Global Health Student Experience

Senior Year Experiential Learning

For the entire fall semester of their senior year, students complete Global Health Research and Practice: An Experiential Learning Course. Placements are currently offered in Tanzania, Ghana, Mexico, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Japan, Australia, Peru, Alaska and West Virginia.

This immersive course is designed for undergraduate students studying global health to gain firsthand experience with a host site’s health care system and to develop an in-depth understanding of the challenges of providing culturally sensitive services. It also provides the opportunity to strengthen soft skills critical to global health, such as cultural sensitivity, teamwork, critical thinking, self-awareness, and a deeper appreciation of inequities in power and privilege. Students are expected to engage with and support the work of the host organization and work for the benefit of the local population. 

A student strikes a pose in a snowy landscape

While completing her senior year experiential learning course in Alaska with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaina Anderson trekked to the Matanuska Glacier.

Student Volunteer Research Assistantships

Faculty conduct independent research projects on which students can volunteer to assist. To apply, please email the faculty member listed on the projects at the link below.

Explore opportunities here

Research by Our Students

Academic Publications

Recent Student Research News Stories

Leo Shih

Student Spotlight

Leo Shih

Meet School of Health student Leo Shih, a sophomore with a major in Global Health and a minor in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs.

January 31, 2024

Two people stand near a glacial lake with a glacier in the background

News Story

School of Health Students Practice Community-Led Approach to Health With Alaska Natives

When considering global health challenges, practitioners in the field often say “what’s global is local” and vice versa. This fall, Alaina Anderson (H’24) and Seareen Maaita (H’24), both studying global health, took this theory with them while interning for 15 weeks with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

November 9, 2023

Iman Ibrahim

News Story

Global Health Student’s Interest in Migrant Health Motivated by Personal Experiences

(October 6, 2023) — Receiving the David F. Andretta Summer Research Fellowship gave Iman Ibrahim (H’24), a global health major with a minor in Arabic, the opportunity to spend five weeks in…

October 6, 2023