London Summer Abroad

Live, Learn, Work and Play:
The Social Determinants of Health in London

Join us in London for two weeks this summer to learn about the social determinants of health in one of the world’s most diverse and exciting cities.

July 2-16, 2023

Application deadline: 03/01/23

London as your laboratory

Retrace John Snow’s footsteps to the Broad Street pump, learn how “The Great Stink” led to the creation of a citywide sewage system, and explore the many other historical and current forces that influence modern London’s social, economic and built environments.

These environments will serve as your laboratory to understand how education, health care, neighborhood, infrastructure, and social, community, and economic resources are generated, distributed, and sustained and how they shape health.

Examples of activities:

  • Visit one of NHS’s renowned clinics, the Royal College of Physicians, museums and historical sites and nonprofit organizations.
  • Tour the city’s transportation and sanitation infrastructure and its food and built environments.
  • Meet public health and community professionals.
  • Participate in brief service-learning projects and activities with community organizations that aim to improve the social determinants of health.


  Undergraduates only. Students from all majors/colleges welcome

Application Deadline

Application deadline: March 1, 2023

Informational Sessions

Both in Waldo 400 or via Zoom.

Tue. Jan. 24, 6-7 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 6, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

For more info

Read Public health comes to life in London


Stephanie Grutzmacher, Ph.D.


Ashley Vaughn, MPH

To apply visit

   OSU GO Application

Class cap

20 students


10 students

Pre-departure meetings


Course info

  • H399: Health (In)Equity in London (3 credits)
  • H409: Practicum (1 credit)


Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, learn, work, play, pray and age that strongly influence our health.

When these conditions result in the inequitable distribution of resources, they create health disparities, which are unjust and avoidable differences in health, quality of life and lifespan.

Learning objective 1

Evaluate the contexts that contribute to health disparities

Evaluate how particular social, economic and environmental policies, systems and contexts support or undermine health and contribute to health disparities.

Learning objective 2

Understand how social resources are distributed

Understand the role of historical, cultural, political, community, economic, environmental, technological and social factors that shape the distribution of social resources and disparate health outcomes.

Learning objective 3

Learn how to improve social determinants of health

Evaluate opportunities in food, housing, education, employment and other areas of social policy and practice for their potential to improve social determinants of health, equitably distribute social resources and reduce health disparities.