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Global Health, Independently Organized Programs
Program Terms: Summer
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Global Health, Independently Organized Programs 

Global Health minor students traveling abroad to complete their Field Experience requirements through independently organized programs. This includes all students who are not fulfilling their Field Experience requirement through the official Cornell Global Health summer programs, listed below:

  • Cornell Global Health Program in Moshi, Tanzania

  • Weill-Bugando Summer Program in Mwanza, Tanzania

  • Cornell Global Health Program in Lusaka, Zambia

  • ILR SVYM Global Service Learning Program in Mysore, India


  • At least 8 weeks of active engagement (living, studying and/or working in a resource poor setting) in a health-related field. This 8 week period does not include travel time to and from the country.

  • Meet with the Global Health Program Associate Director to discuss your ideas regarding the field experience and attend a Health & Safety Seminar and a Culture, Diversity and Ethics Seminar

  • Complete this Global Health Field Experience Proposal and submit both an electronic copy via Studio Abroad and a hard copy to the Global Health Program office at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

  • Complete all other required forms electronically via Studio Abroad:

    • Check for Travel Warning
    • Global Health Agreement/Release Form
    • Global Health Undergraduate Student Standards of Conduct for International Travel
    • Global Health Travel Safety Proposal
    • Verification of Health Insurance Coverage
    • Global Health - Immunization Record
    • Personal Emergency Plan for Traveling Abroad
  • Provide travel dates and US and in-country emergency contact information to Global Health Program Office electronic database

  • Receive approval from the Global Health Program Office prior to departure

After returning to Cornell, you are required to:

  • Submit a final report documenting your experiences and observations during the field experience

  • Present a travel retrospective of no more than 15 minutes in length, including slides and narration, highlighting your experience

  • Submit 5 photos and a ~250 word description for the Cornell Global Health website


Summer internship and volunteer experience, semester-long study abroad experience:


  • Broaden global perspective and deepen skills in critical thinking

  • Learn how to ask challenging questions about global health priorities and health interventions

  • Develop language skills

  • Develop cross-cultural skills

  • Learn to listen to the multiple voices of people in local communities

  • Develop an understanding of the institutions with which you are working

  • Develop professional relationship with country host and staff

  • Be useful to the host country organization – produce a useful project

  • Have the opportunity to see the emergence of “health stories”

  • Go beyond just being an observer to a participant

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Summer 2018 Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.