While the Global Health Certificate generally requires that your international experience  be at least eight weeks long, you are encouraged to participate in semester and yearlong programs if your schedule allows it.
If you are fulfilling your international experience by completing an internship or research project abroad, it is highly recommended that you also participate in a study abroad program that will provide you with the resources necessary to navigate an unfamiliar country and culture.
While we suggest that you look at the recommended programs below, feel free to browse the programs database  on our website and/or consult materials in the Study Abroad Resource Room (located in the Study Abroad Office, 1111 University Capitol Centre).
The following programs can be approved for the Global Health Studies Certificate International Experience:
The University of Iowa’s ‘Dominican Republic: Health, Nutrition and Environmental Issues’ program is a cultural immersion program that provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to study a broad range of topics related to public health, nutrition, education, human rights, Caribbean/Latin American culture, and Spanish language through interdisciplinary, field-based studies.
To search for other Global-Health-themed study abroad programs that may satisfy the Global Health Studies certificate International Experience requirements, visit UI Study Abroad in 1111 UCC.
The courses offered in the following programs can be petitioned for possible approval as Global Health Studies Certificate electives. While the programs do not fulfill the International Experience requirement because they are less than eight weeks long, they are recommended as opportunities to begin exploration of Global Health Studies in an international setting. These programs are also excellent opportunities to establish contacts and become familiar with the culture of an area where you’re interested in conducting research or completing an internship.
Various cities, India
The India Winterim is an intensive, three-week field-based program that provides students with the opportunity to learn from and directly interact with leading social entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions within India’s diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical mosaic. Each course is based in or near one of several cities throughout India. This program is designed for undergraduate students, graduate students, and community members with related interests and experience.
Child Life Experiential Learning Program  (UI Faculty-Led Travel)
Cape Town, South Africa
This program is a three-week faculty-led course based in Cape Town, South Africa. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Red Cross Children's Hospital, Maitland Cottage Home, and the Sarah Fox Convalescent Hospital. Students interested in health and child life are welcome to participate, regardless of major or skill level.
Study Abroad Experience in Great Britain  (UI Faculty-Led Travel)
Every other spring break
The University of Iowa, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-La Crossee, offers a study experience in Great Britain every two years during Spring Break. It carries 2 s.h. of undergraduate or graduate credit. CEUs are also available through La Crosse.
The overall purpose of this popular study tour to Great Britain is to foster health-related linkages and partnerships between the United States and the UK. The tour provides an overview of the health care system offered through the National Health Service (NHS) and other providers in Great Britain and a comparison with the systems of health care delivery in the United States. It also provides an overview of health education and health promotion strategies in Great Britain and connects participants with key cultural aspects of Great Britain that have health-related impacts.
The program is led by Dr. Christopher Squier of the University of Iowa and by Dr. Gary D. Gilmore of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
This is a three credit hour, interdisciplinary, service-learning course co-sponsored by the University of Iowa and District 6000 of Rotary International. Students enroll in International Perspectives spring semester and travel to Mexico over spring break. In collaboration with Rotarians and local community members, students will work in teams to develop and execute discipline-specific projects that address community-identified needs.