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International Bioethics Policy and Practice: Public Health in the Netherlands (BETH 315B / 415B)
Amsterdam, Netherlands; The Hague, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
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Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2016 12/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 03/07/2016 03/11/2016
NOTE: All applications submitted after December 1 will be assessed a $100 processing fee.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CWRU Short-Term Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate
Number of Credits: 3 Program Advisor: Office of Education Abroad (Email
Courses Offered: Bioethics Case Credit Type: Engineering Humanities Credit, Global and Diversity Credit
Deposit: $200
Total Program Cost:
Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, breakfasts, Housing Not Included in Program Costs: Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Passport Fees, Visa fees
Program Purpose: Study
Program Description:

Course Dates : March 7-11, 2016; Lodging Booked: March 5-13, 2015

This 3-credit intensive course will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands over spring break and will be taught by faculty from Case, the University of Utrecht, and the University of Amsterdam. This interdisciplinary course offers students a cross-cultural opportunity to engage ethical dilemmas raised by public health issues in the United States and Northern Europe. In particular, this course examines the health policies and legislation that govern prostitution, drug use, sex education, infectious disease prevention, and access to health care.  

Through a comparative lens, students will learn to apply the principles of Bioethics to view how and why the socioeconomic and political settings of the U.S. and the Netherlands contribute to –or impede—the success of public health.  This course is designed to encourage course participants to consider their own views as well as the views of others on these often-controversial issues.

Prior to the trip, students will attend two seminars at Case, which will acquaint them with the theoretical approaches to public health ethics and major issues raised in the practice of public health. In Amsterdam, students will attend lectures supplemented by hands on fieldwork and discussion sessions aimed at exploring the ethics of public health policy and practice in the Netherlands. Following the intensive course week in Amsterdam, students will meet with instructors at Case for two hours to discuss their experiences and compare policies and practices in the U.S. and The Netherlands.