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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: 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 Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

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

Ireland, Summer 2023

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 2023

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1
  • 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
Day 2
  • Morning visit to Trinity College and the Book of Kells
  • Afternoon visit to Kilmainhaim Gaol
  • Overnight Dublin
Day 3
  • Morning visit to Trinity College School of Nursing
  • Afternoon visit to a local hospice
  • Overnight Dublin
Day 4
  • Morning visit with Mater Hospital
  • Afternoon Grave robbing walking tour
  • Overnight Dublin
Day 5
  • Arrive in Belfast
  • "The Trouble" black taxi tour
  • Afternoon - Discussion of U.K. healthcare system
Day 6
  • Community Service Project
  • Visit to Oireachtas (Legislature)
  • Overnight Dublin
Day 7
  • Tour of Malahide Castle and Gardens
  • Overnight Dublin
Day 8
  • Independent Study
  • Overnight Dublin
Day 9
  • 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
Day 10
  • Historical walking tour of picturesque Galway
  • Independent Study
  • Depart for Dublin via Motorcoach
Day 11
  • 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 2023: Coming soon!
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.

  • Application deposit
  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and some additional group meals
  • Guided tours and excursions,. as described in itinerary
  • Transportation between program sites
  • Pre-departure orientation 
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included: 
  • Airfare*
  • Passport fees
  • Visa fees
  • Some meals
  • COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
  • COVID-19 testing while abroad
  • Vaccinations 
  • 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

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment.)

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

Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.
Note: You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account. George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.

Financial Aid: 
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.

If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must: 
  • Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in

After acceptance: *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:

VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at

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


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.

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

  Laura Poms
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.