This Human Health study abroad program will provide students with the opportunity to experience the historical milieu that has set the standard for modern health care. From the late 18th century to the early 20th century, Paris was the heart of scientific progress in health and established principles and approaches to modern medicine.
- The Seine River runs through Paris, providing a tranquil contrast to the buzzing city life.
- There are around 130 museums of art, music, history, etc. within the city.
- Population: 2.24 million
Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 14. The final deadline to apply is February 15. Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible, as some programs reach capacity by the end of January.
June 20 - July 26, 2019 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)
HLTH 360: French Perspectives on Health
Instructor: Michelle Lampl, PhD, MD
The course aims to provide the student with the opportunity to experience a different cultural viewpoint on matters of health. Contrary to the biomedical view that there is a single corpus of knowledge on health and well-being, the class will consider the strong influence that cultural beliefs, values and traditions exert through differences in behavior and treatment, and the larger ramifications in terms of policy. The traditional classroom setting will provide an environment to discuss class readings and the specific assignments are designed to make students active participants in learning from experiences unique to Paris. By the end of the course, students should be able to (1) identify a number of specific aspects of daily life that distinguish health-based attributes of the French versus United States that contribute to their relative health status as reported internationally; (2) identify historical differences in the integration of mental and physical health and clarify the future importance of a holistic approach to human health; (3) articulately compare and contrast the French health system by comparison with the US system; (4) appreciate the importance of health and medicalization in French literature, art and music.
HLTH 385: Sante Mental, Medical Science and French Culture
Instructor: Chris Eagle, PhD
This class focuses on literature as an entry point into the medical and scientific cultures of 19th century France. Many French novelists (e.g. Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, Proust, Celine) were deeply invested in the clinical practices and scientific theories of their time, and that investment gets reflected in their views on medical practice and human nature. We will engage in a close-reading of literary representations of medical science, supplemented by scientific texts, to gain a sense of how emerging scientific theories radically changed French culture from 1850 to 1920. Novel-writing in France came to be seen as a form of scientific experiment, exploring both physical and mental health. Not only did emerging science change the way novelists wrote about our emotions and our bodies but Parisian medical spectacles played a role in reshaping popular attitudes regarding the body and health.
Students will live in shared apartments of 2-5 Emory students.
Cost and Funding
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheet
Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost. For more information, please see Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.
Each summer study abroad program will have at least one mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details. Emory College Study Abroad will also require all students to complete a mandatory online pre-departure orientation by April 15. This assignment will be deployed through Canvas early April.
Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy
Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students
Center for the Study of Human Health
Study Abroad Advisor
Emory College Study Abroad