London Summer Abroad

Study Global Public Health in London over the Summer
June 28-July 18, 2020

Join us this summer to study global public health in one of the most diverse cities in the world. While living in London’s East End for three weeks, students will be immersed in London’s eclectic mix of cultures, a universal health care system, and a wealth of historical artifacts to analyze the past, present, and future of public health and health care.

Students will trace John Snow’s footsteps in his landmark epidemiological cholera investigation, meet health care and public health professionals, and visit a number of health care and health promotion facilities.

In the past, students visited the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, one of England’s National Health Service (NHS) hospitals, NHS’s world-renowned sexual health clinic, and a non-profit health promotion organization, among many others

  Undergraduates only. Students from all majors/colleges welcome

Application Deadline

Application deadline: March 1, 2020

Informational Sessions

Milam 159

  • November 26, 3-4 p.m.
  • December 5, noon-1 p.m.
  • January 28, 3-4 p.m.

For more info

Read Public health comes to life in London


Ellen Smit, Ph.D., RD

To apply visit

   OSU GO Application

Class Cap

20 students


10 students

Pre-departure meetings


Course Info: 9 credits

  • H320, Introduction to Human Disease (3 credits)
  • H333, Global Public Health (3 credits)
  • H399, Special Topics: London Photo story Project (3 credits)

H320 Intro to Human Disease

This course uses a Public Health lens to study human diseases. Students learn about epidemiology, which is the study of the distribution and causes of disease, and how practitioners use epidemiology and other health promotion strategies to prevent and control disease on a population level. Through London excursions and a project-based learning approach, students will gain concrete experiences through conversations with local professionals, exploration of a landmark case study, and hunting for historical clues related to human disease and the evolution of medicine and the public health system.

H333 Global Public Health

Global Public Health expands the scope of investigating the distribution and causes of disease to include international comparisons and delving into international health and social issues. London’s diversity and collections of international histories offers a unique lens into studying global health. Students will compare the public health issues of developed and developing nations, using historical and modern London, a global city, as a case study to build upon.

H399 London Photostory

To tie these courses together with each other and the students’ excursion experiences, students will capture at least one photo a day, describe the course concept the image represents, and post to Instagram.  Students will practice health promotion by creating a photostory illustrating public health as learned through their London Classroom window.  Students will learn the principles of photostory as an advocacy, health promotion, and research tool for their future use and compose a product they can use for their future internship and job interviews.