Educational Opportunities in Global Health by Region


Multiple International Sites


CDC Internship

Through the Global Health Sciences Prevention & Public Health Group

  • Medical students
  • Deadlines: rolling

This research opportunity is primarily geared toward fourth-year students and involves working on a variety of projects with epidemiologists and clinicians from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Global HIV/AIDS. Opportunities vary from month to month, but students have done projects in Brazil, Kenya, Mozambique, Thailand and Uganda. The assignment will require a minimum commitment of six weeks. For further information, contact George Rutherford.


CDC Additional Trainee Opportunities

  • See below for information on eligibility 
  • Deadlines: see website

There are opportunities for funded fellowships in epidemiology (medical students), general public health (graduate public health students, medical students, dental students, and pharm D students), and global health (medical students). These range from short-term to yearlong programs. Please see the CDC website for detailed program information.


Medical Care Experiences in Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, and South Africa

Child Family Health International

  • See below for information on eligibility
  • Deadlines: rolling

CFHI PROGRAMS are 4‐16 week Global Health Education Programs that offer first‐hand experiences alongside local physicians in developing countries. Programs combine instruction, experience, service, and reflection, to create a model that supports physicians, clinical sites and communities abroad. CFHI is committed to addressing the healthcare needs of the underserved, and adds a unique experiential element to each participant’s professional development. There are multiple sites or programs in 5 countries: Bolivia (2), Ecuador (7), India (6), Mexico (4), and South Africa (2). This organization places health science students in socially responsible and financially just clinical settings that show commitment to community engagement and local integrity. Programs in Spanish speaking countries have a built-in language component, which does not count toward the academic time commitment (160 hours) for UCSF medical students getting credit or funding for their experience. CFHI will help students find specific projects at their partner sites, if the student expresses this interest. Certain programs accept various types of health professional trainees. For more information, please visit: CFHI has also identified several rotations that are particularly relevant for 4th year UCSF medical students: UCSF CFHI Global Health Rotations.


OB/GYN Summer Research Opportunities

The UCSF Department Of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

  • Medical students
  • Deadlines: rolling

There are various global health summer opportunities in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF. The largest program is through FACES in Kenya (see the FACES entry under Africa). Please contact Juan Vargas for research and clinical rotation information in Chile.


Blindness Prevention Work in Ethiopia or India

UCSF'S Proctor Foundation

  • Medical students    
  • Deadlines: rolling

The Proctor Foundation has limited research opportunities for UCSF medical students interested in community ophthalmology in India or Ethiopia. Some of our current projects involve treating trachoma on a community-wide scale and monitoring the effects over time to find the best treatment recommendation for disease elimination in an endemic community. Other projects focus on the prevention of corneal ulceration. Participation in the projects allows medical students to learn about the research protocol, be exposed to the day-to-day functioning of an international public health/epidemiology study, and learn about clinical practices relevant to the research. Students are supervised in the field by the study coordinator and principal investigator, and will work closely with local ophthalmic nurses, eye care workers, and community health volunteers in a rural setting. Students will also have the opportunity to learn the standard clinical exams to detect trachoma as well as to observe eye conditions more prevalent in the developing world. Research opportunities vary in length according to the ongoing needs of the projects.   (usually two to four weeks in length). Please contact Nicole Stoller, Trachoma Project Manager, for more information on current opportunities and the application procedures. Please note that students are encouraged to seek some of their own funding for travel and living expenses in country. For more info, please visit the Proctor International Programs website.


Unite For Sight International Opportunities

  • All healthcare professional students    
  • Deadline: rolling

Unite for Sight is a non-profit organization providing international medical opportunities to help restore eyesight and prevent blindness in African, Asian, and Latin American countries. All persons over the age of 18 are welcome to apply, including premedical students, medical students, public health professionals, doctors, corporate professionals, nurses, graduate students, retired professionals, and others. Short and long term volunteer opportunities for physicians are available as well. For application and program details visit For specific volunteering questions, contact




Clinical and Research Electives in Kenya with FACES

Family Aids Care and Education Services

  • See below for information on eligibility
  • Deadlines: see website

The FACES Student Training Education Program (STEP), a joint program of UCSF and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), provides opportunities for medical students & other health care providers to be involved in clinical and research activities with a focus on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections in Kenya’s Nairobi and Nyanza Provinces (Kisumu, Suba, Migori, and Rongo). Rotations may be clinical in nature (residents, nurses, pharmacists, third or fourth year medical students from the U.S., Canada, or the University of Nairobi) or research-focused (medical and public health students who have completed at least one year of graduate training.) UCSF trainees focus on work in Nyanza Province. Clinical electives are a minimum of 6 weeks, and can include more than one site for electives of 8 weeks or longer. Learners who join FACES for a clinical elective at any of our sites will be involved in patient care, home and hospital visits, multidisciplinary team meetings, clinical team meetings, and will be expected to complete one or two projects during their elective. For more information about the program and application information please visit the FACES website or contact Kimberly Bale.


