Quick Info

  • London
  • Summer
  • : Partner Program
  • : Health and Rehab Sciences, Nursing, Pre-Medical, Social Work
  • : July 23, 2018 - August 18, 2018
  • : $4,349 In-State / $4,549 Out-of-State
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

This program fulfills 3 foreign cultures requirements.

Health systems are having to respond to the number of competing challenges. The pressures of globalisation, ageing populations, increasing patient demands and the rising costs of research and medical treatments are forcing us to look more critically at how healthcare is delivered to devise changes for the future. Changes made to health systems are often based on economic and political rationale and countries such as the UK and USA are currently experiencing significant changes to the way in which our health care systems have historically been funded and delivered.

This course will introduce students to the healthcare system in the UK and the context within which it operates. It will start by looking at the introduction of the National Health System (NHS) in 1948 and take students through the key changes that have taken place right up to the present day. Drawing on a series of cases studies, students will be able to compare the UK model of healthcare with other healthcare systems such as in the USA, France and Sweden.

Students will explore a range of key concepts and themes in comparative healthcare from a multidisciplinary perspective. They will also develop critical appraisal skills to assess the quality of evidence used to support developments in healthcare policy and practice and help students to look critically at the role that governmental and non-governmental organisations play in healthcare. 

The course will focus on major influences in the development of nursing practice from the perspectives of medical, nursing and midwifery history.  Case studies will be drawn from London, the UK and continental Europe, with comparative perspectives from the rest of the world where appropriate.  Topics will include the impacts of social change, evolving attitudes to care, and the role of the Enlightenment, French Revolution and American Independence, as well as the transition from Agrarian to Industrial Society in shaping cultures and practices of nursing care.  The course will also consider the specific contributions made by Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Mrs Bedford-Fenwick to nursing practice.

The course will examine the ways in which religion, philosophy, ethics, law, sociology and economics have affected clinical practice and their influence on the professional role and practice of nurses and midwives.  Students will be encouraged to reflect on the historical changes that have had a particular impact on patients, their families and the wider public.  This will enable the students to gain a deeper understanding of historical reasoning and insight into a variety of forms of historical evidence, the ways in which this has underpinned past healthcare provision, and the potential that exists for history to affect healthcare in the future. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

  Sue Snoxall PhD, MEd, RGN, RCNT, RNT, DNEd, DHMSA, DMPSA

Sue has been a tutor in professional practice at UCL medical school for seven years and has twenty years’ experience in research practice, teaching research methods, and as a consultant nurse for the MRC in Public Health and Epidemiology on a study of Lifelong Health and Ageing.  She holds a PhD in twentieth century medical history, a GCP (Good Clinical Practice) course and is an ONS (Office of National Statistics) approved researcher.  She has worked in the NHS, higher education and charitable organisations for over forty years and has recent clinical experience in pain management and haematology.  Her clinical interests are in gynaecology and women’s health, pain management, palliative care and thromboprophylaxis.  Other clinical experience includes general surgery, gynaecology, palliative care, renal medicine, rheumatology and orthopaedics.  Her teaching and research interests are in medical and nursing history, philosophy and ethics allied to healthcare, and teaching and learning in healthcare.  

Ceri Butler

Ceri is a lecturer and researcher at University College London. She has been teaching in higher education since 2002 and has worked with international students on distance learning and face to face academic programmes since 2007. Her current teaching and research centre on population and global health, evidence based medicine, medical education and health services research.  Ceri is particularly interested in the lived experiences of refugee and migrant health professionals and their integration into the UK labour market.  She holds a BSc (Econ) and MSc from Queen Mary, University of London and is due to submit her PhD thesis for examination by University College London in the coming months. 


 Part of the experience is to live like a Londoner.  The overwhelming majority of students choose to live in shared apartments – the English call them flats – spread across the city.  You will be one of as many as eight students living in a flat, which includes shared bedrooms and bathrooms, living space, and access to laundry facilities, all in a secure building.  The flats also come with an equipped kitchen; note meals are not included in the program fee.  Apartments are as varied as the city itself; no two flats are alike. 

Regardless of where you live, you can expect a 45- to 60-minute commute to the CAPA Center.  We’ve got your commute covered with an unlimited pass for Zones 1 and 2 on the London Underground.

If apartment living does not appeal to you, homestays are also an option.  Email Oksana for more information. 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$ 4,349 $4,549
Arrive in London Depart London
July 22, 2018 August 18, 2018

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

* All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, time TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in London
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • An Unlimited Tube Pass for Zones 1 and 2
  • Health Insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Textbooks
  • Airfare ($1000-$1200)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals 
  • Airport Transfers ($40-$100)
  • Local Cell Phone ($100)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!