Through the IES: London Health Practice and Policy program, Whitman students can study current issues related to health care, public health practices and policy, and the structure and administration of health care systems.  Students enroll in courses at the IES Abroad Center (located near the British Museum) and travel to Oxford once per week for a course taught at Oxford’s St Catherine’s College.  Students travel to Kingston, Jamaica for the final 8-10 days of the semester to study health issues in a country with a developing economy.

Fields of study:

Health studies


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Semesters Offered:

Fall or Spring Semester (single semester only)


September-December, January – April


Required Courses:

  • Social Welfare in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspecitive and Practicum (6 credits)
  • Comparative Health Care Systems and Policies in Britain and the US fall semester (3 credits)
  • Public Health in Europe: Issues and Social Policies spring semester (3 credits)
  • Health and Disease (3 credits)*
  • Study London Program Elective (3 credits)

* Taken at the Institute of Human Sciences, the University of Oxford

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


Nido King's Cross Residence Hall located in central London.  Students share a double room with another IES student.


Students prepare their own meals in the residence hall kitchen or purchase meals in restaurants.


Students engage in hands-on service learning and practicums throughout the program.  In London, placements are in public and private organizations related to providing healthcare, healthcare administration, and public health policy.  The practicum in Kingston, Jamaica takes place in community health clinics.


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: London Health Practice and Policy