Global Health Elective Opportunities


If you are an international student who is seeking a clinical elective at Columbia University, please visit the International Visiting Students page.

P&S students are offered a variety of clinical and public health international electives through:

  • P&S global health exchange programs (See table below);
  • Ben Gurion University of the Negev - Medical School for International Health (BGU-MSIH);
  • International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Program (ICAP);
  • International Family AIDS Program (IFAP)/La Romana; 
  • World Wide Orphans (WWO);
  • Millennium Villages Project (MVP).

P&S students should submit their application(s), found on the  Global Health Electives CourseWorks site, for all programs to The Office of Medical Education will then transfer your application to the program specific contact. Please do not send it directly to the program.

The application deadline for all Global Health Electives is October 1, 2014

If you are still interested in applying for an exchange program after this date, please email as soon as possible. Some programs may have more flexible deadlines.

Your application should include:

  • 2014-2015 Global Health Elective Application Form (**Required for ALL sites)
  • Program specific application (Please see CourseWorks if a seperate application exists)
  • Brief CV
  • Transcript
  • Immunization Record from Student Health
  • Any additional materials required for the program specific application

Program Details

Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) - Medical School for International Health (MSIH): P&S students may participate in two-month global health clerkships in developing countries sponsored by an exchange program between BGU-MSIH and Columbia University. Students work in small groups with BGU students, local medical school faculty, and health practitioners in clinical settings of developing countries and on community health projects. Housing is provided, and students must participate for a minimum of two months. BGU-MSIH counts as “home.”

International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Program (ICAP): This program is a public health, non-clinical experience for Columbia students in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Swaziland and other African countries. Students work with a healthcare team on public health projects in AIDS/TB prevention, transmission, and treatment. Some exposure to clinical care may be included. ICAP counts as “home.”

International Family AIDS Program(IFAP)/ La Romana: This clinical course focuses on the complex needs of HIV-infected children and their families in resource-poor settings in the Dominican Republic. More information can be found in the P&S Electives Catalog ( under the GH02D code.

World Wide Orphans (WWO): The Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO), focuses on the medical, developmental, and psychological challenges for orphans and vulnerable children, with an emphasis on the treatment of HIV-infected orphans and the training/mentoring of healthcare professionals in developing countries involved in HIV/AIDS pediatric treatment. Opportunities may be available in countries such as Ethiopia, Bulgaria, and Vietnam, but are subject to availability and review. More information can be found in the P&S Electives Catalog ( under the GH03E code.

Millennium Villages Project (MVP): This program is a public health, non-clinical experience for Columbia students only. Students are placed in a rural village setting of an underdeveloped country in Africa that lacks basic health and disease prevention infrastructure. They work with a team surveying health-related needs and implementing infrastructure for healthcare delivery, health education, and disease prevention. MVP counts as “home.” More information can be found here.

Global Health Exchange Program (by country) - Count as "away" electives.

P&S maintains student exchange programs with 27 international medical schools/sites. These clinical electives are arranged through the P&S Office of Medical Education and count as "home" electives. A maximum of four students per academic year are permitted for each, individual affiliation.

Country School/Site


Dominican Republic
  • Universidad Nacional de Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU) - One-month elective periods.
  • University of Heidelberg - One- and two-month electives may be arranged during the Spring. Fluency in German required. No stipend.
Hong Kong
South Korea

Funding Applications
Applications for international travel funding opportunities are available on the Global Health Electives CourseWorks site.

All applications for funding are due November 1, 2014.

Any questions about these processes should be directed to Scholarly Projects are not eligible for the Lattes, Rosenbluth, or Brown funding opportunities. Please email for Scholarly Project funding opportunities.