Students who are completing the Global Health Studies certificate must complete an international experience during which they address an important Global Health issue in a systematic way. Typically this is done in an international setting, and eight weeks is considered the optimal amount of time to meet this requirement. The international experience may be completed as part of a study abroad program, a service learning course, an internship, a volunteer experience, or as an independent research project.
The following study abroad programs incorporate Global Health-themed coursework, internships, and/or research opportunities. Those that are 8 weeks or longer can be considered for approval for the Global Health Studies International Experience. Those that are less than 8 weeks cannot be approved for the International Experience, but offer courses that may be approved as Global Health Studies Certificate electives.
While we suggest that you first consider the recommended programs below, feel free to also 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).
Programs to Consider for the International Experience
Programs to Consider for GHS Elective Credit
PROGRAMS TO CONSIDER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE (8 WEEKS OR LONGER)
The following programs can be considered for approval for the Global Health Studies International Experience. Contact the Global Health Studies Program academic advisor to further discuss the approval process.
CET: Public Health & Service Learning in Ho Chi Minh City
Fall, Spring Summer
Students take multidisciplinary courses (taught in English), that contextualize their hands-on experiences, and conduct international development/public health service-learning projects at local philanthropic organizations.
USAC Community Health Science Programs (San Ramón, Costa Rica)
Semester or Academic Year
Courses in the Life and Health Sciences and Culture Studies program are taught in Spanish and English (and include “Health Disparities and Promotion in Diverse Populations”). Internships (which require a minimum of four semesters of college Spanish) are in Spanish-speaking environments such as local hospitals, pharmacies, NGO’s, community/ educational centers and municipal health offices.
CIEE Summer Community Public Health
Programs in Argentina, Botswana, Dominican Republic and Thailand combine coursework (on issues that developing nations face in providing sustainable healthcare), with a community service practicum (during which students work in government sponsored clinics or other public health-focused non-governmental organizations), or field research (guided by local public health practitioners and academics).
SIT Study Abroad: Global Health
Fall, Spring, Summer
SIT Study Abroad global health programs combine classroom instruction and field study in a variety of locations in Africa, Latin America, China, India, Jordan, and Switzerland. Students advance from a structured learning environment (i.e., an interdisciplinary seminar with field-based activities, and a research methods course), to an independent field-based research project on a global health topic of their choice. Some projects may include community volunteering or a guided practicum experience.
Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)
Experiential learning in international development is the core of the GESI program (which places students in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Uganda, Dominican Republic, India and South Africa). The program combines a pre-departure learning summit with a two-month internship during which student teams work with local community leaders on small scale international development/ social justice projects.
Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)
Semester or Academic Year
MSID programs in Kenya, Senegal, Ecuador, India, and Thailand provide students direct contact with social and economic realities of communities through classes (7 weeks), field trips, and research or an internship (6 weeks). Internship placement will be with an agency engaged in grassroots work related to your topic (such as women’s groups, small business development, environmental protection, sustainable agriculture, and public health).
PROGRAMS TO CONSIDER FOR ELECTIVE CREDIT (LESS THAN 8 WEEKS)
The courses offered in the following programs may be approved as Global Health Studies Certificate electives by petitioning the Global Health Studies Program. (The Course Petition Form is here.) 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. All of the following programs are led by UI faculty.
Austin, Jeff, Alyx, and Gigi at a local hospital in India
India Winterim (Various Cities)
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 (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
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.
International Perspectives: Xicotepec
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.