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.
CIEE Community Public Health Programs
These programs combine coursework (on issues that global communities face in addressing the social determinants of health), 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).
CIEE Buenos Aires Community Public Health Program (Argentina)
* Advanced level Spanish is required.
CIEE Gaborone Community Public Health Program (Botswana)
CIEE Khon Kaen Community Public Health Program (Thailand)
CIEE Santiago de los Caballeros Community Public Health Program (Dominican Republic)
IES Cape Town Health Studies (South Africa)
Students learn about the South African effort to deliver health care effectively to the country’s urban and rural residents through a combination of classroom lectures and observational experiences.
IES London and Jamaica Health Practice and Policy (United Kingdom and Jamaica)
While based in London, students will take courses at both local universities and at the IES center focusing on health care systems. An extended excursion to Kingston, Jamaica is included and offers an opportunity to study and compare the British and Jamaican health care systems.
IES Santiago Health Studies (Chile)
All classes are taught in Spanish and proficiency in Spanish is required. This program includes 80 hours of observership which can focus on either clinical observation (in hospital and clinic settings) or community health observation (in non-profit organization settings).
MHIRT International Research Internship Program
UI-affiliated, for-credit summer internships funded by the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research and Training (MHIRT) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)
These programs provide students direct contact with social and economic realities of communities through classes (seven weeks), field trips, and research or an internship (six 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, or public health).
Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) Ecuador
* Advanced level Spanish is required.
Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) Thailand
Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) Senegal
* Advanced level French is required.
SIT Study Abroad Programs
These global health programs combine classroom instruction and field study in a variety of locations. 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.
SIT Argentina Public Health in Urban Environments
* Spanish language proficiency is required.
SIT Brazil Public Health, Race, and Human Rights
SIT Chile Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment
* Advanced level Spanish is required.
SIT China Community Health
SIT India Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community
SIT India Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Practices
SIT Jordan Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action
SIT Madagascar Traditional Medicine & Healthcare Systems
SIT Multi-Country Programs
SIT South Africa Community Health and Social Policy
SIT Switzerland Global Health and Development Policy
USAC San Ramón Program (San Ramón, Costa Rica)
Courses in the Life and Health Sciences and Culture Studies program are taught in Spanish and English. 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.
USAC Reggio Emilia Program (Reggio Emilia, Italy)
The Reggio Emilia program is ideal for students interested in studying Italian language, education, communications, and health issues in a charming, midsize city in north-central Italy.
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 are interested in conducting research or completing an internship. All of the following programs are led by UI faculty.
Child Life Experiential Learning Program (Cape Town, South Africa)
This summer 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.
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.
International Perspectives: Xicotepec (Xicotepec, Mexico)
This is a three credit hour, interdisciplinary, spring break 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. For more information, visit the program's website and talk to a study abroad advisor.