Winter: Rutgers-Public Health Aspects of HIV Prevention and Care

London, United Kingdom

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Winter 2024
Jan 01, 2024
Jan 13, 2024
Sep 15, 2023
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Good Academic Standing

Students will travel to London during the winter break. Assignments will be due during the Spring term. Students belonging to RBHS will see their registration for this course appear in their spring term bill and transcript. 



Program Advisor

The Program

Through a combination of in-class lectures, site visits, and cultural immersion, students will gain a deep understanding of the importance and use of public health policy in health behavior change and health promotion as it pertains to HIV prevention and care.

Students will consider the evolution and learn about the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemics in the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) health systems. Students will examine the biomedical, epidemiological, social and behavioral aspects of the disease using a public health lens with consideration to population-based health promotion strategies. 

University College London

Program Locations

London Winter

United Kingdom


The course will take place in the heart of London blocks away from the University of London and University College London. Close to the hotel and academic space, students are encouraged to explore museums, gardens, malls, and restaurants.  


By the completion of this course, students will be able to:  

  1. Describe the history, epidemiology, and evolution of the HIV/AIDS epidemics in the US and the UK.  

  1. Delineate the biological basis of HIV/AIDS in relation to treatment and care.  

  1. Discuss the life experiences of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in the US and the UK.  

  1. Identify behavioral, psychosocial, and structural factors that place people at risk for contracting HIV and that limit the effectiveness of both prevention and care.  

  1. Evaluate the effectiveness of health promotion strategies to address HIV disease throughout the course of the epidemic.  

  1. Apply the tenets of theoretical paradigms to analyze, evaluate, and communicate HIV prevention strategies.  

  1. Appraise public health policies developed throughout the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

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. 

This program counts as an elective course for School of Public Health Students. The course is also open to graduate students from other universities and alumni 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 

  1. Graduate students from other schools at Rutgers 

  1. Graduate Students from other universities 

  1. Undergraduate Seniors 

  1. Rutgers School of Public Health Alumni 

Important Information:

Students will be responsible for arranging their own airfare. Students are encouraged to travel with attending faculty and staff but are not required to do so. As such, the program requires that all accepted and attending students arrive in London no later than January 1, 2024. 

The assignments for this course will be due in the Spring semester but the traveling occurs during winter break:

  • Legacy Rutgers will be billed through the winter term bill.
  •  RBHS students will be billed through their spring term bill.

Housing and Meals

Students will be staying in hotels and local B&Bs throughout the two-week courses where breakfast will be provided every day. With the exception of 2 reception meals, students will need to provide their own lunch and dinner. 


Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Graduate $4,373 $5,852
Online $5,114 $5,114
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition (3 graduate credits School of Public Health)
  • Housing
  • Breakfast
  • In-country transportation (up to $130)
  • 2 receptions
  • Cultural visits
  • Administrative Fees
  • Emergency Medical Access Abroad

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $900
Lunch and Dinner $250
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Personal Expenses $100
Total $1,300.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. 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.

There will be opportunities for financial assistance for Rutgers School of Public Health students. Students will have the opportunity to apply for these opportunities and will be selected based on a combination of need and merit. Inquiries about additional scholarships can be made to Christine Oller at

Faculty Leaders

Rafael E. Pérez-Figueroa, MD, MPH

Rafael E. Pérez-Figueroa, MD, MPH (he/him/el): Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Public Health Practice; Associate Professor of Urban-Global Public Health

Rafael E. Pérez-Figueroa, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor in the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at the Rutgers School of Public Health. He is also the associate dean for Community Engagement and Public Health Practice. He is a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program, the Columbia University Community-Based Participatory Research Program, the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, and the New York University Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity. Most of his scholarly work focuses on public health issues related to human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) prevention and care, substance use and abuse, harm reduction, mental health, and healthcare utilization. He uses different community-engaged approaches to study these issues, focusing on the interplay between behavioral, social, structural, and environmental factors that influence health systems in which inequities are embedded. He emphasizes conducting community-engaged research work and public health practice that directly aligns to the translation, diffusion, and implementation of evidence-based health strategies into community practice and policies.