Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP)

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The Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) program encourages HSSP majors and minors to engage in study abroad programs. Each year, approximately one third 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 have 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 advisor, and

  3. Once you have decided on which program(s) to apply to, then decide whether or not you plan to seek HSSP credit for any health-related courses that you take while abroad.  See this Sample of Approved Programs and for a sample of the type of courses that have been approved, see this List of Study Abroad Courses that HSSP has approved in the past.  Note this list is a guide, not a rule.  New courses will be added from time to time.

  4. Carefully review the following FAQS about Meeting with the HSSP Study Abroad Liaison (SAL) and receiving HSSP credit for any courses or HOE taken during a Study Abroad then arrange speak with our HSSP Study Abroad Liaison.

Note:  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: provide “written pre-approval” of  health-HSSP related -course work, including HOE, for HSSP credit.

Plan ahead the Office of Study Abroad and HSSP’s Study Abroad Liaison can be very busy in January and February.

FAQs

Before contacting the HSSP SAL with questions, please review the following FAQS about Meeting with the HSSP Study Abroad Liaison (SAL) and receiving HSSP credit for any courses or HOE taken during a Study Abroad.

Sample of Approved Programs with Health-Related Coursework

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs that offer health-relatedHSSP coursework. Click on "Advanced Search" to find programs with HOE options.  See also List of Study Abroad Courses that HSSP has approved in the past.  Note this List is a guide, not a rule.  New courses will be added from time to time.

Study Abroad Liaison

To assist students with their academic choices abroad, and to help answer any questions about receiving major/ minor credit while abroad, each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the study abroad liaison.

The liaison for HSSP is Prof. Sarah Curi.

Receiving Credit in HSSP

Before going abroad:  review the following FAQS about Meeting with the HSSP Study Abroad Liaison (SAL) and receiving HSSP credit for any courses or HOE taken during a Study Abroad.

After returning from abroad,  follow the the Office of Study Abroad's Returning to Brandeis checklist, including attending their Re-Entry Workshop.   For HSSP credit,  to obtain credit of any course for which you received “written pre-approval”:  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.