Belfast-DublinSummer Study Tour

This Week-Long Study Tour will introduce you to the main public health challenges on an island with similar health risks and outcomes, but with two separate health systems. In light of on-going Brexit negotiations, the island of Ireland is literally at the frontier of the European Union, and you will learn first-hand how the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU affects health and healthcare organizations.

You will learn about the main public health challenges faced in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, and the how the unique – and at times difficult – relationship between the two has affected health and healthcare. Your class will discuss the cross-border cooperation between the two countries, along with understanding devolution in the UK context: how the National Health Service in Ireland operates differently from those on the mainland. Furthermore, you will investigate the differences in sexual health and reproductive rights in this context. Finally, you will study how European Union legislation impacts upon health and health systems.

Tour Objectives

  • Compare and contrast health system organization and financing in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
  • Explain the implications of Brexit for public health and health systems organization
  • Analyze key debates in sexual health and reproductive rights in the region
  • Describe the role of the EU in public health
  • Explore and learn more about Ireland through exposure to the culture and history of the region
  • Engage in your personal learning process outside the classroom by actively participating and challenging your current ideas and assumptions
  • Get to know your fellow students, faculty, and DIS staff in an educational

Possible Activities

  • Department of Health (Republic of Ireland)
  • Department of Health (Northern Ireland)
  • National Health Service Confederation
  • The Rainbow Project (NI)
  • The Well Woman Centre
  • Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions)
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Queen’s University Belfast