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  • Locations: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Dates: May 22 - June 2, 2018

Blue LagoonDescription:

This study abroad program offers learners unique insight and exposure to public health strategies and systems in Iceland. The course is designed to highlight key differences between methods of addressing health disparities, such as policy, between the Iceland and the United States. Key areas which will be identified and contrasted with respect to health disparity intervention strategies are LGBT health, social policy, quality of care, organization, migration health issues, healthcare systems, and health disparity theory. We will have a special focus on disparities and social policy related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health. Site visits will include governmental agencies, non-profit health organizations, professional organizations, and research groups. Students will process their experiences with daily blogs (or a memo for graduate students) and reflective discussions of required readings. In the pre-departure online course and assignment portfolio, students will develop a greater understanding of the differences between the U.S. and Icelandic policy environment. Students will also learn and gain an understanding about the Icelandic people and culture through the 12-day trip while visiting historic and cultural sites in Reykjavik. The contrast between US and Nordic approaches to health disparities provide valuable perspectives to students attending East Carolina University.


May 22, 2018 Arrival in Reykjavik
June 2, 2018 Depart for U.S.

Cost: $3,100

  • tuition for 6 c.h.
  • international health insurance
  • in-program transfer transportation
  • lodging
  • most meals
  • excursions
  • in-country support
Does not include:
  • airfare
  • passport fees
  • visa fees (if applicable)
  • some meals
  • spending money

Undergraduate Courses:

HLTH 4800: Field Study in International Health (6 c.h.)

Graduate Courses:

HLTH 6503: Independent Study (3 c.h.)

Accommodations & Meals:

Students will be housed in hostels, in double- or quadruple-occupancy rooms with private bathrooms.  Wireless internet, common rooms, and a kitchen are available.  Most meals are included.


  • Visit to Icelandic Department of Public Health (tentative)
  • Visit to Iceland Cancer Society (tentative)
  • Tour of South Shore of Iceland
  • Whale watching tour
  • Meetings with LGBT advocacy groups (tentative)
Safe Zone Certified Instructor

Accessibility: ability to walk up to five miles per day


Minimum 2.5 GPA requirement
Interest in public health, international health, and social policy.
Demonstration of professional behavior, good representative of University.
Willingness to abide by program rules.

Dr. LeeFaculty Leader

  • Dr. Joseph Lee
    • "I am from rural North Carolina.  I was born in a trailer in a cow pasture in rural Buncombe County and grew up in rural Madison County. I went to Duke University (majoring in Spanish & Latin American Studies and studying abroad in La Paz, Bolivia).  Then I was an intern in migrant health outreach in four NC counties with Student Action with Farmworkers.  I taught English in the suburbs of Tokyo for a year, and I was a fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center.  I then went to UNC-Chapel Hill for a master's in public health (MPH) in Maternal & Child Health and worked for three years on the evaluation of NC's comprehensive tobacco prevention efforts.  Because I wanted more skills in research, I decided to get a PhD in health behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill.  My research seeks to document health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, understand their origins, and develop interventions.  I specialize in tobacco control.  I have two cats, and I am trying to perfect Kentucky-style lamb BBQ."

This program is currently not accepting applications.