International Health Experiences

Healthcare professionals are needed who can meet the challenges of providing healthcare in resource-limited settings at home and abroad. The WMed International Health Experiences are aimed at educating and exposing participants to the aspects of global health to minimize the disparity of medical care in developing countries. The experiences provide fourth-year medical students and residents with the skills needed to meet the complex demands for healthcare professionals to function competently in resource-limited settings. Medical students have the opportunity to participate in WMed Global & Public Health Distinction, which includes longitudinal programming and fourth-year international electives. Participants will learn through:

  • A structured, group-oriented curriculum
  • Experiential hands-on learning in WMed faculty-approved sites such as Madagascar, Peru, Liberia, or other developing countries, as well as immersion in a low-resource healthcare setting
  • Course work within the U.S. is done online, in-person, and in the simulation centers.
International Health Experiences


Global Health Experiences

WMed Rotations
  • Public Health: 1 block
  • Rural Medicine: 1 block at migrant worker clinics, including experience with mobile clinics at migrant worker camps
  • Infectious Diseases: 1 block
  • International Medicine Abroad: 1 block in Madagascar, Peru, or Liberia
Coursework
  • Tropical Medicine I
  • Tropical Medicine II
  • Global Health
  • Basic Disaster Relief
  • Advanced Disaster Relief
  • Point of Care Ultrasound

Residents who wish to become certified by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) may take the University of Minnesota Global Health Program.

Scholarly Activity
  • Participation in Global Health Grand Rounds
  • Scholarly Activity/Research Project in the area of Global Health
  • Presentation at IM and/or Pediatric Grand Rounds or Equivalent