The Halina & Alfred Greenberg University of Georgia - Israel Health Partnership Program

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**We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 program**


A Summer Partnership Program Between the University of Georgia and the University of Haifa 

Sponsored by Halina and Alfred Greenberg


The Greenberg Israel Program goal

The Greenberg Israel Program aims to identify and develop a future generation of people who will lead health systems around the world. They will come together in Israel, learn together, develop life-long relationships with colleagues from around the world and then return home to promote best practices in health care.

At the completion of the program, students will have acquired new skills in leadership and new knowledge of health care delivery. Students will receive credits from either the University of Haifa or the University of Georgia (depending on enrollment), both two internationally-recognized universities, that may well be applied to their home universities. They will also receive a certificate of completion at the close of the program. 

Does the Greenberg Israel Program apply to you? 

The Greenberg Israel Program is designed to train students to become the future leaders of global health and is targeted to a broad range of students whose degrees and interest vary from: public health, global health, health care administration, health services research, medicine, international affairs, health policy, and public administration. 

Facts About the 2014 Program

Dates: June 19 - August 7, 2014 (7 weeks)

Location: Students will reside in apartment-style dormitories at the University of Haifa campus. All classes will be held at the University of Haifa. Internship site locations will vary with each student but typically, students will work in and around the Haifa metropolitan area. 

Pre-Departure: 3 non-credit and mandatory sessions that will cover:

  • Program orientation, safety & rules
  • An overview of the Israeli health system, population, public health, history, culture
  • An Introduction to courses
  • Lectures given by guest scholars and visiting professors (topics TBD)

Courses: Choose enough to total 12 credit hours

(1) HPAM 8800 (Call # 15200) - REGT* Leadership in Public Health - 3 credit hours 

(2) HPRB 8410  (Call # 95414) - REGT Sociology of Health and Illness - 3 credit hours 

(3) GLOB 8500 (Call # 34985) - REGT Comparative Global Health Systems - 3 credit hours 

(4) PBHL 7560 (Call # 65175) - REGT - Public Health Internship - 3 - 6 credit hours

Estimated Cost: $1,500 plus tuition, airfare, daily meals, incidentials, and souvenirs. Please note: This cost is subject to change due to: student numbers, increased fundraising, unforeseen changes in the program itinerary and exchange rate fluctuations.

  • Program fees are based on current exchange rates, in-country transportation to cultural venues accompanied by tour guides, in-country transportation to internship sites, lodging, student health insurance, and medical/political evacuation insurance coverage. 
  • Current summer tuition rates for MPH students is $355/credit hour (12 credits)
  • Airfare: Current rates, according to, range from $1659 to $1743 flying into Tel Aviv International Airport
  • Daily meals: University of Haifa housing includes a basic kitchen area (refrigerator, hot plate, and sink); a small grocery store is also available on-campus and in short walking distance from campus housing providing an inexpensive and convenient way for students to shop and eat. 

More About Location: Students will reside in the Talia Dorms on the University of Haifa campus. Female and male students will live separately in suites with individual bedrooms/bathrooms and a communal kitchen. Information about the Talia Dorms can be found here During the weekends, we will be taking expertly-guided cultural excursions to various areas in Israel including: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Akko, Nahariya, Akko, Bet Shan, Dead Sea, Golan Heights, Sea of Galilee, Kiryat Yam, Umm Al-Fahm, Megiddo, and Rosh Hanikra. 


*REGT conveys "study abroad" - when you register on Oasis, please make sure you use the scroll down menu to sign up for these courses under REGT, and not UNIV*

Course Descriptions

GLOB 8500 - Comparative Global Health Systems (3 credits)

Learning Objectives: On completing the class, graduate students should be able to:

  • Understand the foundations of health systems
  • Compare health systems in high, middle, and low income countries
  • Identify best practices in health systems that would serve high, middle, & low income countries
  • Conceive models for an “ideal” health system
  • Develop a model for an improved US health system
  • Develop leadership skills and knowledge to advocate for an improved health system

Course format:

  • Internet-based education, including peer-to-peer learning
  • Presentation-based assignment
  • Guest lectures in class and via video distance learning

HPAM 8800 - Leadership in Public Health (3 credits)

Learning Objectives: On completing the class, graduate students should be able to:

  • Differentiate and analyze different leadership styles, their strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify specific leaders and analyze their strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand the student's own leadership style and have an introspective perspective on strengths and weaknesses
  • Demonstrate skills in leading change efforts and running meetings

Course format:

  • Health care leaders will join - in person or by video - to discuss case studies of leadership in health care - using both successful and failed examples. 

HPRB 8410: Sociology of Health and Illness (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the field of medical sociology. We will discuss different sociological theories and examine how these contribute to a better understanding of specific contemporary issues related to health and illness. The objectives of this course are:

  • To provide students witha broad overview of the field of medical sociology
  • To enable students to understand the links between the subfield and sociology more generally
  • To highlight the health policy implications of medical sociology
  • To provide students with the tools to be creative and critical in analysis of readings on health and illness

PBHL 7560 Public Health Internship (6 credits): We cannot guarantee every student an internship experience. Depending on how many internship positions are available, we will be conducting a thorough evaluation of each students' professional experience and knowledge base prior to assignment. Those who are not placed will have to register for the other courses to total 12 credit hours. 

  • MPH students: 300 total supervised contact hours at a relevant health site/community-based health center in either Haifa or Nahariya
  • Internship will count towards MPH internship requirement
  • Non-MPH students: Hours will vary depending on your course load 
  • On average, approximately 30 hours/week
  • Transportation will be provided by the Program

The Study Abroad Experience

Students from the University of Georgia and the University of Haifa will be together to share the classroom experience, sharing ideas and learning from one another. Please note that all classes WILL be taught in English. University of Georgia students will participate in internships whereby they will be paired with other UGA students to work on specific projects at places like local hospitals and clinics. 

During the weekends, we will be taking cultural excursions to various cities and regions including: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Akko, Nahariya, Akko, Bet Shan, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Megiddo, and Rosh Hanikra. 


Special thanks go to Halina and Alfred Greenberg for the sponsorship of the program