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*Culture, Public Health and Social Services: Exploring Greece

Athens, Greece ; Larissa, Greece

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The MU International Center sponsors this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the Master of Public Health program, School of Health Professions and School of Social Work. MU professor Mansoo Yu will lead this three-credit program in Athens and Larissa, Greece.

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students who would like to understand contemporary global health issues and cultural competency in global and diverse settings, as well as articulate implications for development and implementation of public health interventions in domestic and international settings.



You will be enrolled in one of the following MU courses for a total of three credit hours:

  • P HLTH 8001: Public Health Study Abroad (3)
  • SOC WK 7001: Topics in Social Work (3)
  • HLTH SCI 4001 (3) — Undergraduate health sciences majors are eligible to take this course as an elective. Please discuss this course with your academic adviser to ensure you are eligible.
  • P HLTH 4001-01 (3) 
  • SOC WK 4101: Topics in Social Work (3)

The goal of this program is for you to gain an understanding of Greece's public health issues, health care services, public health policies, programs and educational aspects, in addition to immersing you in Greece's culture, art and history. You will gain insight into possible implications for the U.S. to collaborate with Greece to solve some global health-related issues.

Course objectives

At the close of the program, you will have:

  • Learned to recognize and identify public health issues in Greece.
  • Experienced Greek culture.
  • Learned about health care services and public health policies in Greece.
  • Explored similarities and differences in health-related issues, health care services and public health policies in Greece and the U.S.
  • Examined how health-related issues are taught in Greece as compared to the U.S.
  • Suggested possible implications for the U.S. to collaborate with Greece to solve a similar health concern.

This program can fulfill the international experience and elective requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Global Public Health.

Academic credit

You will be enrolled in actual MU courses. You are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, you must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.

MU students: Grades will calculate into your MU GPA and appear on your MU transcript when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. You must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to your home university. You must work with your home university to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The International Center will issue one transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on your Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.


Accommodations and meals

You will stay in hotels while in Greece. Breakfast will be provided, but you will be responsible for all other meals on your own.

Host cities

Athens, both the capital city of Greece and the historical capital of Europe, is home to an incredibly rich and enchanting cultural history. Often referred to as the birthplace of civilization, the city is more than 3,400 years old, with early settlements dating back to the Neolithic age in the fifth century B.C. Explore some of Athens' most extraordinary and famous sites, including the Acropolis, Parthenon and Plaka district. To this day, Athens continues to influence political and artistic culture throughout the world as the seat of Greece's national government.

The agricultural city of Larissa is the capital city of the region of Thessaly. Set in the Thessaly plains, near the Pinios River and Mt. Olympus, Larissa is a major transport, military and service hub in the region. Remnants of both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires are spread throughout the city. While Larissa has been inhabited for thousands of years, today it's a modern university city.

Tentative itinerary

  • Introduction, overview of course
  • Pre-departure assignment one
  • Overview of itinerary and discussion of group projects, pre-departure assignment two
In Greece:
  • May 21: Arrive in Athens; welcome dinner
  • May 22: Full day Athens city tour, including Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
  • May 23: Full day visit to Medicins sans Frontiere and Praxis
  • May 24: Full day visit to Caritas
  • May 25: Half day visit to Hygeia Hospital
  • May 26: Travel to Larissa; Meteora visit
  • May 27: Full day visit to Dion site
  • May 28: Visit to Animus
  • May 29: Visit to University Hospital of Larissa and University of Thessaly Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology
  • May 30: Travel to Athens; beach day in Glyfada
  • May 31: Morning visit to National Archaeological Museum; afternoon visit to Athens Solidarity Now
  • June 1: Full day in Aegina Island; visit Temple of Afea; farewell dinner
  • June 2: Depart Athens
Post program:
  • Reflection paper
  • Oral report and wrap-up

Faculty program director

University of Missouri faculty member Mansoo Yu, Master of Public Health program and School of Social Work, will accompany the students to Greece.

Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.

Mansoo Yu

Mansoo Yu

Mansoo Yu is an associate professor in the Master of Public Health program and School of Social Work, as well as a policy research shcolar in the Institute of Public Policy at the Truman School of Public Affairs and associate director of the Center for Children and Families Across Cultures. He serves as the faculty adviser for the MSW/MPH dual degree program. Yu participated on the MU Global Scholars Program seminar in Turkey in 2014, and visited many universities and organizations during that trip. This course was developed from that visit. Yu's areas of scholarship include epidemiology and prevention of health-risk behaviors (e.g., tobacco use and risky sexual behaviors), health and positive living, and health disparity across various population segments. His areas of teaching include epidemiology, research methods and health disparity. Through this course, he is especially interested in helping students promote a global perspective in the areas of their interest.


Program budget

Additional expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial aid information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarships toward program costs.

Dates and deadlines

Term Application deadline Program start Program end
Summer 2019 02/15/2019 05/21/2019 06/02/2019
Summer 2020 02/15/2020


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you start an application for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application using the button below if you are an MU student.
    • Non-MU students should visit our page for non-MU participants for more information about the application process.
    • Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete and submit your application.

Note: If you do not have an MU PawPrint, please review our instructions for Non-MU (visiting) students.

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