Budapest-ViennaWeek-Long Study Tour | Medical Practice & Policy Program

Required Course(s)
Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach
Fall/Spring semester

This week-long Study Tour to Budapest and Vienna will introduce you to the nuances of medical practice in two distinct healthcare systems: one which has been influenced by the rise and fall of Communist law, and the other, which is well-established and internationally regarded. You will be able to observe the differences between state-funded and privately-funded care by talking with health professionals from hospitals, clinics, and other medically related institutions. In each destination, you will be exposed to a diverse range of visits, which will provide you with a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of the healthcare systems in the region.

Both cities will feature visits to hospitals, clinics, and medical centers, where you will have the opportunity to meet with physicians and gain unique clinical exposure. Through a variety of tours, observations, and discussions, you will gain an inside look into the various topics within health care such as demographics and economy, healthcare promotion and infection control, allocation of technology, money & resources, organization of entry into the health system, and patient-doctor relationships. By the end of the study tour, you will have a better understanding of some of the strengths and challenges of the Austrian and Hungarian healthcare systems and how they compare to your experiences in Denmark and the United States.

Budapest and Vienna were once co-capitals of the strongest empire in Europe. Their shared cultural history coupled with their divergent paths following World War I offer a fascinating case study in how politics and culture affect the development of a healthcare system. In addition to medical visits, you will also enjoy traditional food, experience local culture, and contextualize your understanding of medical practice in Hungary and Austria.

Tour Objectives

  • Compare and contrast medical practice in Denmark, Austria, and Hungary
  • Understand the challenges facing healthcare providers in each country
  • Observe examples of clinical practice and research with clinical relevance

Possible Activities

  • Visit Semmelweis University Heart Center
  • Discuss with healthcare providers at the Buda Health Center and the National Center for Spinal Disorders in Budapest
  • Hear a lecture at the Medical University of Vienna and visit the Austrian Red Cross Headquarters