Public Health

Northern European healthcare systems are currently facing rising costs, aging populations, and socio-economic inequality. Analyze and debate these challenges and their interplay with the organization, financing, and prioritization within the systems.

Program Highlights

  • Examine what determines the setting of priorities for healthcare provision and the relationship between the many stakeholders involved in policymaking and delivery of health services
  • Access real-life and current debates within the Danish healthcare system by presenting a semester-long research project in collaboration with a Danish public health institution
  • While on course-integrated study tours, compare and contrast national healthcare systems in Eastern and Western Europe

Student Profile

This program is right for you, if you study public health, public policy, or health science, or wish to pursue a graduate degree or future career in the health professions.

From visiting hospitals and dissecting the Danish healthcare systems, this class has given me perspective. Our professors never try to force us to decide which country’s system is better, but encourage us to see strengths and weaknesses within both. I no longer look at health care as a black and white system. I’ve been challenged to think in a different way than I would in the United States, and have had an experience that stretches far beyond the classroom.”

– Shannon, Lafayette College

Why Study Public Health in Denmark?

On study tours, you will see how countries in close geographic, political, and social proximity have developed differing preventative and curative healthcare systems.

With its renowned system of extensive register-based population information, Denmark is a unique case study of how tracking health-related parameters over time can inform policy and decision makers about important public health issues.

Core Courses