Urban — Global Public Health

Study Abroad Opportunities: Summer 2019

The Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH) is offering two study abroad opportunities for students:

  • An opportunity to learn more about migration and health in Athens and Chios, Greece
  • An opportunity to apply the foundational concepts of public health in a global environment: Dodoma, Tanzania

In each course students will be enrolled alongside students from our global partner institutions in a two-week course that is a hybrid classroom learning and hands-on, field-based educational experiences

Estimated Costs

Course Fee: approximately $2.400 per course and includes:
  • Accommodations
  • Local transportation
  • All cultural and immersion activities


Tuition: $2,529 (NJ Resident)

Flight: $600 - $1,000

Visa fees: $0 US Citizens, varied for other nationals


Tuition: $2,529 (NJ Resident)

Flight: $800 - $1,000

Visa fees: $150 US Citizens, varied for other nationals

Financial Aid opportunities: There will be opportunities for financial assistant sponsored by Rutgers SPH. Students will have the opportunity to apply for these opportunities in spring 2019 and will be selected based on a combination of need and merit. Additional scholarship opportunities, through Rutgers Global, can be found here.

Important Dates

January 25, 2019 Statement of intent to enroll (non-binding)
March, 2019 Rutgers Global Application due
March 15, 2019 Non-refundable deposit due to Rutgers Global ($500)
April, 2019 Pre-departure information sessions
May 20, 2019 Migration in the European Context course begins (Greece)
May 31, 2019 Migration in the European Context course ends (Greece)
July 15, 2019 PH Practice in Global Sessions course begins (Tanzania)
July 26, 2019 PH Practice in Global Sessions course ends (Tanzania)

Course Descriptions

Migration in the European context: Challenges for Public Health
Location: Athens and Chios, Greece


Michael K Gusmano

Associate Professor,

Health Policy

Rutgers School of Public Health


Perry N Halkitis


Dean and Professor,

Urban-Global Public Health,

Rutgers SPH


Elisabeth Ionnidi


Senior Researcher,


National School of Public Health


This course provides a broad spectrum of theoretical knowledge on issues related to migrants’ health and the related policies in a European context – having as a background “scene” the 2015 migration crisis in Greece. In addition, it provides an opportunity for students to be on the field and interact with those who provide health care to newly arrived migrants/refugees in the island of Chios, one of the entry points in Greece. Thus, students can build a comprehensive multi-sectorial approach in issues related to migrant/refugee health.

Public Health and Practices in a Global Setting – The example of Tanzania
Location: Dodoma, Tanzania


Stephan Schwander


Associate Professor,

Urban-Global Public Health,

Rutgers School of Public Health


Bernadette Hohl


Assistant Professor,


Rutgers School of Public Health


Stephen Kibusi


Dean and Professor,

School of Nursing &

Public Health Dodoma University College of Health Sciences


The purpose of this course is to give students an immersive experience in which they can apply the principles and practices of Public Health in a Global setting. Faculty from Rutgers School of Public Health and the University of Dodoma will guide students from both institutions through classroom and field-based activities that will enhance their understanding of critical public health issues in Tanzania/Sub-Saharan Africa and how to identify ways to address them. Students from each institution will work together in topic-matched pairs to learn about these issues both locally and through international comparison. The curriculum focuses on the following health topics: infectious and chronic diseases, maternal/child health, environmental health, interpersonal violence, the relationship between political and cultural processes and health, and factors contributing to disparate health outcomes in population groups.

Additional Study Abroad Opportunity

Global Occupational and Environmental Determinants of Disease: A multidisciplinary approach for prevention*
Location: Brescia, Italy

The overall topic of this course is focused on the global occupational and environmental determinants of disease and a multidisciplinary-multicultural approach for prevention. Various educational aspects of Occupational and Environmental are considered and new advances in communication and training are discussed. New emerging work-related diseases are also explained with a focus on methodological aspects to detect unrecognized health hazards.

A highlight of this course are the worksite visits, including a field trip to the Murano Island, Venice, to see the glass-blowers at work. Hands-on activities, discussions with company managements, workers and safety experts, direct evaluation of personal protective equipment are key components of this training experience.

*This course is not offered by the Rutgers School of Public Health but will be led by one of its faculty, Dr Mitch Rosen. To learn more about the course and register, please visit this website.