Community Health and Clinical Care at Kisoro District Hospital, Uganda

Doctors for Global Health and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Medical students  
  • Deadlines: rolling

Two opportunities exist for fourth-year UCSF medical students to participate in clinical care and community health in Kisoro, Uganda, a rural district in the southwest corner of the country. Interested students have two options from which to choose: 

Option 1:  This option offers 6-8 weeks of clinical rotations in a range of specialties at Kisoro District Hospital. Students will work on the Internal Medicine wards for 4 weeks with Montefiore faculty (faculty and fellows in the Global Health and Clinical Skills Faculty Development Program) and Medicine residents, and then spend 2 weeks in Pediatrics and/or 2 weeks in Obstetrics-gynecology under the supervision of Kisoro physicians. There will be a weekly ambulatory experience in a Community Health Center, opportunities to work in the Women’s Clinic, and a continuity clinic experience throughout the entire 8-week period. During the second month, participation in community outreach will also be possible.  For more information visit this link.

Option 2: UCSF students will first complete a month-long global health course at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City in June (housing not provided). During this course, not only do students study tenets of responsible global health interventions, they develop projects together to offer to the communities in which they will serve. These are mostly educational-based projects. Students will then travel to Kisoro for October-November or the following March-April. For the first 3 weeks, students will work with Dr. Jerry Paccione (Professor of Clinical Medicine at Montefiore) and a Montefiore Medicine resident on the Medicine wards of Kisoro District Hospital. For the next 5 weeks, the students will complete community education and service projects in the rural villages served by the hospital. During this time they will continue seeing patients in clinic. Students spend half of their time in the villages and half in the district hospital.

Interested students should contact Dr. Elizabeth Rogers to apply. 


Clinical Elective in Kampala, Uganda
at Makerere University Medical School or in Associated Clinics and Hospitals

  • Medical students    
  • Deadlines: rolling 

This one or two-month clinical elective in Uganda gives UCSF students and residents an opportunity to experience patient care at Mulago (1500 beds) and associated smaller hospitals and clinics. Mulago Teaching Hospital rotations of special interest include: cardiology, endocrinology, and ID. Students interested in surgery or obstetrics need to speak to a UCSF global health advisor about the timing of their rotations. Weekly educational conferences include teaching sessions, rounds, and journal club. Several clinics of particular interest in Kampala include: Reach Out Mbuya ( providing comprehensive community HIV care to 3700 clients) and Alive Clinic (following 10,000 patients, 90% HIV+). The tuition fee is $250, which must be paid before or on the first day of the elective. Since space is limited, students must complete the application form to coordinate their elective through Susan Byekwaso, Education Program Support Officer at Makerere University Medical School: or


Research Opportunities through Organic Health Response, Kenya

  • See below for information on eligibility     
  • Deadlines: rolling

The Organic Health Response (OHR) is a non-profit organization working in Lake Victoria on Mfangano Island, Kenya. The Organic Health Response seeks to activate social solidarity, information technology, and environmental sustainability to turn the tide against the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS across Lake Victoria. OHR represents a mission cultivated by a group of Kenyan organic farmers, health workers, and teachers and a team of international medical and graduate students, designers, and activists. Through local and global partnerships which include UCSF and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), we work together to equip our rural villages with resources, training, and connections to respond “organically”—as unified communities—to the overwhelming socio-economic, epidemiological, and ecological challenges we face. All programs are run out of the Ekialo Kiona Center, a solar-powered resource facility offering Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) services and free access to Internet, a library and conference halls. Please see the website for more information at OHR offers to UCSF/Berkeley students of medicine (first or second year), public health, nursing, and pharmacy the opportunity to participate in an array of research activities, with a primary focus on innovative community-based HIV/AIDS interventions, safe drinking water technologies, and household food security. OHR is currently conducting 3 longitudinal studies (MIHNIS, RECH, and HNWT) through a locally based research department on Mfangano Island. Learn more on the OHR website. This 6-8 week program allows students to develop research and participate in community data collection, follow-up and analysis.  Students will pay a small fee for a homestay experience as well as for staff coordination and project supplies. Volunteers may get further information and apply through the website Students seeking more information and to apply for specific project opportunities can contact Kimberly Bale.


