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.

The application deadline for all Global Health Electives is October 2, 2017

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:

Starting August 1, 2017, email or drop off a copy of your Master application and supplemental materials to Andrea Patterson,, 104 Haven Ave, 11th Floor, Suite 1103.  We will send your application to the appropriate program liaison – do not send your application directly to the program. 

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, 2017; however, if additional funds are available after the deadline, proposals may be considered on a case by case basis by February 2017.

Your application must include:

  • Master application
  • Progran 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. 

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. P&S students will work with students from the Ben-Gurion University Medical School for International Health (BGU-MSIH) during these experiences. The clerkship generally runs from mid-January to end of February; participants must attend the required pre-departure orientation session at CUMC, date TBA. This particular application needs to be submitted by August 15, 2017.

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.

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 Alemana
Dominican Republic
  • Universidad Nacional de Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU) - One-month elective periods. Stipend provided, may or may not cover all travel costs.
  • 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, 2017.

P&S students are eligible for funding through several travel grants. Funding may or may not cover all expenses. To apply, please download the application(s) from CourseWorks > Projects > P&S Global Health Opportunities > Files and Resources > Funding (

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

Global Health Questions
Please direct any questions about this process and other topics to UserVoice ( One of our team members will respond within 72 hours.