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Bioethics: Public Health in the Netherlands: Sex, Drugs, and Public Health (BETH 315B / 415B)
Amsterdam, Netherlands; The Hague, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring Break
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Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2
Courses Offered: Bioethics Program Director/Assistant Director: Michelle L. Champoir-Burke (
Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: Engineering Humanities Credit, Global and Diversity Credit
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: $300
Total Program Cost:
$2,750 Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, breakfasts, Housing, In-country transportation
Not Included in Program Cost: Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Passport Fees, Visa fees
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This one week 3-credit intensive course will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with a day trip to The Hague. Taught by faculty from Case Western Reserve University, University of Cincinnati, and a variety of academic, governmental, and community-based organizations in The Netherlands, this course offers students a cross-cultural perspective on ethical dilemmas raised by the policies and practices of public health in the United States and the Netherlands. Specifically, this course examines policies and practices related to access to health care, health disparities, substance use and misuse, infectious disease prevention, sex work, human trafficking, sex education, and reproductive health and considers how and why they differ given the cultural and political contexts of the U.S. and the Netherlands.

We will examine the moral underpinnings, rationales, and outcomes of Dutch and American policies, and encourage course participants to interrogate their own assumptions on these often divisive issues. Prior to the trip, students will attend two lectures held via teleconference at Case Western Reserve University and University of Cincinnati, which will acquaint them with the theoretical approaches to public health ethics and major issues raised in the practice of public health in the United States. In the Netherlands, students will attend site visits, lectures, and discussion sessions aimed and exploring the ethics of public health policy and practice in the Netherlands, with the option of concentrating their learning experience on matters pertaining to sex or drugs.  Following the intensive course week in country, students will attend one final session at their home universities to debrief on the experience, address questions or concerns, and prepare for the final research paper on a topic in their area of concentration.

This program is currently not accepting applications.