Paris: Global Health

Students were briefed on the major goals and challenges of the field of global public health when they visited the WHO in Geneva.
Language Requirement: 
None
Coordinator: 
Dana Currier
Quarter(s): 
Winter

Please note: Offered in even-numbered years; next program will be Winter 2018.

The Global Health in Paris program will feature a sequence of three courses focused on epidemiology, microbiology, and the broader social, political, and economic forces that shape global health issues.

For all courses, classroom work will be complemented by laboratory exercises and field trips to Parisian locales that will enhance students’ understanding of the course topics. All participants will take a “practical” French language course (beginning, intermediate or advanced) running at a normal pace through the ten weeks.

WINTER 2018 COURSES

BIOS 27810. Epidemiology & Population Health: Global Health Sciences I
Instructor: Diane Lauderdale, PhD (Department of Public Health Sciences)
Epidemiology is the basic science of public health. It is the study of how diseases are distributed across populations and how one designs population-based studies to learn about disease causes, with the object of identifying preventive strategies. Epidemiology is a quantitative field and draws on biostatistical methods. Historically, epidemiology’s roots were in the investigation of infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics. Since the mid-twentieth century, the scope of epidemiologic investigations has expanded to a fuller range of non-infectious diseases and health problems. This course will introduce classic studies, study designs, and analytic methods, and will include articles that approach epidemiology from the global context.

BIOS 27811. Microbiology: Global Health Sciences II
Instructors: Dominique Missiakas, PhD, and Olaf Schneewind, MD, PhD (Department of Microbiology)
This course will examine infectious diseases with global health impact, analyzing their historic and projected impact, their biological foundations, treatment, and preventative control. Course topics include gastrointestinal infections (e.g., cholera, bacillary dysentery, typhoid fever, rotavirus infections), sexually transmitted diseases (HIV), infections transmitted via aerosol droplets (tuberculosis, meningitis), and vector borne diseases (e.g., malaria, typhus, dengue fever, plague). Special emphasis will be placed on emerging infectious diseases (Ebola, Lassa, Rift Valley fever) and either completed or ongoing studies for infectious disease elimination (smallpox, polio, diphtheria, river blindness). The course encompasses lectures, student presentations, and the preparation of a capstone essay.

BIOS 29812. Topics in Global Health: Global Health Sciences III
Instructors: Christopher Olusola Olopade, MD, MPH, and Olufunmilayo Olopade MD, FACP (Department of Medicine)
This course will review the major factors that influence the health of individuals and communities worldwide and seek to gain a better understanding of the complexities of global health. Students will study both broad and disease-specific global health challenges (e.g., cancer, diabetes, and cardiopulmonary disease) and strategies for responding to them; key institutions and stakeholders; environmental impacts on health; ethical considerations in research and interventions; maternal and child health; health and human rights; and international legal frameworks within global health diplomacy. The course encompasses lectures, student presentations, and the preparation of a proposal addressing a significant global health problem with major impact.

Center in Paris

Headquarters for the College’s study abroad programs in Paris is the University of Chicago Center in Paris, the University’s research and teaching arm in Europe. Situated in the thirteenth arrondissement, the Center in Paris is part of an ambitious intellectual project along the river Seine, including the Bibliothèque Nationale and a new home for Université Denis Diderot (University of Paris VII). The Center in Paris features classrooms, offices for faculty and graduate students, computer facilities, a small library and an apartment for the faculty director. For participants in Chicago’s programs, the Center in Paris provides a focus for academic activities, a central meeting place and a continuing Chicago “presence” within one of the major capitals of Europe.

Housing

Students in the Global Health program are housed in a residence hall within the Cité Internationale Universitaire (Cité). The Cité, a park-like residential complex in the fourteenth arrondissement, is the international student campus in Paris, though French students also live there. Students reside in single rooms with a private bath and have access to Cité facilities, including a library, theater, laundry and athletic facilities. Students will have access to common kitchens in the residence halls and can purchase inexpensive meals at the Cité’s restaurant universitaire.

Credits and Registration

Participants in the Global Health program remain registered as full-time students in the College. They take and receive credit for four courses. The Epidemiology and Microbiology courses can be used to satisfy upper-level elective requirements within the Biological Sciences major, while the Topics in Global Health course will count as a general elective in the College. These courses may also be appealing to students majoring in other disciplines, such as Public Policy Studies or History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine, and to students who are preparing for health professions, although a strong background in biology is required. The language course will count as an elective. Course titles, units of credit, and grades are placed on the College transcript.

Finances

Study abroad students pay regular College tuition, a program fee and a non-refundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition and program fee are paid in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the non-refundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in a program. Precise figures for the 2017-18 year are listed below:

Winter tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office

Study abroad administrative fee: $650

Paris program fee: $4,700

 

Program fee includes: Out-of-pocket expenses include:
accommodation round-trip airfare to and from the program site
instruction transportation on site
student support meals
program excursions course materials
cell phone (device only) personal entertainment and travel
  communications (including cell phone usage)
emergency travel insurance (ISOS) health insurance and upfront payments for care
  other miscellaneous expenses

Previous program participants report spending in the range of $200 to $250 per week on meals and incidentals while on the program, though frugal students may spend less, and others could spend much more. Bear in mind that the cost of living in Paris is relatively high and that, while it is possible to live frugally, it is also possible to run short of money if you are unwary. It is therefore essential that you budget your funds prudently, apportioning your resources so that they last for the duration of the program. If you are planning to travel before or after the program or on weekends, you should budget accordingly.

Study abroad students retain their financial aid eligibility. For more information about financial aid resources, please see our Tuition, Fees, and Funding section.

Eligibility and Application

To be eligible for the Global Health in Paris program, students should have completed the first three quarters of a Biological Sciences Fundamentals Sequence or obtain consent from the Master of BSCD. Students who have taken BIOS 20170, 20171 and 20172 and earned an average grade of B- or better in these three courses are also considered eligible for the program.

The Global Health program is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students only. Applications from outside the University are not accepted.

The program is designed for undergraduates in good standing in the College. While the program stipulates no minimum grade-point average, an applicant’s transcript should demonstrate that they are a serious student who will make the most of this opportunity. Because the sequence is taught in English, there is no language prerequisite, although students are encouraged to take French on campus before the program begins.

Each application is examined on the basis of the student’s scholastic record, personal statement and academic recommendation. If you are interested in applying for this program please fill out the online application.

Further Information

To discuss the Paris: Global Health program and the possibility of participating in it, please contact Dana Currier.

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Center in Paris.

What you’ll see: 

Intro to Global Health students met health professionals and learned about large-scale global health initiatives at the Global Fund in Geneva, Switzerland.Students at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.Students were briefed on the major goals and challenges of the field of global public health when they visited the WHO in Geneva.Students learned about practical implementations for global health policy at the WHO's JW Lee Centre for Strategic Health Operations.