Study Abroad in Comparative Healthcare, Study & Travel Program

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Comparative Healthcare: Academics

Fairfield University

Academic credit for the Comparative Healthcare program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students.

Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview

Attendance at all lectures and site visits is mandatory.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home institution on completion of the program.

Course Description

HLST 335 (3)
Comparative Healthcare

This course will introduce students to the comparative healthcare systems of the U.K., Europe and North America and the relationship that the health care systems have within their respective societies. The course will draw on experiential site visits and emphasize the key components of the evolution of the national health care system in the U.K., (the NHS), its origins and intentions, and its strengths and weaknesses as a single payer universal healthcare system that is free at the point of delivery. Common controversies and contemporary debates such as the sustainability of universal healthcare, funding issues and the role of social care, provision for seniors and mental health wellbeing will also be explored. The course will invite students to gain a comparative perspective on the European healthcare systems in relation to others, including their own in order to gain an understanding of the different models, their value systems and the effectiveness of each.

The course will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, with emphasis on student attendance and participation and students will be required to engage in classroom discussion based on assigned readings and to present in groups on prepared topics. Discussion and debate are viewed as an essential part of the interactive and participatory learning program. Students will participate in assignments and activities that require them to consider and reflect upon how national approaches to healthcare are shaped, as well as using firsthand experience and contact with local experts to take a variety of perspectives on the efficacy of systems. Tours of historical medical sites and visits to hospitals and medical facilities will complement the classroom teaching.


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