Public Health Living & Learning Community

The Public Health Living & Learning Community is a highly selective housing opportunity where you will engage yourself in life in Copenhagen through the lens of health.

The understanding of what healthy living means in each country depends on various factors such as culture, economy, and governmental focus as well as public interventions. The Public Health LLC offers you a unique opportunity to learn and explore cross-cultural similarities and differences between American and Danish concepts of healthy living and learn about services provided in both public and private settings.

Commitment and Community

Being in the Public Health LLC means committing yourself to weekly meetings, planning and attending health-related events throughout the semester.
You will build a community with a shared identity and values within a study abroad context, one that challenges the way you see your own identity.

Learning Objectives for the Public Health LLC

  • Gain an understanding of health initiatives for the local population in Copenhagen municipality
  • Examine cross-cultural differences between American and Danish understanding of healthy living and public interventions
  • Engage in dialogue with Danish professional health workers
  • Build a community around your shared interest in Public Health

Examples of LLC Activities (may vary each semester)

  • Visit the UN office in Copenhagen, together with the Social Justice LLC, to discuss women & poverty
  • Learn about and discuss cultural eating habits of Danes vs. Americans from a Meat Anthropologist
  • Participate in weekly meetings about health issues and cook meals together as a community
  • Discuss the image of the ‘cool artist’ and its implications for healthy living, together with the Creative Writing LLC
  • Hear various guest speakers discuss their involvement in the health sectors of the Danish welfare system

Meet the Public Health LLC Coordinator

Camilla Hoff-Jørgensen

Since 2008, Camilla has worked as a Cultural Health Advisor in Japan and Spain, as well as an anthropologist conducting quantitative and qualitative studies in Copenhagen. In addition to coordinating the Public Health LLC, Camilla teaches the Healthcare Strategies for At-Risk Populations at DIS. Camilla has also worked as an anthropologist in the Prevention Department at the Danish Cancer Society, and currently works with a design innovation company to develop insights about customer well-being and work environments. Camilla is excited to share her personal and professional experience with the Danish welfare system, as well as insight into daily life in Copenhagen! Camilla has been with DIS since 2015.