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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Helsinki, Finland; Jyvaskyla, Finland; Parnu, Estonia; Petajavesi, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; Tartu, Estonia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Comparative Studies, International Studies, Microbiology, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Academic Credit: Public Health
Education Abroad Coordinator: Jennifer Bickley
Program Description:
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Program Public Health Fin Est tab 1

This program provides a basic introduction to global public health and discusses links between public health, educational, social and economic development with special emphasis on Finnish and Estonian societies. While the Gulf of Finland separates Finland and Estonia by just 50 miles, both countries offer students a special opportunity to explore unique global health concepts and practice in this region of the world. Students will also get an overview of the determinants of health and metrics of health status in both countries. Students will critically examine the role of culture, education, economy, and environment on public health-related issues in both classroom settings and through extensive travel throughout Finland and Estonia.

Through participation in this program students will (1) gain an understanding of key public health concepts as they are related to global health, (2) gain an understanding of the key public health issues in Scandanavian and Baltic countries and how they differ, and (3) establish links between public health and social, cultural, political,and economic factors.


Jyvaskyla, Helskinki, and Petajavesi, Finland and Tallinn, Parnu, and Tartu, Estonia


Students will stay in double occupancy rooms in local hostels and hotels.

Resident Directors

Dr. Lorraine Wallace

Education Abroad Coordinator

Jenny Bickley




Courses and Credit Public Health Fin Est tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register for 3 hours of Public Health 3189.04 for summer term 2018. Students will also be required to attend at least two mandatory on-campus pre-departure sessions during spring semester and a mandatory on-campus course during May, prior to traveling to Finland and Estonia. Contact your college adviser to determine if you are eligible to use this program to satisfy your Capstone.

Dates and Times for the on campus course are as follows:

Wednesday, May 9, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Thursday, May 10, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Friday, May 11, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Monday, May 14, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm




Application Requirement Public Health Fin Est tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be undergraduates and have completed at least 2 semesters of undergraduate education by the time the program departs, they must have a 2.5 minimum GPA.  Students must also meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Preference will be given to public health or health science majors, however, students of any major may apply.

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to




Program Costs Public Health Fin Est tab 4

Please refer to the 2018 budget sheet for estimated costs.  

You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a program fee of $3,603. The program fee includes accommodation, in-country instructional fees, in-country transportation, program related field trips and excursions, and some meals. It does not cover international airfare, some meals, visa fees (if required), accommodation or other expenses during the on campus course dates, and personal expenses.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

College of Public Health Undergraduate degree seeking students are encouraged to apply for travel awards offered through the College.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.




Information Sessions Public Health Fin Est tab 5

  • Thursday, October 5, 10-11a, 160 Enarson Central Classrooms
  • Wednesday, November 1, 3-4p, 160 Enarson Central Classrooms
  • Thursday, November 2, 10-11a, 160 Enarson Central Classrooms


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



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Getting to experience new cultures that are completely different than yours is always invaluable.  We have so much to learn from one another and it is so amazing to get to sit down and talk to people from all over the world about their lives.  I loved talking to the locals and discovering how the health and education programs in these countries effect their lives.  It really helped open my mind to new ideas.
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/03/2018
01/16/2018 05/18/2018 06/01/2018
NOTE: These include travel and in-country dates. On campus dates: May 9, 10, 11, 14, 15.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.