University of Nevada, Reno Extended Studies University of Nevada, Reno Extended Studies University of Nevada, Reno Extended Studies

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University of Nevada, Reno —
Summer Study Tour to Prague, Czech Republic

May 21-30, 2016 (with required pre-travel meeting in March 2016)

CHS 461/661 The World’s Health: Comparative Health Care Systems — United States and the Czech Republic (Capstone)*

The World’s Health is a three-credit course that may be taken to earn three undergraduate credits (CHS 461 – general capstone) or three graduate credits (CHS 661) from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences. The course will compare the U.S. system of health care to the Czech Republic’s system of health care, with particular focus on balneotherapy, a key aspect of the health system in the Czech Republic. Students will learn in part through pre-readings about the history of the Czech Republic, the Czech health care system and balneotherapy. In Prague, we will have lectures, interactive class sessions, student presentations, media/film, writing assignments, and field tours with a focus on the health system of the Czech Republic. A final research paper is required.


About the Experience

The University of Nevada, Reno Summer Study Tour to Prague is offered through the School of Community Health Sciences in partnership with Central Bohemia University and with housing through Charles University. Students will meet in Prague, where they will visit health facilities and meet and learn from health care leaders. One day will be spent traveling to health spas that offer balneotherapy. There, students will learn about the healing effects of mineral water from balneotherapy providers and researchers.

Balneotherapy is a key aspect of the health care system in the Czech Republic and other European countries, and an important focus of the course. Participants will learn about Czech culture and the various health issues affecting the Czech population. Site tours may include a medical school, primary care clinics, reproductive care clinics, proton therapy and other health facilities. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in Czech cultural tours as part of this group trip and will have time to explore on their own.

Program Fee

Program Package: $2,100 per student*

Fee includes:

  • Tuition for three undergraduate or graduate credits in CHS 461/661
  • Dorm room accommodations
  • Transportation within Prague
  • Course instruction
  • Select cultural experiences

Textbook and Course Material

Program participants are responsible for airline transportation to and from Prague, passport and visa fees, individual sightseeing, incidental and activity expenses, and some meals. * Dates and costs are subject to change depending upon rate increases and currency exchanges. Participants may decide to stay overseas for a longer period of time to explore and travel at their own expense. Applications Applications for this course will be accepted Aug. 24-Nov. 15, 2015. A maximum of 14 students will be selected to participate in the program based on application information. For application information, please email instructor Mel Minarik, Ph.D., MPH: The course informational meeting will be held Sept. 28, 2015, 4-6 p.m.

Deposit and Fee Payment Schedule

A $500 deposit is due upon registration to reserve your spot; $1,600 is due when Summer Session 2016 enrollment opens. Early registration is encouraged. The required pre-travel meeting for those selected to participate in the Summer Study in Prague program will be held in March 2016 (date TBA; attendance required for all participants) The group will convene in Prague on Saturday, May 21, 2016 and will disband in on Monday, May 30, 2016. Participants may extend their stays at their own expense. Passports and Visas It is imperative that participants acquire valid passports as soon as possible. Passport processing may take 10-12 weeks. A visa is not required of U.S. citizens. Learn more about visa requirements at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.