The Netherlands - Women's Health and Public Health Ethics

A river with boats in Amsterdam

BETH 315A/415A Women's Health and Public Health Ethics in The Netherlands

Approved for Global and Cultural Diversity Credit, College of Arts and Sciences; Approved for Humanities Credit, School of Engineering

Approximate Cost 

$2,850 TOTAL


Course Description

This one week 3-credit intensive course will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Taught by faculty from Case Western Reserve University, University of Cincinnati, and a variety of academic, governmental, and community-based organizations in The Netherlands, this course offers students a cross-cultural perspective on ethical dilemmas raised by the policies and practices of public health in the United States and the Netherlands. Specifically, this course examines policies and practices related to access to health care, health disparities, substance use and misuse, infectious disease prevention, sex work, human trafficking, sex education, and reproductive health and considers how and why they differ given the cultural and political contexts of the U.S. and The Netherlands. We will examine the moral underpinnings, rationales, and outcomes of Dutch and American policies, and encourage course participants to interrogate their own assumptions on these often divisive issues. Prior to the trip, students will attend two lectures held via teleconference at Case Western Reserve University and University of Cincinnati, which will acquaint them with the theoretical approaches to public health ethics and major issues raised in the practice of public health in the United States. In the Netherlands, students will attend site visits, lectures, and discussion sessions aimed at exploring the ethics of public health policy and practice in the Netherlands, with the option of concentrating their learning experience on matters pertaining to sex or drugs. Following the intensive course week in country, students will attend one final session at their home universities to debrief on the experience, address questions or concerns and prepare for the final research paper on a topic in their area of concentration.