Summer: Rutgers- Migration in the European Context: Challenges for Public Health in Greece

Athens, Greece

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2024
Jul 06, 2024
Jul 20, 2024
Mar 01, 2024
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

Get an in-depth look at the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe from a public health perspective.

Become aware and able to identify cultural diversities in the field of health. Analyze the role of social, economic and political factors that influence migration. Students will visit medical facilities dedicated to migrant and refugee health as well as interact with local experts regarding basic assistance, human trafficking, and grief, among other issues.

Rutgers Summer Challenges for Public Health in Greece

Program Locations

City of Athens



Athens may be steeped in history, but is by no means stuck in time; rapid growth has developed it into a vibrant, modern space with 4 million inhabitants. The city is layered with memories, traces left by the Romans, Byzantines, medieval French and Spanish knights, and Ottomans, as well as by modern Greeks as they’ve moved from revolution to more recent upheavals.


This course provides a broad spectrum of theoretical knowledge on issues related to migrants’ health and the related policies in a European context.  In addition, it provides an opportunity for students to be in the field and interact with those who provide assistance and health care to newly arrived migrants/refugees in the island of Lesvos, one of the entry points in Greece. Thus, students can build a comprehensive multi-sectorial approach in issues related to migrant/refugee health.

This course is also open to graduate students from other universities admitted to the School of Public Health in non-matriculated status. Registration priority will be assigned as follows:

  1. Graduate students from Rutgers School of Public Health
  2. Graduate students from other Schools at Rutgers
  3. Rutgers School of Public Health Alumni
  4. Graduate students from other universities
  5. Undergraduate students – Juniors and Seniors

Click here to read the syllabus for this course. For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Housing and Meals

Students will be staying in hotels and local B&Bs throughout the two-week courses. Each day, students will be provided breakfast each morning through the hotel and will be responsible for their lunch and dinner. There will be two receptions held during the course of the two weeks where dinner will be provided.


Rutgers School of Public Health will offer scholarship opportunities for students registering in the program. Please, visit the SPH website and  contact them for more information.

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.  For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Faculty Leaders

Michael Gusmano

Michael Gusmano is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Lehigh. Along with his Leadership, Michael is a Professor of Health Policy the College of Health at Lehigh University and an Associate Professor at Rutgers University. He is a research scholar at the Hastings Center and a visiting fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York. He serves as the International Editor of the Journal of Aging and Social Policy, Associate Editor for Health Economics, Policy and Law, and is on the board of editors of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law and World Medical and Health Policy and the editorial committee of the Hastings Center Report. Dr. Gusmano has published five books and more than 100 scholarly articles.