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, including but not limited to:

  • 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).

The application deadline for all Global Health Electives is October 1, 2015

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.

To Submit Your Application:

1. Complete the P&S Global Health Survey in OASIS (Available July 13, 2015 at 5pm). Applications will not be accepted without the completed survey prior to August 1, 2015.

2. Starting August 1, 2015, email or drop off a copy of your application materials to Andrea Patterson,, PS 3-401, 212-305-4028.

Creating a Global Health Away Elective
There is no deadline for creating a self-arranged elective at a global site - but if you are self-arranging a global elective, that means you are not attending one of programs/exchanges listed below. However, you will need to be sure there is enough time for Dr. Mellman to approve your self-arranged global health elective before you start making any travel arrangements. Students will not receive credit for self-arranged global health electives if they are not approved at least one month prior to departure. Any self-arranged electives at global sites will count as "time away." Please note the deadline for funding is November 1, 2015; however, if additional funds are available after the deadline, proposals may be considered on a case by case basis by February 2016.

Your application must include:

  • Submission of the P&S Global Health Survey (in OASIS)
  • Program-specific application (Where Available)
  • Brief CV
  • Transcript
  • Immunization Record from Student Health
  • Any additional materials required for the program specific application

*Program-specific applications will be found in the Files & Resources tab in the Applications folder. Updated applications for 2015-2016 will be posted to CourseWorks starting August 1, 2015.

Program Details

Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) - Medical School for International Health (MSIH): The global health clinical clerkship is a structured two-month clerkship that takes place in the developing regions and/or diverse communities of the world. The 2014-2015 sites were located in India, Sri Lanka, Israel, and Peru (working with indigenous populations). P&S students will work with students from the Ben-Gurion University Medical School for International Health (BGU-MSIH) during these experiences. This year’s clerkship will run from January 10th to March 2nd, 2015; participants must attend the required pre-departure orientation session at CUMC, date TBA. BGU-MSIH counts as “home.”

International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Program (ICAP): ICAP is a public health, largely non-clinical experience for Columbia students in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and other developing African countries. Students work with a healthcare team on public health projects in AIDS/TB prevention, transmission and treatment. 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.

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.

Millennium Villages Project (MVP): MVP is a public health, non-clinical experience for Columbia students. Students may be 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 health care delivery, health education and disease prevention. Please visit for more information.

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

P&S maintains student exchange programs with 26 international medical schools/sites. These clinical electives are arranged through the P&S Office of Medical Education. A maximum of four students per academic year are permitted for each, individual affiliation.

Country School/Site


  • Clinica Indisa - One-month elective periods during the Spring. Eligible for travel grant funding.
Dominican Republic
  • Universidad Nacional de Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU) - One-month elective periods. No application required for funding.
  • University of Heidelberg - One- and two-month electives may be arranged during the Spring. Fluency in German required. No stipend.
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras - Eligible for travel grant funding.
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, 2015.

P&S students are eligible for funding through several travel grants. To apply, please download the application(s) from CourseWorks > Projects > P&S Global Health Opportunities > Files and Resources > Funding ( **Updated application forms for 2015-2016 will be posted starting August 1, 2015.

Scholarly Projects are not eligible for the Lattes, Rosenbluth, or Brown funding opportunities. Please email for Scholarly Project funding opportunities.

Global Health Questions
Please contact for any assistance.