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Learning Abroad in Medicine, Public Health & Health Sciences

Learning Abroad in Medicine, Public Health & Health Sciences

“Getting into a health profession program today is very competitive. Students who expand their undergraduate experience and acquire relevant world experience through opportunities like study abroad will likely gain a competitive edge.”
—Judy Beniak, Director, Health Careers Center

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions before beginning your study abroad research.

Students who gain relevant experiences beyond the classroom tend to be stronger candidates for health profession programs. This includes study abroad, which provides students an opportunity for personal growth, and an understanding of health issues in the broader global community.

There are some important things to consider when planning your study abroad experience:

Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS)

If you plan to participate in a program where you may have interaction with patients, please complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) online module.  This interactive online workshop developed by the Health Careers Center will help you:

Meeting Academic Requirements

Planning to go abroad requires finding out if your study abroad classes will count toward:

Combining all of these will give you a comprehensive academic plan.

Prerequisites

Liberal Education requirements

Timing

Seek the right experiences

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

Global Health in Kenya

  • Program Term: May
  • Explore a wide variety of public health interventions in a developing country
  • Visit places like the Kenya Ministry of Health, Nairobi Women's Hospital, local clinics and Masaai traditional healers
  • Participate in a service learning project at a local NGO in Mombasa
  • Taught by Dr. Starr Sage, from the Center for Learning Innovation on the Rochester campus

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Program term: academic year, fall or spring semester
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion
  • Past MSID health internship foci have included: public health/nutrition, maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Swahili is required

Senegal

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, or academic year
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion
  • Past MSID health internship foci have included: public health/nutrition, womens’ maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
  • Instruction is in French

South Africa

University of Cape Town

  • Program term: academic year, calendar year, fall or spring semester
  • Areas of study available at this university include: anatomy, physiology, immunology, genetics, neuroscience, pathology, physiotherapy, biology, chemistry and others
  • This program is a university study program, which allows you to directly enroll in a foreign university and take classes with host country students. Instruction is in English by African faculty
  • No language prerequisite

Cape Town– Summer Option (available through CIEE South Africa)

  • Program term: summer
  • Participate in an innovative and intensive core course, an integrated community-engagement project, and exploration of various communities in and around Cape Town.
  • Learn firsthand about the political, economic, cultural, and environmental transformations impacting South Africa today
  • Volunteer at local NGOs, schools, and other organizations

Cape Town– Semester service-learning Option (available through CIEE South Africa)

  • Program term: fall or spring semester
  • This semester program is appropriate for students from all academic disciplines who have experience with community service and/or volunteerism
  • Fully integrated “holistic” service program that combines a strong academic program and service to the local community with integrated activities designed to support the academic service-learning goals, both in and out of the classroom
  • Students design and implement capstone their project based on community needs and personal interest

Tanzania

Study Abroad in Tanzania

  • Summer
  • Learn about medicine and pubic health and how the two are related through coursework and excursions to clinics, hospitals and health projects
  • Program includes excursions to world famous game parks, including Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro crater
  • Instruction is in English

Americas

Argentina

Buenos Aires: Summer Community Public Health (available through CIEE Argentina)

  • Program term: summer
  • Intensive Spanish language training with a focus on medical terminology
  • Specially designed interdisciplinary courses in public health taught by well-trained professors and researchers
  • Hands-on field experience to learn firsthand about healthcare in Argentina, guided by local practitioners
  • 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent

Chile

Health Studies Summer Program in Santiago (available through IES Chile)

  • Program term: summer
  • Health-related clinical observation internship available
  • Health-related courses available such as “Anthropology and Native Medicine”
  • Ideal for advanced Spanish students in pre-med studies, nursing, pharmacy, public health, hospital management, sociology, and other health-related professions
  • 4 semesters college-level Spanish

Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment (available through SIT Chile)

  • Program term: fall or spring semester
  • The program is based in Arica located on Chile's northern coast.
  • Consider different conceptions of wellness and healing, including beliefs and health practices of the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous groups. The program gives students the opportunity to experience Chile's health system firsthand with guided, insightful visits to public and private health centers
  • 4 semesters college-level Spanish