Asia: South, Southeast and North


Acupuncture and TCM Elective in Beijing

Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center

  • All healthcare professional students    
  • Deadlines: January and April

A unique four-week international elective on Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is offered in April and July in Beijing, China. This course will take place at the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center (CBIATC), a WHO collaborating center on traditional medicine. In order to help learners acquire the basic skills and knowledge in acupuncture and TCM, the course combines morning acupuncture clinical practice and afternoon didactics. Students will also have the opportunity to learn Tai Chi, Tui Na (massage), and basic conversational Chinese. English translators accompany all of the educational activities; thus, knowledge of Chinese is NOT required. Beijing, the capital of China, is an ancient city undergoing major transformation. Living in the center of the city, you will have an easy access to many of the historical and cultural sites. Over 280 medical students from 67 U. S. medical schools have participated in this elective for credits since 2002.
Course Director: Jun James Mao, MD, MSCE.  Dr. Mao is an Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.
Contact Information:
Telephone: 215-375-2100


Clinical Rotation at Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) in Beijing, China

  • Medical students      
  • Deadlines: rolling

BJU, a full service, bilingual hospital with a developed outpatient department, offers UCSF students an opportunity to work with doctors and patients from all over the world, and to tailor their experience based on their interests. Rotations of one month or longer are available. Opportunities for Mandarin speakers are available to learn and practice medical terminology, but Mandarin is not required for this rotation since English is used throughout the hospital, including medial records. The rotation is organized by Dr. Evelyn Fang, who worked previously in the UCSF-Fresno Medical Education Program, and who is working long-term in BJU's primary care department.  For more information or to apply, contact Evelyn Fang.


Student Exchange Program with Shantou University Medical College (SUMC)

  • Medical students      
  • Deadlines: November 15th

This spring, four 4th-year UCSF medical students will be given the opportunity to visit Shantou University Medical College in Shantou, China (Guangdong Province), to complete eight weeks of observation on clinical rotations. The types of clinical experiences available include: ward rotations in various specialties, the Hospice Service, Rural Healthcare, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. To apply, send your resume and completed application form with a description of why you are interested in participating in the program to the Shantou Program Administrative Coordinator at Box 0409.


Research Opportunities in Women’s Health Issues in India

The Public Health Research Institute, India

  • All healthcare professional students     
  • Deadlines: rolling

The Public Health Research Institute, India (PHRII) and the Preana Women’s Health Initiative provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive services for family planning, reproductive health, and HIV care in the south Indian state of Karnataka. By bringing diagnostics, medical care, and health education to women in need, PHRI provides a platform to promote excellence in basic and translational research for women’s health in India, research training in public health disciplines, and policy related work, like needs assessments and evaluation of programs. Fees include a $500 internship fee, $60 -80 taxi ride from and to the airport, and lodging cost of ~$10/night. Volunteers must have had experience and feel comfortable in rural international settings, be available for an 8-week minimum stay, and be self-motivated and capable of independent work. Because volunteers are accepted on a rolling basis, it is advisable to apply as early as possible. UCSF medical students looking for summer positions may want to seek RAPtr funding in the January cycle, in order to have confirmed funding (and therefore program acceptance) before internship slots are filled. PHRII can arrange for medical students to participate in local hospital rounds during their project time, and will arrange housing and transportation from the airport. For further information or to volunteer, please visit the website at or send an email to To view an interview with the founder, Dr. Purnima Madhivanan click here.


Public Health and Medical Electives in Community-based Development in Rural India JAMKHED

  • All healthcare professional students   
  • Deadlines: rolling

The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed (CRHP), has been working among the rural poor and marginalized for over 40 years. Pioneering a comprehensive approach to primary community-based healthcare, CRHP has been a leader in public health and development in rural communities in India and around the world.  CRHP welcomes individuals and groups to our project areas to observe the model in practice, which currently includes over 40 project villages and a 50-bed hospital. Students must provide an academic letter of support and a personal statement. The month-long elective opportunity is available for medical students in any year and for students from other professional schools who are interested in learning more about the community-based approach. Please visit or contact for more information.


