The following study abroad programs incorporate global health themed coursework, internships, and/or research opportunities. All offer courses that may be approved as Global Health Studies Certificate Electives, Global Health Studies B.A. Capstone or Perspectives and Practices courses, or Global Health Studies B.S. Perspectives and Practices courses.
The programs that are 6 - 8 weeks or longer can also be considered for approval for the Global Health Project which is required only for the Global Health Studies Certificate.
Consult the Global Health Studies academic advisor about pre-approval of credit toward the Global Health Studies major or certificate from courses, internships and/or research completed abroad, or use the online Global Health Studies petition form.
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 and staff in the Study Abroad Resource Room (located in the Study Abroad Office, 1111 University Capitol Centre).
Programs to Consider for the Global Health Project
Programs to Consider for GHS Elective, Capstone, or Perspectives and Practices
PROGRAMS TO CONSIDER FOR THE GLOBAL HEALTH PROJECT (6 - 8 WEEKS OR LONGER). THESE MAY ALSO BE APPLIED TOWARD GHS ELECTIVES, CAPSTONE, OR PERSPECTIVES AND PRACTICES REQUIREMENTS.
USAC San Ramón 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 “Women’s Health: Global Health and Human Rights”). Internships (which require a minimum of four semesters of college Spanish) are in Spanish-speaking environments such as local hospitals, pharmacies, NGOs, 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.
Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)
Semester or Academic Year
MSID programs in 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 GHS ELECTIVE, CAPSTONE OR PERSPECTIVES AND PRACTICES CREDIT (LESS THAN 6 WEEKS)
While the programs below do not fulfill the Global Health Project requirement for the certificate because they are less than six 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.
A Global Health Studies student during the India Winterim study abroad program
India Winterim (Various cities in India)
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.
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.
International Perspectives: Xicotepec (Xicotepec, Mexico)
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 during the 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.