|HPM Students Crossing Borders Over Spring Break|
Florida, Texas, California...these are popular spring break destinations. Kathleen Miller, Dilan Luvis, Edwin Alcorn and Jasmine Stringer have another idea on the best place to spend spring break. These four health policy and management students, along with students from the Universities of Michigan and Missouri, will be crossing borders and attending the first U.S.-German Excursion to Bayreuth and Berlin.
"We have had a relationship with the University of Bayreuth for several years," said Bruce Fried, associate professor in health policy and management. "We have hosted students from the University of Bayreuth in Chapel Hill and faculty members have taught classes in Germany. This is the first time the University of Bayreuth will host students from Carolina."
The week-long excursion, which was initially designed by Fried and Andreas Schmid, former German exchange student and faculty member at the University of Bayreuth, will begin March 3 in Bayreuth and will end in Berlin. The goals of the session are to gain a deeper understanding of the German health care system by engaging with players from different industries, learn about the challenges the German health care system is facing and discuss the implications of the various health reforms in Germany. Students will visit manufacturing companies, parliament, the Federal Ministry of Finance and Health, a local hospital, pharmaceutical companies and a private health insurer.
"What first attracted me to the German Excursion program was that it will provide exposure to the German health care system, as well as a better perspective on how the pharmaceutical industry operates abroad, specifically seeing two of the top-leading pharmaceutical companies in the world," says Dilan Luvis, student in the residential master's program. "Additionally, getting a chance to travel to Berlin, Munich, and Bayreuth to immerse myself in the German culture was a huge bonus."
"We are very excited about this international travel offering," says Fried. "It will only strengthen our relationship with the University of Bayreuth and provides our students with another hands-on global opportunity."
|Last updated March 01, 2012|