Global Health Certificate students are highly encouraged to conduct a research project abroad as part of their required international experience . Global Health Studies research projects can involve a variety of research methods. Past projects have focused on sickle cell anemia in Uganda, traditional and modern medicine in Madagascar, community health benefits in Ecuador, and more. All students completing research projects abroad work closely with their Global Health Studies faculty mentor. For more advice about developing a project, where to complete it, and how to make international contacts, consult the Director of the Global Health Studies Program, Dr. Christopher Squier .
Global Health Certificate students interested in conducting scholarly research abroad are encouraged to apply for a Stanley Award  to fund their project. Stanley Awards can be used to fund both independent research as well as projects completed in conjunction with a study abroad program. All Global Health students will be advised about the application process for the Stanley Award in 152:150 Research Design in Global Health (offered in the fall semester only).
Because it can be difficult to navigate life in an international setting, it is recommended that you travel abroad via a UI-sponsored or other accredited program that will provide you with basic infrastructural support (e.g. housing, access to public transportation, embassy contact, etc.). Many study abroad programs incorporate research and internship components. It’s also possible to use your time in a program to establish contacts and familiarize yourself with the culture of the area, then return to complete an internship or research project.