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/M2 years. To register, please email Stephanie Whitlock.


     050:281 Global Health Issue I 
    One credit elective.
    Monday 5:30-6:50 pm.
    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.
    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.
    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 (M1/M2 summer) PC Only - Cannot be completed on a MAC.
    • 050:282 Global Cross Cultural Clerkship PC Only (M4) MAC Form  (M4 Word Doc)

    Please email to register for an off-campus elective.

    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 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