Perspectives on Global Health in the 21st Century Part I: Medical Tourism. Interdisciplinary Summer School

Perspectives on Global Health in the 21st Century Part I: Medical Tourism. Interdisciplinary Summer School

Institute of the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Ulm
Villa Eberhardt
From - Until
16.07.2012 - 29.07.2012
Frank Kressing

Medical travel has become an aspect of global health that has gained enormous importance and has been established as a world-wide industry. As a result, medical tourism emerged as a broadly defined concept covering ‘global outsourcing’ of health services as health care for ‘first world patients’ in ‘third world countries’ – or vice versa. In an attempt to broaden this prevailing definition of medical tourism, this summer course will focus on historical, ethnographic, cultural, spiritual, and economic aspects of medical tourism. Globalized health care is thus a topic that does not only interest physicians, health service managers or economists, but also historians, ethnographers, anthropologists in the widest sense, biologists and media experts.

Participants are asked to submit their CV in English (1-2 pages), to provide a brief outline explaining their motivation to participate in the summer school (restricted to 500 words), and to submit an abstract (not more than 600 words) concerning the topic they are prepared to talk about during the course.

All participants will receive a certification testifying their participation in the course. For a successful completion of the summer school and a qualified certification, a short presentation and a written test in global health issues will be required.

The summer school will be generously funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


According to this expanded approach, the course will comprise the following topics:

1. An extended definition of medical tourism
2. Medical tourism as transfer between and within cultures
3. Historical dimensions of medical tourism
4. Ethical and economical considerations

Contact (announcement)

Frank Kressing

Institut fuer Geschichte, Theorie und Ethik der Medizin, Universität Ulm, Frauensteige 6, D89075 Ulm