Where in the world does the GHI have programs?
Currently, students can participate in GHI programs that are active in:
The Study Abroad program supports each of these programs. Please visit the specific links above for more details.
We also have a large and well-established partner program in Kenya as well as emerging work in India and China, which has already involved student exchange. For more details on these programs please contact juan [dot] rios [at] hsc [dot] utah [dot] edu (Dr. DeVon Hale's office).
Ghana - our most active site
We have a very large number of programs in our flagship site in Ghana, including Public Health and Medical education. Please see Find a Program for more detail. If you want to be involved in these programs let us know.
If you are interested in studying in countries other than those shown above, please tell us.
Global Health Scholars
The Honors College, offers a program for students with a serious interest in Global Health: The Global Health Scholars Cohort is limited to 20 students who anticipate careers or want to make an impact on global health. This scholars program is based on the belief that students can learn best by confronting the same issue from multiple perspectives and can learn to think globally. Through an intellectual cohort or learning community experience, students can extend their concept of community to other parts of the world. The Global Health Scholars will do more than just study abroad More...
Financing Study Outside of the Country
Please see the Study Abroad site for information about Financing. As they have indicated, you should begin your financial planning as soon as you begin researching study abroad locations and programs. Keep in mind the funds/grants/loans you anticipate receiving. Don't forget to consider your spending habits, the cost of international airfare, and your additional travel and meal costs (if you plan to travel during your program). Download this printable Study Abroad Budget Worksheet to help you compare program costs.
Also, if you are interested in the credits, requirements, costs and next steps associated with study abroad - please visit the Study Abroad Program FAQs
Global Health student group
bryce [dot] snow [at] hsc [dot] utah [dot] edu (Bryce Snow)
Sally [dot] Tran [at] hsc [dot] utah [dot] edu (Sally Tran)
Ashlie [dot] Bernhisel [at] hsc [dot] utah [dot] edu (Ashlie Bernhisel)
Ryan [dot] Ernst [at] hsc [dot] utah [dot] edu (Ryan Ernst)
Matt [dot] Gunderson [at] hsc [dot] utah [dot] edu (Matthew Gunderson)
Meghan [dot] Woolley [at] hsc [dot] utah [dot] edu (Meghan Woolley)
mh [dot] morgan [at] hsc [dot] utah [dot] edu (Michael Morgan)
kasi [dot] goodwin [at] utah [dot] edu (Kasi Goodwin)
Stacey [dot] Cole [at] hsc [dot] utah [dot] edu (Stacey Cole)
Public Health Representative:
erin [dot] brown [at] utah [dot] edu (Erin Brown)
College of Pharmacy Representative
Kalpan [dot] Patel [at] pharm [dot] utah [dot] edu (Kalpan Patel)
Ty [dot] Dickerson [at] hsc [dot] utah [dot] edu (Ty Dickerson)
Learning about the Ghanaian health care system through clinical rotations, PA students serve at all levels of the local health care system. They are directly paired with health care providers from Ghana and see patients under the direction of the clinicians there. This provides a rich and unique exposure to the organization, functions and interrelationships between the different parts of a system of health care designed to serve a developing country. The US learners are in rural clinics, municipal hospitals as well as the regional hospital for the Brong Ahafo region. The clinical exposure is broad, providing care for diabetes, hypertension, sickle cell disease, HIV/AIDS, out patient, inpatient, as well as pediatric patients, and working with obstetrics, surgery, orthopedics, emergency room, and ophthalmology patients -to name a few. More...
All of the programs described above are available for Graduate Students participation. In addition, the following certificate can be attained.
Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CIGH)
For graduate students who are interested in adding a global health credential to their CV, the University of Utah is now offering a Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CIGH) which is granted by the The Division of Public Health in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.
The Global Health Certificate prepares graduate students to:
- Partner with other health professionals worldwide to tackle emerging global health issues
- Deal with health issues at home that have their origin in other countries and ensure that our population is protected with good health
- Learn from other health professionals across the world
For more information see the description and requirements of the program.
All of the programs described above are available for Medical Students participation.
Where can I do an international elective?
The GHI has established formal exchange sites where the quality of the exchange is more predictable and productive. Presently, Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) have been signed in:
- Eldoret, Kenya: in partnership with and under the direction of Moi Medical School/Indiana University
- Kumasi, Ghana: in partnership with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
- Haikou, China: in partnership with Hainan Medical College
- Baroda, India: (pending) in partnership with Baroda Medical College
- Other sites can be arranged. Contact the GHI and let us know your area of interest.
During which year of my training can I do an international elective?
The summer between MSI and MSII is a time that some students use for an international experience. A Spring break experience has been developed for students who are interested in an introductory international health experience. Senior medical students may arrange for clinical rotations ranging from 2 to 8 weeks.
What are the requirements?
- Registration with the Dean's office for an international rotation.
- Sign a release of liability form.
- A preceptor at the University of Utah who can help the student prepare for the rotation, evaluate the experience after the rotation and provide a pass/fail grade to the Dean's office.
- A preceptor at the exchange site who will be responsible for the activities and experience while at the site.
- A travel medicine consultation to provide immunizations and health information targeted for the exchange site.
- Evacuation insurance to use for emergencies.
Who do I contact about an international elective?
Contact juan [dot] rios [at] hsc [dot] utah [dot] edu (Dr. DeVon Hale's office).
How do I contact the GHI?
See our contact information.
Will I receive credit?
Senior students can receive week for week credit.
Can I Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CIGH)?
Absolutely. For more information download the description and requirements of the program.
For general University of Utah Student information.