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Study Abroad

The Center for Health Care Ethics offers summer intensive courses at Saint Louis University's campus in Madrid, Spain, and at Maynooth University's campus in Ireland.

Madrid, Spain

The 2021 HCE sessions this year will be offered back-to-back.

HCE 2930: Social Determinants of Health in Childhood (offered May 24-June 10) will be offered by Josh Arthur, M.D. A child born in Jeffvanderlou, a neighborhood in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, can expect to live for 67 years. In Clayton, a nearby municipality, the life expectancy is 85 years. How does an 18-minute trip from Clayton into the city of St. Louis result in 18 fewer years of life? This course will explore the ways that the circumstances in which people are born, grow up and age affect their overall health and quality of life. These conditions are known as social determinants of health and encompass factors such as income, race, housing and education. Improving these factors has objective, measurable effects on premature mortality that far surpasses even the benefits that a quality health care system can provide.

HCE 3300/PHL 3930: Bioethics and Human Nature through Film (June 14-July 1) will be offered by Jason Eberl, Ph.D. What does it mean to be human? What is the relation of being human to being a person? What are the implications for how we understand the beginning and end of human life? What is the relationship between the body and mind or soul? How do we confront suffering and death? This course will address these enduring questions by considering how human nature is depicted through the medium of film from cross-cultural perspectives.

How to Register

This course is only offered via the study abroad program as a SLU-Madrid student. Please apply to study abroad through mySLU before the March 1 deadline.

For more information on studying abroad in Madrid, contact the study abroad team at 314­-977­-2318. For questions regarding the course, you can reach out to Adrienne McCarthy .

Maynooth, Ireland

The next offered session will be the summer of 2022. The session will begin on Monday, May 23, 2022 through June 10, 2022 and will be taught by Tobias Winright, Ph.D. The course is open to all SLU students in all majors.

HCE 3020: Foundations in Catholic Health Care Ethics (3 credits)
9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday

How to register

Register for the summer session of HCE 3020: Foundations in Catholic Health Care Ethics (cross-listed with THEO 3930) through the St. Louis campus using Banner.

For non-slu students please reach out to our Study Abroad Team for how to register.


Your tuition for this course will be charged at the same rate you normally pay per credit hour.

Housing, meals, travel and fees

$ (rates are still being configured), which includes:

  • Housing for the three weeks (based on double occupancy)
  • Breakfast
  • GeoBlue travel and medical insurance
  • The classroom fee in Ireland

Students should sign up here and more details will follow with where to submit your payment. Non-SLU students interested in the class should also sign up here.


  • Additional meals (lunch and dinner) cost approximately 10 at the restaurants, coffee shops and pubs located within a short-walking distance
  • Students need to arrange their own flights to Dublin Airport.

For more information on studying in Ireland through the Center for Health Care Ethics, contact Adrienne McCarthy at 314-977-1060 or Tobias Winright.