Center for Ethics and Humanities
in the Life Sciences

College of Human Medicine




Study Abroad

london study abroadSince 1986, students have been going to London through the Medical Ethics and Health Policy London Study Abroad program. This five-week summer program compares the ethics and health policy of U.S. health care delivery and the British National Health Service. Dr. Len Fleck serves at the course instructor. For more information on the Summer 2018 program, visit this page.

International Partnerships

The Center for Ethics faculty are continually working to establish and maintain international partnerships to connect and collaborate with a larger bioethics community. Below is a representation of ongoing projects and affiliations, and additional information about international programs is available on the MSU Bioethics Blog.

Zhengzou University and Southeast University

Henan Province and Nanjing, China

Tom Tomlinson is developing collaborations and exchanges with bioethics scholars and researchers here.


Ewha Womans University and Dong-A University

South Korea

Judy Andre and Tom Tomlinson are developing collaborations and exchanges with bioethics scholars and researchers here.


The Cochrane Collaboration, Developing Countries Field

Elizabeth Bogdan-Lovis serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Developing Countries Field, an entity within the Cochrane Collaboration.


University of Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica

MSU's College of Human Medicine and the University of Costa Rica are developing collaborations focusing on women's health. Elizabeth Bogdan-Lovis participated in the sessions to develop a bilateral residency exchange program in Obstetrics and Gynecology.


University of Malawi and Fogarty International Center

Zomba, Malawi

With the support of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, we engaged in an international training program in partnership with the University of Malawi College of Medicine dedicated to enhancing bioethics capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our training grant assists African scholars to develop active research and teaching programs in the area of research ethics.

Korean University Partners

Ewha Womans University

Seoul, Korea

Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics

Dong-A University

Busan, Korea

Center for Humanities and Life Culture

Our Agreements will Develop:

  • Exchange of bioethical materials in education and research, publications, and academic information
  • Exchange of faculty and research scholars
  • Exchange of health professionals interested in bioethical issues
  • Development of joint projects in bioethical research, consultation and other projects of mutual interest
  • Pursuit of public and private funds as necessary to support these cooperative activities
  • Exploration of options for exchanges of graduate, undergraduate, and health professional students. Such exchanges will be developed under a separate agreement

Summer Study Abroad: Medical Ethics and Health Policy in London

London, England

Summer 2018: July 7 - August 11

Instructor: Len Fleck, Professor in the Center for Ethics.


Please read through this slide presentation for more information on the course, living in London, and many other details.

Additional information on costs and traveling internationally is available on the website for the Office of Study Abroad.

Program Application


Course Content
  • How should health reform be done to both increase access and control health costs?
  • How do we best allocate our resources to provide just and efficient health care?
  • What social values should govern clinical and policy decisions related to genetics and reproduction?
  • Why and how have the U.S. and the U.K. dealt with these issues so differently?
  • How have science and technology altered the relationship between health care workers and the public over the past 40 years?


Undergraduate students enroll in HM 491 (6 credits); Medical students enroll in HM 591 (5 credits).

Eligibility requirements:
  • No course prerequisites
  • Open to all majors, undergraduate and graduate students
  • Non-MSU students welcome
  • Essay required
  • 2.5 minimum GPA


Living Arrangements

Students will be housed in flats controlled by ACCENT of London. Flats will generally house 3-4 students. Each flat has a complete kitchen with equipment needed to prepare meals. Each flat also has a living room and its own bathroom.