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Health Care and Social Policies in Sweden

Health Care and Social Policies in Sweden
This program is not running in 2019, but is scheduled to run during summer 2020.
Stockholm, Sweden
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Academic Disciplines: 
Health Policy & Management
Community Health
Graduate Courses
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Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Open to non-KU Students
Faculty Led
  • Learn about health care policy in Sweden, home to one of the best health care systems in the world
  • Lectures by Swedish health care professionals
  • Visit health care facilities in Sweden, including a maternity unit, a nursing home, and a psychiatric hospital
Program Summary: 

Sweden’s system of comprehensive and publicly-funded health care and social services, available to all residents, ranks among the most successful in the world. Sweden leads the world in major health outcomes, such as infant mortality and adult life expectancy, far outranking the United States. At the same time, Sweden spends approximately half of what we in the United States spend on health care. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to learn how the Swedish welfare state is organized and to see first-hand how it works on all levels and in various locations around the Stockholm-Uppsala area. Students will learn about Swedish history and culture, and will be challenged to re-examine many commonly held assumptions about both Scandinavia and the United States.

A professor will guide and accompany the group,  provide background lectures, lead discussions, and answer questions throughout the course.

Academic Information: 

The course will be directed by Ellen Averett, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management.

Students receive credit for one of the following:

HPM 680 or 880 Health Care and Social Policies in Sweden (3 credit hours).

This three-credit course is offered through the KUMC Department of Health Policy and Management. Undergraduates will be enrolled in HPM 680; graduate students will be enrolled in HPM 880.

IDSP 800 Special Programs (2 credit hours).

This two-credit course is offered for medical students in the KU School of Medicine.

There will be assigned readings for undergraduates, graduates and medical students before departure and a required paper upon return.


Students will stay in double rooms in a small, comfortable hotel in one of the nicer parts of central Stockholm. Breakfast is included each morning.

Life Abroad: 

The program will include the following activities:

  • Visits and lectures by Swedish officials and professionals at sites such as: the national health and social welfare planning boards, acute care hospital, geriatric hospital, nursing home, primary care clinic, hospital maternity unit, child day care center, adult assisted-living facility, psychiatric hospital, neighborhood social services office, immigrant assistance program, and national social insurance office.
  • Lectures and discussions with Swedish officials, physicians, nurses, midwives, social workers, psychologists, physical therapists, government planners, childcare workers and politicians.
  • Presentation on Swedish history and the rise of the Swedish welfare state.
  • Participation in Swedish cultural events.
  • A day trip to Uppsala for additional facility visits.
  • A cruise to Sandhamn.
  • A visit to the Stockholm City Hall and Nobel Banquet Hall.

Open to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students from any accredited U.S. college or university with an interest in health care, or social policies. Also open to interested professionals in the field. Preference will be given to applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. All participants are expected to be at least 21 years old by the start of the program.

Further Reading: 

For more information contact: 

Ellen Averett, PhD, MHSA
Department of Health Policy and Management
University of Kansas Medical Center
5003 Student Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66160
email: eaverett@kumc.edu 

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