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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission 06/01/2023 07/01/2023

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
COM 355: Survey of Health Communication

At the center of promoting better health and preventing disease and illness is communication. Barcelona, Spain, with its Mediterranean cuisine, beaches, and healthy lifestyle make it an interesting place to begin a study of health communication. Add in the fact that Spain has the most efficient healthcare system in Europe (and 3rd in the world), longest lifespan in Europe, and was recently ranked by one report as the “healthiest country in the world,” and there is much we may learn about health communication through both our experience in living in Barcelona and in making critical comparisons to the U.S.
Parc Guell Barca ESE
Overview Current data would suggest that the U.S. has fallen far short of achieving any of its initiatives outlined in the Healthy People 2020 report. These goals included increasing longevity, preventing disease and premature death, achieving health equity, building healthy social and physical environments, and promoting quality of life across the lifespan. Currently, the U.S. ranks dead last in health care access and quality and has the highest rates of preventable deaths in comparison to our peer countries. For the first time in our history, the average lifespan in our country has decreased. Indeed, the U.S. spends more on health care as a share of our overall economy and has the lowest life expectancy and highest suicide rates among 11 peer nations. But there is much we can do to improve our health status in the world. At the center of promoting better health and preventing disease and illness is communication. Barcelona, Spain, with its Mediterranean cuisine, beaches, and healthy lifestyle make it an interesting place to begin a study of health communication. Add in the fact that Spain has the most efficient healthcare system in Europe (and 3rd in the world), longest lifespan in Europe, and was recently ranked by one report as the “healthiest country in the world,” and there is much we may learn about health communication through both our experience in living in Barcelona and in making critical comparisons to the U.S.
Location One of the world's most dynamic and vibrant cities, Barcelona offers endless possibilities for cultural, historical and social exploration.  From the Roman-era walls of the Gothic Quarter to the Modernista architectural wonders that line the elegant Passeig de Gracia, the city is one of the contrasts which blend effortlessly into a single, beautiful Mediterranean tapestry.  With a major port, high speed train station and international airport, Barcelona is the gateway to southern Europe and a hub from which business, economic and entrepreneurial activity thrives.
Academics COM 355: Survey of Health Communication

Explore the major current areas of research within the field of health communication through the unique experience of living in Barcelona, Spain. The course covers important topics related people and their perspectives (e.g., patients, caregivers, health care teams, and relationships between patients and providers), challenges and complexities in health communication (e.g., factors that affect patients, socio-cultural factors, risky behaviors among adolescents and young adults, mental health and illness, and ethical issues), and the role of technology in health (e.g.,
new technologies, media effects, campaigns and interventions, the internet and
eHealth, and risk and crisis communication.) We will take advantage Barcelona’s uniquely healthy built environment that exists within a country that maintains a strong health care system. Our course of study will help to raise your awareness of health communication and how it operates in your daily lives. Meaningful comparisons between Barcelona and your experience living in the U.S. can help you take a more informed and active role in health promotion and disease prevention in a variety of socio-cultural contexts.
 
This course is open to all students but may be of particular interest to students interested in careers in health care. It is ideal for pre-med students and COM majors and minors who have a unique interest in health and culture.
Faculty Steven M. Giles, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Director, Social Wellness Lab
Department of Communication
336-758-3290 
gilessm@wfu.edu
Accommodation Student will live in shared apartments.
Excursions Tentative excursions include:
  • Girona, Spain (medieval city that some may recognize from Season 6 of Game of Thrones)
  • Local visits to medical facilities 
Selection
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Interest in subject matter
  • Open to all majors
Costs The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
  • Program Fee – Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
  • Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2022 summer rate was $950/per credit hour. Expect a slight increase for Summer 2023.
  • Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
  • Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.
Program Fee (estimated) - $3,157
Tuition (estimated) (3 hrs) - $2,850
Airfare (estimated) - $1,700
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $1,000
Estimated total cost - $8,700
Scholarships Scholarships are available through the Center for Global Programs and Studies
Contact
Steven M. Giles, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Director, Social Wellness Lab
Department of Communication
336-758-3290 
gilessm@wfu.edu

Sean McGlynn
Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
336-758-3194
mcglynsd@wfu.edu

 
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