How do different countries approach healthcare? Is free healthcare a human right?  What are the current practices and issues affecting the health sector? Welcome to FIE’s two Comparative Public Health concentrations.

Whether you are a major in a health-related area or are just interested in exploring healthcare delivery and comparative systems between the US and the UK or Ireland, we’ve got two distinct options for you. Come to London on our quarter study pathway, or extend to a full semester allowing you the time to add on an internship in a health-related field. If Ireland is more your calling, then study Comparative Public Health with FIE at the popular and prestigious University College Dublin (UCD), where you’ll have an array of courses to choose from in addition to our embedded Irish Life and Cultures course.

FIE is well-equipped to work with faculties and study abroad offices to customize this program (see below) to suit the needs of the institution.

FIE’s models in London and Dublin share a common goal: to provide our students with an experience which firmly grounds the health professionals of the future through a challenging and rewarding experience.


Comparative Public Health in London

“The NHS is the closest thing the English people have to a religion” – a quote which sets the scene for why spending a semester in London focusing on this concentration is an extremely rewarding and fascinating experience. London is not only home to the world’s first National Health Service but is also a test-bed for innovations and discoveries now used on a global scale. The modern hospice movement was founded in London and the DNA double helix was discovered in the UK. 

FIE has public health courses available on both a quarter and semester basis. 

Whether you are studying a quarter or a semester with us in London, each of your courses include exciting co-curricular activities where your learning in the classroom is complemented by trips and visits around the inspiring, historical and innovative city itself. 

Comparative Public Health in London - Fall Semester concentration (includes internship)


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 +  International Intern Course Green Box OR International Service Internship Course Green Box
 HC Policy Green Box   HC Ethics Green Box   HC Genetics Green Box
  Faculty can substitute 1-2 of these with their own courses         



Ireland’s health system sits between the US and UK examples. More ‘socialized’ than the US, more private than the UK – Ireland’s is a truly mixed system.  Your study abroad experience in this exciting, fun and friendly city will be just as mixed: all of your healthcare courses are taught through Dublin’s well-reputed University College Dublin (UCD)’s School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems. FIE’s signature Irish Life and Cultures course brings together the whole study abroad experience. 


How to Apply

Interested students should fill out an FIE application on our MyStudy@FIE online portal as outlined on our Admissions & Application webpage. Within the application, there will be an option to select which program you’d like to apply for: either the Dublin: University College Dublin (UCD) Semetser Program; or London Semester Program: Study, Internship and Service Internship Options. In the Academic Program Options questionnaire once in our application, applicants who are interested in the semester option will be asked if they would like to select the Comparative Public Health @ FIE concentration. 

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