The Health and Society Program at King’s College London is a customized semester-long direct enrollment program designed for students interested in pursuing education in a healthcare field. UNC students will directly enroll at King’s for an opportunity to fully integrate into its academic, social, and cultural life while focusing on the medical industry. The program offers a strong grounding in both theory and practice, with input from a range of specialists in General Practice, Medical Sociology and Anthropology, Medical Ethics and Law.
King’s, one of the two founding Colleges of the University of London, is one of the oldest universities in England, and it’s also one of the largest, with a student population over 23,000. King’s is an urban campus, meaning instead of a contained campus, university buildings are located in the heart of the city and housing is scattered throughout the city.
King's is one of the UK’s most distinguished universities with an outstanding reputation for learning, teaching, and research. King's is known worldwide for the range and quality of its teaching and research and for fostering an enriching and stimulating learning environment. Just as at UNC, students studying at King’s have opportunities to study under top professors at the forefront of their disciplines in all departments. King’s offers a diverse, balanced curriculum in a variety of fields, including excellent Humanities and Sciences departments.
King’s is located in central London, with its main campus on “The Strand” along the River Thames. London is one of the world’s leading business and financial centers and home to many universities. With a population of 9 million, it is a major global city and one of the most cosmopolitan in the world. London boasts a rich culture and many attractions and lends itself to an atmosphere of excitement and sophistication.
The Health and Society Program includes a required standard course, clinical placement rotations, and three additional courses based on the student’s needs and interests. More information about these components follows:
All students will enroll in the Health and Society required module (MX1000): This course combines an in-class curriculum with a range of shadowing opportunities in different clinical settings. Students participate in a series of small group seminars and tutorials that integrate the study of clinical practice, communication in health care, medical ethics and law, psychology and medical sociology.
The Clinical Attachment: A series of clinical placement rotations enable you to apply class theory to a number of primary and secondary care settings: such as in General Practice, Guy's Hospital Minor Injuries Unit, operating room visits and Palliative Health Care setting. These placements are also supported by professional role plays, where you will have the opportunity to engage in a number of scenarios to learn and develop active listening skills, taking and presenting a case and family history, hypothetical deductive and inductive clinical reasoning.
Additionally you will choose three courses from the King’s course catalog . Normally students choose science courses to supplement the health and society course, but you can also choose arts and humanities courses if needed. These classes will be taken alongside degree-seeking King’s students.
The British educational system positions students to be more independent and pro-active in their learning. Rather than multiple assessments throughout the semester, students may be graded only on a final essay and/or exam. Students may find that they are spending less time inside the classroom, but the expectation is that they will spend increased amounts of time engaged in independent study. While this system may prove challenging for U.S. students, many students thrive on the freedom to direct their education and welcome the exposure to a Graduate School-style approach.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
King’s offers a range of housing options in central London, including single or shared rooms in residence halls or apartments. Most housing options are self-catered, meaning kitchen facilities are available and residents can prepare their own meals. Though King’s housing is spread across London, convenient public transportation options make it easy to get to class and around the city.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.