Summer School Comparative Public Health: Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

The University of Sarajevo Center for Interdisciplinary Studies is proud to announce the continuation in implementing the program Comparative Public Health in cooperation with Northwestern University (NU).

This program (part of NU’s Global Learning Abroad offer) introduces students to healthcare systems and policies in the former Yugoslavia and to the specific public health challenges facing these post-socialist and post-conflict societies. Students will spend four weeks in Belgrade, Serbia, followed by four weeks in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (22  July – 14 August 2019), where they will develop a nuanced and comparative perspective on the politics and history of recent conflicts, as well as relevant social and political determinants of health disparities, in the region. Through courses, site visits, cultural excursions, and supervised field activities at community health organizations, students will learn about the cultures, languages, and communities in the region, the impact of war, humanitarianism, and neoliberal economic reforms on local health systems, the pressing current health policy debates and public health challenges in each country, as well as post-traumatic stress, humanitarian psychiatry, and post-war mental health care.

As one of the leading pathways to fostering University of Sarajevo’s international cooperation, this program falls under activities known as “internationalization at home” – implementing international projects aimed at improving the quality of instruction and research, also strengthening the University of Sarajevo’s visibility as a chosen partner of prestigious universities worldwide.

The summer school “Comparative Public Health – Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina“ opening ceremony will take place on Monday, July 22nd, 2019, at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo.