The Business of Healthcare

The Business of Healthcare is an interprofessional faculty-led travel program in Paris open to all College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Pre-Professional Psychology and Sociology majors.

Because healthcare does not exist in a vacuum, this course brings together major aspects of healthcare and how each interacts in an international context.

Major topics include: healthcare infrastructure including integrative health and public health, as well as nutrition, exercise, service, advertising, and other topics as needed.

Why Paris?

The U.S. and France have different social and economic systems and different healthcare and hospital systems. As such, a comparison between French healthcare and US healthcare with a business/marketing/advertising lens will assist students in understanding the complexities of healthcare globally.

Students will receive information about French healthcare and its similarities and differences to US healthcare prior to departure. They will have several opportunities to visit various healthcare institutions, speak with local experts/residents and complete a windshield survey of Paris.

There is a language barrier, so students will need to have a basic French lesson prior to the trip. However, speaking English is a common practice in Paris. Students will also have their first lesson in Paris about health and safety in Paris.

Course Information

Required course: HADM 376 (3 credits)

  • Counts as an elective in MKTG, BUSA, MIS, and HR.
  • Counts as credits toward students earning 150 credits in the ACTG degree.
  • Counts as credits toward students earning 120 credits for graduation.
  • This course may count as an elective for your major.
Students must be within the College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, or College of Science and Engineering.

Talk with your academic advisor to learn more.

Optional Independent Study

3 credits may be available from your major

  • Taking the optional independent study for 3 credits as part of this program will bring students to 6 credits in the summer term.
  • This qualifies as a full load and would allow students to qualify for summer financial aid.

If interested in exploring this option, please contact the instructors directly at and

Travel Dates

May 18-26, 2019



  • Morning arrival
  • Get settled in hotel
  • Nap
  • Group lunch meeting for health and safety orientation and discussion of transportation (how to use the metro, bus, and vélib’ systems and how to be a “blue dot navigator”)
  • Bus and walking tour of city in the afternoon. 


  • Guest lecturer on French socialized medicine vs. U.S. healthcare
  • Group lunch
  • Visit to Hôpital Pitié Salpétrière: A guided tour of the largest hospital in Europe  

  • Company Visit and talk: The business of healthcare: what’s the bottom line? 
  • Group Lunch
  • Company visit and talk: Advancing the world of health: providing quality care to people in need

  • Visit and talk: Art therapy: A viable and effective alternative to traditional therapy
  • Group Lunch
  • Visit Musée de l'Orangerie
  • Choose one other museum to visit at your leisure, examples: Musée D’Orsey (14€), Louve (17€), Quai Branly (FREE for those <26 or 10€), or Centre Pompidou (FREE for those <25 or €14).  Any museum is acceptable. 

  • Visit and talk: Combating food waste: the role of food banks in France
  • Group Lunch
  • Visit to Marche Raspail open-air food market.

  • Yoga in the park
  • Group Lunch
  • Networking event: connect with locals to get a better feel and understanding for the Parisian way of life
  • Farewell Dinner

Free Day





  • Two meals per day, with the exception of the free day.
  • Accommodations, entry fees, company visits and briefings.
  • International and local transportation.
  • 24-hour emergency contacts and local guides.
  • Health and safety briefing and orientation.
  • 3-credit tuition; 3 elective credits.

To apply, visit the travel programs website.

Application help can be found in this step by step application instructions (PDF). 

Financial aid may be available to eligible students.

For questions on financial aid or travel programs, contact Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Away for Faculty-led Programs, at 507.457.5081 or