Biomedical Sciences and Public Health in Italy
- Earn 2 biology credits towards your degree.
- Explore differences between the Italian and U.S. public health systems.
- Visit hospitals, clinics, medical centers, and labs to gain an understanding of health and disease in Italy.
- Visit the Coliseum, view world-famous Renaissance art, and explore two of Italy’s most enchanting cities: Florence and Rome.
This program offers a first-hand look at practical applications of biomedical sciences in Italy. Through visits to public and private healthcare facilities, research centers, a molecular laboratory, and a pharmaceutical company, students will gain an understanding of how biomedical researchers, biologists, and medical professionals tackle issues of health and disease in Italy. The visits will expose students to the Italian approach to public health to compare and contrast public health and healthcare facilities in the United States. The program also includes city tours of Rome and Florence and several cultural activities.
This program takes place in two of Italy’s most iconic cities: Rome and Florence. Rome is the capital city of Italy and one of Europe’s most ancient urban centers dating back more than 3,000 years. Florence is the capital of Italy's Tuscany region and is known as the cradle of the Renaissance with an abundance of masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture.
Two hours of upper level undergraduate credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program.
Credit: BIOL 490 – Internship and Practical Applications (2 credit hours)
This course will consist of lectures, discussion, site visits, and excursions to explore in-depth Italy’s healthcare system.
Participants will stay in conveniently located hotels in Rome and Florence. Rooms are double or triple occupancy with a private bathroom and continental breakfast is included daily. Two group dinners are also included in the cost of the program.
Friday, March 6: Depart for Rome, Italy
Saturday, March 7: Arrive in Rome; orientation and welcome dinner.
Sunday, March 8: Guided walking tour of Rome, tour of Coliseum, visit to Roman Forum and Palatine
Monday, March 9: Visits to International Medical Center, private clinic, and a public hospital
Tuesday, March 10: Visit to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Monterotondo and the Medical Center of Caritas Rome
Wednesday, March 11: Travel from Rome to Florence; orientation and awlking tour of Florence
Thursday, March 12: Visit to GlaxoSmithKline in Siena, guest lecture on infectious disease at the University of Siena
Friday, March 13: Visit to University Hospital Meyer Children Hospital, an official member of the European Network of Health Promoting Hospitals of the WHO, farewell dinner, return to Rome
Saturday, March 14: Program ends
Open to undergraduate and graduate students, sophomore level and above, from any accredited US college or university who have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
No prior biology experience or knowledge is required, but priority will be given to students pursuing one of the Molecular Biosciences majors. Priority will be given to current KU students, but students from other colleges and universities will be accepted if space is available.
Dr. Scott Hefty, Professor and Undergraduate Studies Director for the Department of Molecular Biosciences will lead the program.