Summer 2019 Study Abroad

This course has been canceled.


Dr. Alexis Merdjanoff

GPH-GU 9202 Aging, Health, and the Environment: A Global Perspective

Based in NYU Florence, this course will contrast U.S. and international approaches to aging, health, and environmental risk. The world population is growing older: by 2050 the global population of those over 60 years old will reach nearly 2 billion. Italy, in particular, has the largest proportion (21.4%) of elderly citizens in all of Europe. There are several environmental risk factors that affect the aging process, including disasters, climate change, and pollutants. We will cover theories and principles of gerontology, climate change, disasters, and the built environment with the goal of understanding how environmental risk factors shape the aging process. Lastly, we will consider how Italian approaches to aging and health, including those of policymakers and local stakeholders, differ from the U.S. model.

Pre-requisites for this course include GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health. Non-public health students should discuss with the instructor what other courses might substitute for the required course.

All students are provided Geo-Blue Global Health Insurance for the duration of the course.

Arrival: Monday, May 27, 2019

Departure: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Housing: Students are responsible for finding their own accommodations while staying in Florence. GPH will provide list of nearby hotels and apartments. 

Program Fee: $800

Includes: Welcome/Farewell Dinner, some group dinners, day trip to Rome,  overnight trip to Venice with accommodations, guest speakers and cultural activities.  

Confirmation Fee: Non-refundable $350 to be applied to the program fee. 

Visas: Depending on nationality, you may require a visa to enter Italy.

Airfare: Students are responsible for arranging their own flights. Students should not book their flights until notified to do so.

Program schedule is subject to change.

Students in Florence, Spring Break 2018.

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