MD Program

Contact Global Programs

1187 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 353-5762
Fax: (319) 335-8643

  • Electives

    Elective courses are offered through the Office of Global Programs throughout the year. Three on campus courses are offered during the M1 year. To register, please email Stephanie Whitlock.


     050:281 Global Health Issue I 
    One credit elective.
    Monday 5:30-6:50 pm. First class session will be September 9.
    Topics include: Introduction to Global Health Issues; Health and Development, Social Determinants; Measuring Health and Disease; Healthcare as a human right; Humanitarian crisis response; Pandemics; Travel health; and health care systems. Completion of this course is a requirement of the Global Health Distinction Track. 

     050:285 Global Health Issues II
    One credit elective.
    Monday 5:30-6:50 pm First class session will be January 20.
    Topics discussed include: Health as a Human Right; Why is the Third World the Third World?; Healthcare in low resource settings; Vulnerable populations; and Career Development in global health. Global Health Issues I is a prerequisite to this course. Completion of this course is a requirement of the Global Health Distinction Track.

    050:287 Global Programs Seminar
    One credit elective. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.
    Tuesdays 4:30-5:20 pm. First class session will be September 2.
    2014 Fall semester topics will include: Surgical missions in developing countries; Ponseti work worldwide; Chikungunya: an emerging threat; Anesthesia in developing countries; Hemorrhagic fever viruses and the recent Ebola virus outbreak; Women's healh issues in Haiti; Oncology work in under-resourced nations; and more. 2015 Spring semester topics will include: Child abuse, neglect, and childhood adversity on a global scale; North American indigenous populations and social inequalities affecting health; Geographic patterns of disease using GIS; How to work with a philanthropy on global health-experience with the Gates Foundation; Advances in HIV-related research; Women's health and obstetric fistula; and more. This course may be repeated.

    Off-campus Global Individually Arranged Electives and Clerkships

    Students may pursue individually arranged summer electives and final year clerkships in global health.

    • 050:284 Global Cross Cultural Elective  PC Only (M1/M2 summer) Cannot be completed on a MAC. 
    • 050:282 Global Cross Cultural Clerkship PC Only (M4) MAC Form  (M4 Word Doc)

    To register for an off-campus elective, please email

    The minimum program length that will be considered for an individually arranged elective is four weeks. Global Programs offers opportunities across a range of settings including, in domestic community sites both in and outside of Iowa, and in international communities including but not limited to:

    • North America: Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, US, and West Indies 
    • South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela
    • Europe: Bosnia-Herzegovinia, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Scotland, Sweden, and Turkey 
    • Africa: Cameroon, East Africa, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Western Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Egypt
    • Asia: Cambodia, Cook Islands, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Israel, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Samoa, Thailand, and Vanuatu
    • Australia: Australia and New Guinea