Dominican Republic

Latin American Health, Nutrition, & Environmental Issues in the Dominican Republic (available through U-IA Dominican Republic)

  • Program term: fall semester (Santiago), summer term (Jarabacoa)
  • 1 year college-level Spanish required for summer program, 3 years (or 2 years plus summer program) for fall semester
  • The fall semester component consists of PUCMM (Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra) courses for foreigners complemented by a community health practicum, a major research project, and access to regular PUCMM courses
  • The summer program consists of a intensive Spanish language course and a thematic seminar focusing on public and environmental health and on research methodology

Summer Community Public Health (available through CIEE Dominican Republic)

  • Program term: summer
  • One-week semi-rural clinical field rotation, providing field experience
  • Urban community service practicum in and around Santiago; ability to work with local public health experts
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish

Ecuador

Health & Society in Ecuador

  • Program term: 7-week summer session
  • Explore the complex relationship between the social determinants of health and health disparities in the context of a developing country. 
  • "Social Determinants of Health" course taught in English
  • Field trips enhance the classroom learning and allow students to directly observe how the social determinants of health impact access to local health services .
  • 3 semesters college-level Spanish required

 

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Program term: academic year, fall or spring semester
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion
  • Past MSID health internship foci have included: public health/nutrition, disease mapping, maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
  • 2 years college-level Spanish required

Mexico

Study Abroad in Mexico- Medical Spanish

  • Program term: 4-week May session
  • Special focus on basic medical vocabulary and phrases to conduct patient interviews and exams
  • Explore cultural factors that impact health in Mexico and Mexican perspectives on health
  • Guest speakers and excursions to local hospitals, a temazcal (traditional Aztec sauna, and traditional medicine museum
  • Course is equivalent to SPAN 1004- requires SPAN 1003 or equivalent

 

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Internships in Sydney

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer
  • Summer internship program available
  • Past health-related internship opportunities include work in clinics, hospitals, public health and medical research projects

James Cook University

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Create a program in the sciences, social sciences, arts, business, or engineering
  • Health-related courses include: nursing, occupational health, speech/language pathology
  • Courses feature fieldwork and internships
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

University of Adelaide: Australia Summer Public Health (available through IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Program Term: summer
  • Study international health and indigenous cultures at one of Australia's most prestigious universities
  • Students take a required international health course and choose two other courses
  • An optional Community Engagement Learning Project allows students to volunteer with an indigenous organization

University of Melbourne

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Coursework available in biological and physical sciences
  • Health-related courses include: public/community health, nursing, art or music therapy
  • Fieldwork and lab research are available
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

University of Wollongong

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Coursework available in biological and physical sciences
  • Health-related courses include: health administration/management, public/community health, occupational health

China

Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine (available through SIT China)

  • Program term: summer
  • Focuses is on the medicinal system of China
  • Classroom based introduction to program theme as well as structured activities alongside professionals in traditional Chinese medicine, both in community and clinical settings
  • Observe traditional practitioners of herbal medicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy, and, in some cases, receive practical training
  • No language prerequisite

India

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Program term: academic year, fall or spring semester
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion
  • Past MSID health internship foci have included: public health/nutrition, maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
  • No language prerequisite

Japan

Philosophies of Wellness: Holistic Healing in Japan

  • Program Term: May
  • Learn about traditional and Western concepts of health, wellness, medicine, and healing
  • Explore traditional healing practices including Reiki, Shiatsu, Anma, Acupuncture, Onsen (hot spring), Meditation, Karate and aikido
  • Participate in service activity in the local community
  • Taught by Yuko Taniguchi, from the Center for Learning Innovation on the Rochester campus

New Zealand

University of Auckland

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Biology course titles include: Biology for Biomedical Sciences: Cellular Processes and Development, Genetics, Food and Beverage Microbiology, and Developmental Biology and Cancer, and Nutritional Science
  • Health-related course titles include: Social Science for Health, Current Debates in Health and Health Policy, and Science
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

