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Health Professional Students Education Opportunities

Human and veterinary medicine. Public health, physician assistant, physical therapy and pharmacy. Those are some of the health professions students who look to the UW-Madison Global Health Institute for international health experiences. Students engage in unique supervised activities. Working with university and local mentors, they discover a rich learning experience that can change the course of their career — and their lives.

Have Questions? Email globalhealth@ghi.wisc.edu or call 608-262-3862.

Graduate • Professional Certificate in Global Health

The Graduate • Professional Certificate in Global Health is designed for graduate and professional students (typically in the health sciences) who are:

  • Concerned about global health and strengthening health systems
  • Ready to collaborate with underserved communities in Wisconsin and across the world
  • Interested in understanding health and disease through multiple and complex lenses

The 9-credit certificates give students an opportunity to broaden their experience and develop marketable skills to work with diverse communities.

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Graduate Interdisciplinary Field Courses

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These two- to three- week field courses allow graduate and health science professional students to explore community health in international settings under the leadership of UW faculty. They fulfill the field experience requirement for the Certificate in Global Health or for the Path of Distinction in Public Health. Field courses are available in:

  • Ecuador
  • Thailand
  • Uganda

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Medical Spanish

The course is offered for 10 weeks, one semester each year, in two sections— intermediate and advanced medical Spanish. The curriculum focuses on pertinent medical vocabulary for clinical histories and physical exams, with practice scenarios related to each profession in a highly interactive small group format. Native Spanish speakers from the Madison area serve as standardized teaching patients for clinical scenarios. The course also includes information about cultural practices unique to the Hispanic community and working with interpreters.

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