and liberal arts areas
    • There may be prerequisites for specific courses
    • Business courses available

    University Study in the UK: Glasgow University

    • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer, academic year
    • There may be prerequisites for specific courses
    • Business courses available

    Additional Options to Consider

    Intensive Language Programs

    • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor
    • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester-long program

    Global Seminars

    • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over winter break or May session.
    • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
    • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!

    Non-Credit Opportunities

    • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.