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Sweden and Finland

Program Details

Students will have a unique opportunity to visit with key government, health care, education, entrepreneurial, and civic leaders in both Sweden and Finland in lecture format to learn, first hand, about the health care systems in these nations. They will visit with these officials "on site", able to see some of the best hospitals in the world, parliament, successful private business, and similar locations. Both Sweden and Finland have national health systems that provide care for all, but have their struggles. Students will be able to visit with officials who are open and honest about the good and not so good aspects of these systems. Their health systems have some similarities and differences to those of the U.S. This trip provides a unique opportunity to explore those differences, while enjoying the beauty of Scandinavia.

Selection Criteria:

All participants will either be at least 18 years old. They will need to be able to ride public transportation without problems, but will not be subject to extraordinary physical challenges.


  • Finland
  • Sweden

Program Dates:

May 27, 2017 – June 10, 2017


Cost: $2,950

Deposit: $500

Pay deposit and all payments to the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning in person or pay over the phone with a credit card at (801) 626-6600. Please, do not pay on campus, all payments need to be made at the Hurst Center.


May 27: Depart SLC
May 30 to June 1: Lectures from officials in Stockholm and tours of some of the sites
June 2: Day trip to Uppsala - Gustavianum, Old Uppsala
June 3: Depart on overnight ferry to Turku, Finland
June 5: Depart (train) for Helsinki, Finland
June 6 to June 8: Lectures and tours in and around Helsinki
June 9: Day trip to Jyvaskyla - visit with Finnish natives, sauna
June 10: Depart Helsinki and arrive in SLC

Academic Courses

Graduate students (must be admitted to MHA, MBA, or similar):

  • MHA 6360 - Comparative International Health Systems (3 Hours). Students must attend this course during Spring semester 2017
  • MHA 6830 - Directed Study (3 hours)

Undergraduate students:

  • HAS/CLS/DENT/PAR/HTHS/NRSG/RADT/REST 4850 - Study Abroad (4 hours)

Program Directors

Ken Johnson, PhD, FACHE, associate dean of the Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State. Dr. Johnson teaches MHA 6360 and has been an advisor to students working on individual study programs. He has many years of experience in health care administration and lived in Sweden along with Finland for two years. This would be the fourth study abroad trip to Sweden and Finland for Dr. Johnson. He already has the contacts in those countries with whom he works.

Trip Cancellations

If the trip is canceled, all participants will be refunded. Any refunds for withdrawals from the program will be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the recoverability of incurred costs and fees and according to the Continuing Education Policy. Once the group leaves all costs are non-refundable in their entirety. Dates & process may change. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of any such changes by staying in contact with the program director.

Any questions feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8155 or by calling the Continuing Education Office at (801) 626-6600.