International Partnerships and Study Abroad

Study Abroad Trips

Since 1995, the Department and MHA Program have developed international partnerships in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. International faculty give guest lectures in classes, and students are encouraged to expand their global awareness and life experiences with other cultures. Specific coursework in the curriculum offers additional opportunities for students to study and engage in international activities. The MHA program provides graduate students with the option of taking a 3 credit elective course, HAD 517: Global Health Management, a 10-day study abroad experience. Currently, students have the option to travel to Eastern Europe or Brazil. The trip to Eastern Europe runs twice annually in late May and in early October. The study abroad to Brazil runs once in January during intersession. 

Slovakia Trip October 2018


2018 Trip to Brazil

In January 2018, five MHA students, accompanied by nine students from Geisinger and three professors, went on a 10-day study abroad trip to Brazil. The group toured hosptials to gain a better understanding of the Brazilian healthcare system. They presented their reserach at the INCA where they engaged with students, physicians, and other healthcare executives. Their presentations ranged from topics such as primary care, transplants, and long-term care in Brazil. 


2017 Trip to Slovakia

In May 2017, MHA students embarked on a trip to Eastern and Central Europe. During their time they visited the countries of Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria. On the trip, the students were able to observe and better understand global healthcare. Students also gave presentations to PhD and Medical Doctors. These presentations varied in topics about the comparisons of various health related topics in the region. The video below gives a visual of their experiences during the 10-day trip. 

MHA Study Abroad 2017 - Slovakia

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MHA students on study abroad trip to Eastern Europe

2016 Trip to Slovakia

On October 10th 2016, The University of Scranton MHA program in partnership with the University of Central Florida MHA program sent seven students on a study abroad trip to Central and Eastern Europe.  On their trip the students had to opportunity to visit and experience the culture of five unique countries: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and the Netherlands.  While in Europe, the students were able to see the delivery of healthcare firsthand with a guided tour of the Slovak hospital system in the capital, Bratislava, by Dr. Jozef Suvada, a local Pediatric Oncologist.  Additionally, the students were able to present their research to PhD and Master of Public Health students at St. Elizabeth University in Bratislava and at the University of Trnava in Slovakia.  For more on the University of Scranton MHA program’s partnership with Slovakia see:  A Partnership That has Transcended Time

Student Presentations

 To learn more about students' experiences, please see the slideshows below. 

Study Abroad Trip to Brazil

Study Abroad Trip to Slovakia 2018