New study abroad program focuses on post-conflict mental health

Northwestern undergrads study health in transition in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

December 01, 2016 | By Erin Karter

EVANSTON - With the creation of a new study abroad program, Northwestern University undergraduates have a rare opportunity to learn about the collective psychological impacts of war and how communities, once at odds, hope to heal.

The program, which kicked off during the summer quarter, introduces students to the healthcare systems of the former Yugoslavia, where post-conflict mental health services first emerged as a component of humanitarian aid. 

“For those interested in post-conflict countries, this is an incredible opportunity to learn firsthand about the process of rebuilding political and social connections between opposing communities,” said Peter Locke, the architect of the new study abroad program and an assistant professor of instruction in the department of anthropology.