Medical Student Global Health Education Opportunities

Graduate • Professional Certificate in Global Health

The Graduate • Professional Certificate in Global Health program is designed to advance the knowledge and capabilities of learners with interests in global health. The certificate is available to graduate students and students in a professional degree program (typically in the health sciences). Regardless of the student population served, the overall curriculum, educational benchmarks, and learning objectives are the same. Learn more »

M1 Summer Experiences

Medical students who have completed their M1 year and are in good academic standing are encouraged to seek out meaningful experiences during the following summer. GHI and the School of Medicine and Public Health offer several options:

Graduate Interdisciplinary Field Courses

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. Learn more>>

Service-Learning in Guatemala

The Guatemala service-learning experience is coordinated through San Lucas Mission and gives SMPH students and faculty an opportunity to work in satellite clinics. Work is completed in close partnership with local health promoters to provide sustainable care that meets each community’s specific needs. Learn more>>

M1 Summer Independent Research

Both the Shapiro Summer Research Program and the Summer Research & Clinical Assistantship Program (SRCA) offer international opportunities. Learn more>>

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M3/M4 International Clerkships

Third and fourth year medical students in good academic standing can spend one to eight weeks at a clinical site outside of the United States. These enriching experiences are available to students who have completed their clinical clerkships in primary care, medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology.

Students generally provide primary or specialty care in communities, outpatient clinics and/or hospitals settings. They can also work in public health, prevention and health education.

Students are placed based on their interest and language capability as well as the availability of supervised sites.

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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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