||Course is open to Graduate Students in Nursing and Physical Therapy.
PT 599 Analysis of Comparative Health Care Systems; an International Perspective (3 credits)
This inter-professional course will compare characteristics of health care delivery, the demands/needs of the population and how societies respond differently to these demands/needs in the US and selected European countries. The perspectives of patients/consumers, health care providers and policy-makers will be considered. Additionally the course will explore ways in which societal expectations, health care financing, and national priorities influence the delivery system. The course will be taught in a two-week, intensive format in Luxembourg with morning classes and afternoon professional and cultural field visits to selected health care groups and organizations in Luxembourg, France and Germany. Preparatory reading will be required prior to the two week course, and synopsis paper will be due 2 weeks following the course.
This course will count towards your general graduation total. This course will also factor into your cumulative Grade Point Average (course is not available for Pass/Fail).
||Dr. Donna Bowers joined SHU in 1997 after 13 years as a pediatric clinician. She previously served on the Pediatric Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and has served as a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts in the area of pediatrics. While Chair of the APTA Section on Pediatrics Public Relations Committee, she spearheaded national health promotion campaigns for children. Her clinical practice is in outpatient pediatrics and school-based therapy. She provides developmental screening and consultation to Mercy Learning Center’s daycare through the SHU’s College of Health Profession Center for Wellness. Web linked consultant to The Rett Syndrome Research Trust launched in October 2011; available for clinical PT consultation to therapists working with girls who have Rett Syndrome.
Dr. Michael Emery is professor emeritus at SHU. He was the Clinical Director of the Sacred Heart University Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center for a numver of years. He became the chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science in 1999, and also was the director of practice and clinical research for the College of Health Professions. In addition to his administrative duties at the University, he taught pathophysiology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and professional issues, and administration and management in the physical therapy curriculum.
||Housing is included as part of your study abroad program fees
Take a break at the Novotel Suites Luxembourg hotel. This 4-star hotel, situated on the Kirchberg plateau, close to the city center, is perfect for your business trips and weekend getaways. The Novotel Suites Luxembourg hotel boasts spacious yet inviting modular Suites measuring 323 sq. ft. (30 m²). The Suites combine stylish decor and maximum comfort. The hotel also has a bar and a Boutique Gourmande for food lovers. Unwind in the fitness room or explore the attractions of the capital of the grand duchy.
Some meals are included as part of your study abroad program fees
On most days, one group meal will be included in your program fees. This meal is usually lunch. Exceptions include when on day-long or overnight excursions, or free days. When meals are not included you will have the opportunity to explore local restaurants in the city or ajacent to your accomodations. Upon arrival, a schedule of included meals will be provided.
||Confirmation fee: You will be asked to submit a non-refundable $250 confirmation fee payable to “Sacred Heart University” two weeks after your acceptance.
Billable program costs: The Sacred Heart University Student Accounts office will bill you for the following amounts:
The total billable program cost due to Sacred Heart University is $4815
*Fees include: Program orientation, local program transportation, housing in shared accommodations, some meals, program excursions, and mandatory basic international health insurance
Fees NOT include: Travel to/from host country, some meals, major medical insurance, visa/resident permit fees, and all personal expenses
Please speak with Financial Assistance to determine how your aid package will apply towards studying abroad.
||In addition to taking classes, local field trips and community-based projects will give you the opportunity learn firsthand the lessons and theories of the classroom.. Past excursions have included:
Visits to local hospitals and professional associations
- Day trip to Esch, Germany
- Overnight to Heidelburg, Germany
- Cathedrals, monuments and other various cultural and historical sites
||Luxembourg City is the cultural, political, and social heart of the country. Not only is it the country's capital, it is also one of the three capitals of the European Community (the other two being Strasbourg and Brussels). Luxembourg City is cosmopolitan city and at the center of a thriving banking and corporate community. Not only that, the city is surrounded by magnificent historical fortifications classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The City of Luxembourg is served by an efficient network of buses and the main center of the city is very compact and eminently walkable. It is also a perfect location for day trips to France and Germany via train.
||Located at the crossroads of Germanic and Latin cultures, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a landlocked country bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany. It is the only Grand Duchy in the world and is the second smallest of the European Union member states. Though too small for its full name to fit on most European maps, pint-sized Luxembourg — only 2586 sq. km — is wonderfully diverse, filled with lush highlands and valleys in the north and ancient forested landscape to the east. With a strategic location at the heart of Western Europe, more natural beauty than you might expect in given its size, and as one of the top three richest countries in the world, Luxembourgers enjoy a very high standard of living. Luxembourg has a lot of charm and its people are justifiably proud of their country. The nation's motto, “Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sinn” (We want to remain what we are), underlines the uniqueness of Luxembourg.