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Health: Science, Society, and Policy


Class at Lake Budi, Chile (Photo courtesy of SIT)

The Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP)
 program encourages HSSP majors and minors to engage in study abroad programs.  Each year, approximately 1/3rd of HSSP students participate in such programs.  While some HSSP students do not take health-related courses abroad, others go abroad to expand their perspectives on health and health care as well as cultural differences in understandings of health, illness, and well-being. Many programs offer a health-related internship and field experience components that engage students in experiential learning and fulfill the HSSP hands-on-experience (HOE) requirement.  In recent years, HSSP students has gone to Brazil, Chile, Denmark, England, Geneva, India, Kenya, South Africa, Spain, and numerous other countries for their life-enriching study abroad experiences.

If you are interested in exploring our Study Abroad options,

  1. review "Get Started",

  2. speak with an Office of Study Abroad staff member, and

  3. once you have decided on which program(s) to apply to, then speak with our HSSP Study Abroad Liaison.

A conversation with the HSSP Study Abroad Liaison helps to ensure that your proposed plan of study will allow you to finish your major/minor requirements on time.  Our Study Abroad Liaison’s role is to:

  • review and, if appropriate, approve the Academic Proposal of Study Form for all HSSP majors and minors,

  • assist majors with their academic choices and help answer any questions about receiving major credit while abroad, and

  • to review and, if appropriate, pre-approve HSSP related-course work, including HOE, for HSSP credit.

For 2015-2016, Prof. Sarah Curi will serve as our Study Abroad Liaison.

| FAQs | Sample of Approved Programs |
Receiving Credit in HSSP | Funding Information|


1. Can I receive HSSP credit for courses taken abroad?

Yes, if you are an HSSP major:  HSSP majors may receive credit for up to two courses, if those courses are closely related to HSSP courses (e.g., biology, global health, public health).  Some students avail themselves of health-related internship and field experience components to fulfill the HSSP hands-on-experience (HOE) requirement.

2. May I take any "core" HSSP courses aborad?

No, students should take all of their HSSP core courses at Brandeis.*  In addition, we encourage students to complete, at minimum, their core “Science”, “Society”, and “Policy” courses before going abroad.  

As a reminder:  HSSP 100b - Introduction to Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Population Health is open to HSSP Juniors and HSSP Seniors only in both the fall and spring semesters and the “capstone” HSSP 110a - Integrative Seminar on Health is open only to HSSP Seniors in their final Spring semester.  

*The only exception is that the Brandeis/Denmark Institute for Study-abroad (DIS) course - Epidemiology:  Danish Case Studies can substitute for HSSP 100b.  You must still the Substitution Request for HSSP Hands-On-Experience prior to leaving for your study abroad program.

3. Is it possible to fulfill the Hands-On Experience (HOE) Requirement on an approved study abroad program?

Majors have many study abroad options for fulfilling the HOE requirement.  Students interested in this option must speak with the HSSP Study Abroad Liaison in the semester prior to the study abroad program.  The HSSP Study Abroad Liaison will assess whether the proposed internship or field experience meets criteria for a health-related HOE.  Upon completion of the study abroad experience, students must submit a 20-25 page paper as well as an abstract of that paper (in English) to the Study Abroad Liaison.  The Study Abroad Liaison will then review these materials to ensure programmatic requirements are met.  If met, the HOE requirement will be fulfilled.

4. When should I meet with the HSSP Study Abroad Advisor?

Your should first speak with the Office of Study Abroad and look for study abroad events.  Once you have decided on which program(s) to apply to, then you arrange to speak with the HSSP Study Abroad Liaison.  A conversation with the HSSP Study Abroad Liaison helps to ensure that your proposed plan of study will allow you to finish your major/minor requirements on time.

Plan ahead:  January and February is a very busy time:  

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016 is the application deadline for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 programs, and

  • Thursday, March 10, 2016 is the application deadline for Summer 2017 programs.  

Note:  Prof. Curi is generally only on campus 2 days per week. 

Sample of Approved Programs with HSSP Coursework

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs that offer HSSP coursework. Click on "Advanced Search" to find programs with HOE options.

Receiving Credit in HSSP

Before going abroad:  If you are a HSSP major who wants to receive HSSP credit for your study abroad work, then you must seek written pre-approval from the Study Abroad Liaison.  

After returning from abroad:  Complete the online Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form, or if petitioning for HOE credit, the Substitution Request for HSSP Hands-On-Experience to request final approval.

Funding Information

The Alberta Gotthardt and Henry Strage International Scholarship supports students wishing to study abroad in a developing country outside of the U.S., Canada or western Europe.  

Visit the Study Abroad Financial Information page to read more about funding your study abroad experience. 

We welcome your feedback. If you have concerns or are looking for more information on a topic, please let us know!