Global Health Programs

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. 

Through the IFAP Global Health Program, founded by Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas in 1999, the IFAP Abroad initiative, facilitates the involvement of students across all four schools of CUMC in global health experiences and research projects. Students are matched with partnering international organizations to complete research projects, program planning & evaluation projects, and clinical rotations, while experiencing the language and culture of their host country firsthand. Some of IFAP’s international partner sites are located in the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Mexico, Haiti, as well as many other countries. IFAP Abroad also supports the One Year Global Health Scholars Program, Global Health Scholarly Projects, a MD/MS dual degree initiative and Senior Research or Clinical Electives for P&S students. Students are supported through a global health pre-departure preparation, in-field support, and a post-return closure process. 
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
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.
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.


Dígame Summer Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program
This 8-week summer program allows students to study medical Spanish for three hours each morning, followed by a variety of clinical, health education, service learning and cultural immersion activities. These activities allow students to practice Spanish in clinical and nonclinical settings within Latin American communities throughout Washington Heights.

Ni hao Summer Chinese Language and Cultural Immersion Program
This summer program is designed to improve students’ medical Chinese and their understanding of theoretical and practical issues in cultural competency through afternoon placements in clinical settings. Students also participate in weekly discussions of general Chinese arts and culture, and field trips to community, clinical, and cultural sites throughout New York City. 
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. For more information on Global Health Opportunities in the D&I curriculum, please visit:
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.