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  • Locations: Malmö, Sweden; Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Summer I
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Overview


Students enrolled HCA 5903.50 will have the opportunity to visit the cities of Stockholm & Malmö Sweden. This experience will be a combination of lectures and visits to local healthcare providers allowing students to explore the Swedish Healthcare System and see the critical response to the needs of refugees first hand



The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranks Sweden as the best healthcare system in the world.  In addition, the healthcare system in Sweden is often used as a model by other countries. This international health course offers opportunities to develop cross-cultural competencies for students with healthcare experience. Students will explore questions such as these: What makes the Swedish version of socialized medicine and healthcare system the best?  How much of that can be replicated in other parts of the world? Cross-cultural learning will be facilitated onsite for the students through lectures by Swedish healthcare professionals, site visits, interactions with locals and diverse members of the student group, debriefing sessions onsite (cultural processing) and daily journaling of reflections.
This course will bring together health administration students from different academic institutions, Texas State University, Central Michigan University, Governors State University in Illinois, Texas Tech University, Indiana University, and Texas Woman’s University, which will allow for personal growth and rich exchange of ideas. 


Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. The cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of Gamla Stan (the old town) are home to the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum, which focuses on the Nobel Prize. Ferries and sightseeing boats shuttle passengers between the islands.

Malmö, Sweden

Malmö is the capital and largest city of the Swedish county of Scania. Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden, after Stockholm and Gothenburg, and the fifth largest city in Scandinavia, with a population of above 300,000.The Malmö Metropolitan Region is home to 700,000 people, and the Øresund Region, which includes Malmö, is home to 3.9 million people.

Malmö was one of the earliest and most industrialized towns of Scandinavia, but it struggled with the adaptation to post-industrialism. Since the construction of the Øresund Bridge, Malmö has undergone a major transformation with architectural developments, and it has attracted new biotech and IT companies, and particularly students through Malmö University, founded in 1998. The city contains many historic buildings and parks, and is also a commercial centre for the western part of Scania.


Detailed Itinerary

The following table is a proposed itinerary. Dates and activities are subject to change.
  • Pre-Departure Lecture at TWU
  • Depart from Houston (IAH)
  • Arrive in Stockholm (ARN)
  • Group Meeting
  • Morning:
    • LECTURE: Brief history of Sweden in 19th & 20th century
    • LECTURE: Introduction to Swedish welfare system 
  • Lunch and small group discussions
  • Afternoon
    • VISIT AND LECTURE: Introduction to the Swedish Healthcare system, governmental perspective 
    • VISIT AND LECTURE: Management and administration of PHC clinics.
  • Morning:
    • LECTURE: Health system performance in Sweden
  • Lunch and small group discussions
    • VISIT AND LECTURE: Study visit to a Swedish hospital
    • VISIT AND LECTURE: Public Health department at Karolinska Institute
  • Evening:
    • TRAVEL: Take train to Malmö 
  • Morning:
    • LECTURE: Overview of refugee healthcare in Sweden Lund University/Malmö University
    • VISIT AND LECTURE: Refugee healthcare in Sweden: NGO perspective. Swedish Red Cross
  • Lunch and small group discussions
  • Afternoon
    • VISIT AND LECTURE: Refugee healthcare in Sweden: local governmental perspective. Malmö City Council, Department of Health
    • VISIT AND LECTURE: Management and administration of PHC clinics. Study visit to PHC clinic in Malmö
  • Evening:
    • TRAVEL: Take train back to Stockholm
  • Free Time
  • Group Working Dinner 
  • Morning:
    • VISIT AND LECTURE: Social support and the responsibilities of municipalities.
    • VISIT AND LECTURE: Social support and the responsibilities of municipalities.
  • Lunch and small group discussions
  • Afternoon:
    • VISIT AND LECTURE: Private Healthcare Clinic: Sophia Hemmet
  • Depart for Houston, Texas

Cost Breakdown

Program cost sheet for 2018, there will be seven nights in Stockholm hotels and one train trip.:
Costs to be paid to TWU:
  • Tuition & Fees: 3 credit hours tuition rate (applies to credit seeking students only)
  • Education Abroad Administrative & Insurance Fee: $90
Costs to be paid to the Swedish Healthcare Academy:                             
  • Academy Fee:  $1200  (not included in tuition) Covers site visits, lectures, lunch, transportation and train. 
Costs to be paid to the Gomega Travel Agency:
  • Airfare, transfers, hotels:  $3500 (est) per person based on double occupancy, additional $700 single occupancy 
Costs to be covered as needed by each student:
  • Non-covered Meals:  ~$300
  • Passport:  ~$200 (unless you already have one) 
Total Estimate:  $5,290 + Tuition for credit seeking students.  This course can be used to fulfill the graduation requirement for one three credit hour elective as part of the MHA required courses.
A non-refundable deposit amount of $500 (deducted from your total) payable to the Gomega Travel Agency along with your resume must be received by the Instructor by January 22, 2018 in order to secure your spot for the course. Fifty percent of the remaining balance ($1500) to the travel agency is due March 1, 2018, and the remainder ($1500) is due April 1, 2018. The entire academy fee ($1200 est) for the Swedish Healthcare Academy is due to Gomega Travel, who will pay this cost for us,  by May 1, 2018. For those students using financial aid to offset the costs, the Office of Financial Aid will work with you to meet these deadlines.  The initial deposit is not refundable, but cancellation fees of 50% apply until March 31st.  After April 1st, there are no refunds because final payments will have been made to secure the flight and accommodations. Trip insurance is available, but if interested you will need to work directly on your specifics with the travel agency.
The Academy Fee includes:
Services provided by Swedish HealthCare includes the following:
  • Planning and organization of full week content;
  • Program coordination and administration;
  • Premises for lectures and group work;
  • Local transportation;
  • Train Stockholm to Malmö and return;
  • Coffee and snacks during scheduled hours as proposed in program;
  • Fees for lecturers according to proposed program;
  • On some days: Lunch (when we need to stay as a group, excludes travel time) or busses (if we have site visits);
  • Full week companion and a qualified coordinator. A native English speaking public health specialist living in Sweden will assist during your stay;
  • Access to technical expertise by staff at Swedish Health Care prior, during, and after the visit to Sweden.

Program Leaders

Dr. Sandra Murdock
Houston: Room 7015

Gerald Goodman
Houston: Room 7114

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.