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Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 353-5762
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  • Global Health Programs for Medical Students

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    Global Health is a field of study which addresses the health of people and populations in a global context. It involves mutual teaching, research and healthcare provision that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity worldwide. It examines the social determinants of health, addressing disparities including infectious and non-communicable disease issues, human rights as well as economic development, and policy and system issues.

    Medical students at the Carver College of Medicine have multiple ways to get involved with our Global Health Programs: on-campus courses, faculty-based seminars, special speaker opportunities, community-based electives and clerkships, faculty/alumni led sustained medical missions, student organizations (Global Medicine Society and Student Physicians for Human Rights), campus wide, national and international conference involvement, academic exchanges, joint degrees, internships and fellowships, medical Spanish program, and Global Health Distinction Track.

    Our global programs involvement has stretched us from our home city across the world. A sample of our activities from 2014-15 include:

    • the 2014 summer global health book discussion group
    • our new Niger Partnership initiative
    • a Fulbright Award to Katherine Ryken, M3 to pursue a year-long project in Bosnia & Herzegovina
    • programs with special speakers, including
      • Dr. John Lawrence from Médecins Sans Frontières on Ebola and West Africa
      • Dr. Denny and Mrs. Paula Lofstrum from the Zinga Pediatric Hospital in Tanzania (
      • Dr. Hans House and Mr. Doug Beardley on Quarantine and Human Rights 
    • M4 student participation in the MOST cleft palate repair medical mission (
    • 6 MD graduates with Global Health Distinction in the class of 2015!
    • 24 rising second year medical students pursing global health community based work during the summer of 2015 in sites as diverse as the US, Jamaica, Guatemala, Brazil, Gambia, Ghana, Niger, Tanzania, Vietnam, Palestine and Egypt
    • attendance and presentations at local, regional, national, and international conferences
    • new scholarship partners for medical students pursuing global health projects
    • and more!

     To explore how you can be involved, contact the Carver College of Medicine Global Health Programs office.