Global Health Programs

GLOBAL HEALTH IN THE SUMMER AFTER FIRST YEAR (for P&S students only)
P&S sponsors several global health programs and provides funding for selected students during the summer after first year, particularly in resource poor countries. The programs are described below. Modest funding through P&S is also available to selected P&S students participating in research or for service projects they have initiated in developing countries.

Dígame Summer Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program
This program consists of conversational medical Spanish class for three hours each morning, followed by a variety of clinical, health education, service-learning, community health research, and cultural immersion activities in the afternoon that would allow students to practice their Spanish and immerse themselves in the Dominican community in the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods.
 
IFAP Global Health Program
The IFAP Global Health Program, founded by Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas in 1999, supports summer internships, scholarly projects, clinical elective rotations, and extended research opportunities in the Dominican Republic (DR) for students, trainees, and practitioners of medicine, public health, nursing, and dentistry. IFAP introduced the first AIDS treatment in the Dominican Republic to prevent mother-to-baby HIV transmission (1999), started the first family AIDS clinic in the country (2004), and has broadened its scope of services beyond HIV to include primary care for high-risk women (2006) and prenatal care for pregnant adolescents (2008). IFAP also sponsors Spanish language and Latino cultural immersion in the DR and, during the summer, in Washington Heights, with the goal of teaching skills that will improve the provision of health care for Spanish-speaking immigrants. 
 
ICAP is a largely non-clinical experience sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health. ICAP provides clerkship opportunities for Columbia University medical students to gain on-site experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Information about the application process and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the ICAP website
 
Contact:
Krystyna Cukrowski
kc17@columbia.edu
 
Millennium Villages Project
Through the Columbia University Earth Institute and Professor Jeffrey Sachs’ Millennium Villages Project, first-year students who are interested in the intersection between health and development may rotate to the Millennium Village sites across sub-Sahara Africa. Students visit rural villages of an underdeveloped country that lacks basic health and disease prevention infrastructure. They work with a team surveying health-related needs and implementing infrastructure for health care delivery, health education, and disease prevention.

Contact:
Krystyna Cukrowski
kc17@columbia.edu

Ben Gurion University in the Negev - Medical School for International Health (MSIH)
P&S first-year students may take a summer rotation and fourth-year students may pursue electives with Ben Gurion University’s Medical School for International Health in Beer Sheva, Israel. Fourth-year students may also take a two-month elective at one of the MSIH international clinical sites, which in the past have included India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, and Sri Lanka. These are structured, eight-week, international clerkships with a small group of MSIH students working under the supervision of local, MSIH-approved preceptors. Access the application here.

Contact:
Krystyna Cukrowski
kc17@columbia.edu
 
Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU)
Up to six students, provided with room and board, will participate in clinical shadowing in a variety of hospital settings, take Spanish language classes and live with a selected local family for six weeks in Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic.  
 
Contact:
Krystyna Cukrowski
kc17@columbia.edu

GLOBAL HEALTH ELECTIVES IN D&I (for P&S students only)
P&S students are allowed to take up to three months away from P&S for electives in the D&I senior portion of the curriculum, including for global health clinical and/or research electives.

SCHOLARLY PROJECT IN GLOBAL HEALTH TRACK (for P&S students only)
P&S students select a four-month scholarly project from six designated areas of concentration, including Global Health. Our Scholarly Opportunities Database provides a comprehensive and searchable list of projects, mentors, and funding resources. In addition, the AAMC's Clinical and Research Opportunities website provides a list of fellowships, internships, summer programs, scholarships, and grants currently available in the United States and abroad.