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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring Break, Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break, Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Prerequisite: Yes Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Community Health Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

One Island, Two Countries: Public Health in Dublin and Belfast

Ireland, Summer 2021

This course explores the ways in which political, social, and economic institutions and practices influence the history of disease, its understanding, and its control within the context of public health in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. We will examine the historical foundations of Irish public health, including the influence of the Irish Poor Law, the Great Famine, the Troubles, the establishment of an independent Ireland and the potential impact of Brexit. We will investigate the public health and the health care system in Dublin and Belfast, two major cities on the island of Ireland,  through an inter-professional lens by engaging with health professionals from a variety of related disciplines in several diverse areas.

Program Highlights

  • Dublin, Ireland: the National Museum of Ireland, the Book of Kells, Trinity College, the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament)
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland (day trip): the Belfast Peace Wall and political murals
  • Galway:  the Cliffs of Moher and the picturesque town of Galway
  • Planned meetings with experts from Trinity College School of Nursing and at the Mater Hospital
  • Completion of a service-learning project for an Irish social welfare agency


This program is open to all undergraduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University.  

Undergraduates: at least 30 completed credits (sophomore standing or higher) with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
Graduates: 6 completed credits with at least a 3.0 program GPA


3 Credits

Course Options

  • GCH 491/591 Public Health Study Abroad

Program Dates*

June 2 - June 12, 2021 


Tentative Itinerary

June 2
  • Morning arrival Dublin.
  • Meet and greet by Select study guide at Dublin airport and private escorted motor coach transfer to the city centre. This will also include a 2-hour walking orientation of the city.
  • Afternoon check in to the hotel. Your guide will ensure students are settled into their rooms and comfortable with their surroundings.
  • Attend evening church service
  • Validate Dublin bus pass providing free travel on the city’s public transport system
  • Overnight Dublin
  • Morning visit to Trinity College and the Book of Kells
  • Afternoon visit to Kilmainhaim Gaol
  • Overnight Dublin
June 4
  • Morning visit to Trinity College School of Nursing
  • Afternoon visit to a local hospice
  • Overnight Dublin
June 5
  • Morning visit with Mater Hospital
  • Afternoon Grave robbing walking tour
  • Overnight Dublin
June 6
  • Arrive in Belfast
  • "The Trouble" black taxi tour
  • Afternoon - Discussion of U.K. healthcare system
June 7
  • Community Service Project
  • Visit to Oireachtas (Legislature)
  • Overnight Dublin
June 8
  • Tour of Malahide Castle and Gardens
  • Overnight Dublin
June 9
  • Independent Study
  • Overnight Dublin
  • Morning - Motorcoach to County Clare
  • Take in the sights at the Cliffs of Moher
  • Visit the Irish Workhouse Centre
  • Group dinner and Overnight in Galway
June 11
  • Historical walking tour of picturesque Galway
  • Independent Study
  • Depart for Dublin via Motorcoach
June 12
  • Depart Dublin

* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2021: $3,900

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course: a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.

  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and some additional group meals
  • Guided tours and excursions as described in itinerary
  • Transportation between program sites
  • International emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Note:  This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights and/or costs associated with arriving prior to the start of the program.

When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.  

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments. All payments and charges are reflected in the student’s Mason Student Account.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20, 2021 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 10, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until mid to late February. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" and "Intent to Use VA Benefits" forms are available in the MasonAbroad application system once the office of financial aid can review aid for this program. 

* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:



GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:


Application Deadline:

March 10, 2021


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until mid to late February.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

Name Laura Poms, PhD

GEO Program Administrator

  Paul Locascio
Name Paul Locascio
Phone (703) 993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.