Summer 2019 Study Abroad


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.

Arrival: Sunday, May 26, 2019

Departure: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Housing: Students will be housed in shared doubles in hotels or guest houses. Students have the option to find their own accommodations while staying in Florence. 

Program Fee: To Be Determined

Includes: Welcome/Farewell Dinner, Geo-Blue Global Health Insurance, city bus tickets, some group dinners, overnight trips, day trips to Rome and Tenuta San Carlo, 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.

Students in Florence, Spring Break 2018.

Application Due Dates 

Applications are open via Google link on January 28th

Round 1:

February 11  Application due
February 25  Notification from GPH
March 4  Confirmation fee due

Round 2:

February 25  Application due
March 4  Notification from GPH
March 18  Confirmation fee due

$350 non-refundable confirmation fee applied toward PROGRAM FEE.

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