University of Otago

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Courses available in the sciences, physical education, liberal arts and others
  • Health-related areas of study at this university include Drugs and Human Health; Infection and Immunity; Nutrition, Metabolism and Human Health; and Reproduction, Genetics and Development
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

Victoria University of Wellington

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Wide variety of subject choices available
  • Health-related course titles include: The Biology of Disease, Physiology and Pharmacology, Abnormal Psychology and Popular Psychology
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

Europe

Denmark

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer 3- or 6-week
  • Semester Programs include Medical Practice & Policy (classes taught at hospitals by physicians), Biomedicine (focus on drug development), and Public Health (focus on comparative policy models).  All students go on course-integrated, faculty-led study tours across Europe, included tuition.
  • Summer courses include Human Health & Disease, Public Health in Northern Europe, Neuroscience of Fear
  • No language prerequisite - all courses taught in English by Danish faculty

Spain

International Program in Toledo

  • Program term: academic year, fall semester, spring semester, May session and summer session
  • This program is offered in collaboration with the prestigious José Ortega-Marañón Foundation and the University of Minnesota
  • Health-related internships are available
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish

Switzerland

SIT Switzerland– Global Health and Development Policy

  • Program term: fall or spring semester
  • An interdisciplinary course conducted in English, with required readings, examining models of health systems, diseases, and development policy
  • Additional focus is on pharmaceutical enterprises, international trade, intellectual property rights, access to medicines, and vulnerable groups such as migrants
  • Resources utilized in the delivery of course content include the University Hospital of Geneva, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the World Health Organization

United Kingdom

Study & Internships in London

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer session
  • Semester and summer internships available
  • Internship placements may be possible within the healthcare industry
  • Past internship experiences include clinic, hospital and research settings
  • The London program has also established a good working relationship with one of the largest and busiest hospitals in London.  Sample placements have included internships in departments such as :  Accident & Emergency, Biochemistry, Liver Unit, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacy and Trauma & Orthopedics

University of East Anglia (available through IFSA-Butler United Kingdom)

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • UEA has established a reputation as one of the top universities in the UK
  • Courses available in a wide range of science and liberal arts areas
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

Queen Mary University, University of London

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • The only option in London with a campus environment, Queen Mary offers students the opportunity to live and study with British students
  • Courses available in a wide range of science and liberal arts areas
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Northumbria University

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Health-related courses include: Assessing Health and Well-Being, Contemporary Issues in Health, Introduction to Health and Social Care Studies
  • Courses available in a wide range of science and liberal arts areas
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

Glasgow University

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Anatomy for Pre-Med Program: designed for US study abroad students
  • Courses available in a wide range of science and liberal arts areas
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

King's College London Premed Program (available through IFSA-Butler United Kingdom)

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • The King's competitive premed program is designed to introduce students to the general practice of medicine and is suitable for all students who are interested in pursuing further education within the healthcare field.
  • Premed students will typically take three science courses together with a fourth course, Health and Society, which combines in-class curriculum with a range of shadowing opportunities in different clinical settings.
  • The clinical attachment portion of the program enables students to apply class theory to a number of primary and secondary care settings, including the emergency room, nursing homes, alcohol recovery programs, family medicine, surgery and more.

Additional Options to Consider

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester long program

Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!

Freshman Seminars

  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

Work, Intern, and Volunteer (WIV) Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternative or compliment to study abroad.
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around the globe

Affiliated WIV programs—Opportunities through Learning Abroad Center affiliated program providers

Child Family Health International

  • Ecuador, India, South Africa, Mexico, Bolivia
  • 4-8 weeks; Some preparation in the local language preferred
  • CFHI is an NGO providing global health education experiences for health sciences students

Cross-Cultural Solutions

  • Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand
  • 2-12 weeks 
  • Volunteer placements observing and assisting health professionals; working with people affected by HIV/AIDS

World Endeavors

  • Brazil, Ghana, Tanzania, Thailand
  • Health-related volunteer opportunities available including shadowing health care professionals and public health education

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.

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