Learning Abroad in Health Services Management

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 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

Learning Abroad Process

This is the basic Learning Abroad Process you'll complete. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

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 health care industry focus of this major.

Fulfill Requirements

HSM Major Requirements

Liberal Education Requirements

Academic Planning by Year

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior and Senior Years

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:

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

MSID—International Development in Kenya

  • Program term: academic year, 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, or academic year
  • 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 Abroad 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 service-learning (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

Chile

Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment (available through SIT Chile)

  • Program term: fall or spring semester
  • The program is based in Arica located on Chile's northern coast
  • Consider different conceptions of wellness and healing, including beliefs and health practices of the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous groups. The program gives students the opportunity to experience Chile's health system firsthand with guided, insightful visits to public and private health centers
  • Prerequisites: 4 semesters college-level Spanish

Ecuador

MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • Program term: academic year, 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 include: 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 health care
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

University Study in New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • 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: academic year, 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

Switzerland

SIT Switzerland—Global Health and Development Policy

  • Program term: fall or spring semester
  • An interdisciplinary course conducted in English, with required readings, examining models of health systems, diseases, and development policy
  • Additional focus is on pharmaceutical enterprises, international trade, intellectual property rights, access to medicines, and vulnerable groups such as migrants
  • Resources utilized in the delivery of course content include the University Hospital of Geneva, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the World Health Organization

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 health care 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.