Changing Lives Around the World
Our Global Health Programs
Global Health Scholars Program
Students accepted into the Global Health Scholars Program (GHSP) take two immersive trips to one of our partner sites:
The first trip is primarily an introduction to the community, during which you’ll develop a community health project. During the second trip, occurring in your senior year, you’ll participate in clinical care at the same location.
You’ll receive pre-trip safety sessions, in-country medical education specific to the site, and several sessions by our faculty on global- and community health-related issues. About a quarter of first-year students apply, and 80 percent of those are typically accepted.
Electives in Global Health & Underserved Populations
As a fourth-year medical student , you’ll have the opportunity to take electives that will give you experience caring for underserved populations, including those in other countries.
Previous electives have included:
Pediatric cardiology in Guayaquil, Ecuador
This program offers fourth-year students the ability to start a Pediatric Cardiology elective in Hershey and finish with two weeks participating in an open heart surgery mission at Children's Hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Indian Health Service work in Cherokee, North Carolina
This is an opportunity for fourth-year students to work with a unique, underserved domestic population, engaging with a tribe that has rich history and culture, and working with a interdisciplinary team that uses an embedded model with home-based care and social support services.
Global Health Resources
Connect with Global Health
- Facebook: Global Health at Penn State College of Medicine
- Program Details: See global health information for current MD students and current MPH students
- Email: Global Health Center Director N. Benjamin Fredrick, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Global Health Center Manager Brian Bennett, MEd, at email@example.com
- Phone: 717-531-0003, ext. 281253 (N. Benjamin Fredrick) or 717-531-0003, ext. 284454 (Brian Bennett)