Medical Elective in India

Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement

  • Medical students    
  • Deadlines: rolling

Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) is a development organization, engaged in building a new civil society in India through its grassroots to policy-level action in Health, Education and Community Development sectors. The organization, which began in 1984 initially involving a small group of Indian medical students, now works throughout Karnataka providing community and institution-based health and education projects, as well as comprehensive care in two hospitals and an HIV control program. There are additional programs in socio-economic empowerment, as well as training in research, development, advocacy, and leadership. The Medical Student Electives (MSE) program is a 4-week training and orientation for 3rd or 4th-year medical students in rural healthcare, also encompassing preventive and curative aspects. Students participate in daily hospital rounds, work with consultants in the outpatient department, accompany the medical team on mobile clinics and community based health programs, learn more about Ayurveda, and do short-term projects of their own choosing. For more information (including opportunities for other trained heath, education, or development professionals), please visit:




Summer Research Opportunity In Zagreb, Croatia

The Global Health Sciences Prevention & Public Health Group

  • Medical students     
  • Deadlines: rolling

This research opportunity is primarily geared towards first-year medical students, but a fourth-year elective could be considered. Only UCSF students are eligible. The GHS Prevention & Public health Group has an ongoing research/training collaboration with the University Hospital for Infectious Diseases (UHID) as well as with the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health in Zagreb. Our collaborators have a number of projects they have developed and involved UCSF students in. A particular interest of ours is the influence of the traditional Mediterranean diet on development of lipodystrophies in antiretroviral-treated patients. The student will also work with infectious disease specialists in Zagreb to understand global health challenges in the post-conflict situation of the Balkans. In addition, the student may participate in a short course training in clinical research to be provided by UCSF faculty in Croatia. It is expected that the student will develop a research protocol and apply for Dean's Research Funds. There is no language requirement for this opportunity. The assignment will require a minimum commitment of six weeks. For further information, contact George Rutherford.


Summer or Winter Policy Research Internships

World Health Organization

  • All healthcare professional students   
  • Deadlines: see website

As a leader in global health issues, the WHO’s Internship Programme offers a range of opportunities for student to gain insight in technical, administrative, and policy issues. These unpaid internships last from 6 to 12 weeks. Interns must cover all their own costs. There is a wide range of projects, and this changes depending on the needs of WHO technical units. Applications for summer are accepted in December and January; applications for winter internships are accepted in September and October. For further information, visit:


Latin America


Health Services & Medical Spanish Programs in Guatemala

Asociacion Pop Wuj

  • All healthcare professional students     
  • Deadlines: rolling

Since June 2002, Pop Wuj has offered a Medical Spanish Program for medical students, providers, public health professionals, and other healthcare practitioners (e.g., doctors, nurses, paramedics, physical therapists). The Medical Spanish Program provides health and medical education as well as clinical experience in Guatemala. UCSF medical students doing clinical rotations for credit (or who are funded by UCSF) need to participate for 7 weeks to obtain the necessary 160 clinical hours.   The mission of this non-profit organization is to deliver health care in a compassionate and effective manner, with knowledge of the culture and history of the population. One of the most important goals of Pop Wuj’s Medical Program is to increase students’ cultural competency in addition to their language skills. This program is offered on a monthly basis beginning on the 1st Monday of every month and on the 3rd Monday in Jan-April and Jun-Aug.  It proceeds for a full 4 weeks, the minimum length of participation. Reservations 2 months in advance are recommended for the peak months. Please see the Medical Program Handbook for important details or click here. For questions, please contact Shelley Peery, PhD:

Clinical Rotations in Cuenca, Ecuador

Cinterandes Foundation

  • Medical students     
  • Deadlines: rolling

The Cinterandes Foundation is dedicated to improve the quality of life for people in Ecuador. Health care is at the heart of the Foundation's programs, and rotations for foreign students are available in the Mobile Surgery Unit, the Hospital Universitario del Río (which is affiliated with University of Azuay) and some rural clinics. The Mobile Surgery Unit travels to neighboring towns and provinces, and allows students to engage with the patients during all phases of care. They have received more than 400 foreign medical students from around the world, working in a variety of clinical settings. Visit the website to find out more about the programs and to get contact information.


Volunteering in Nicaragua

Teach For Health (TFH)

  • All healthcare professional students    
  • Deadlines: rolling

Teach for Health is an international development organization that utilizes the community health promoter model to leverage community engagement, empowerment and self- sufficiency in rural communities throughout the developing world.

TFH volunteers develop cost-effective, measurable programs that stimulate organic social change faster and more effectively than it would occur naturally- essentially serving as consultants and mentors catalyzing the work of an existing group of motivated and talented community organizers. The largest program involves the training and support of over 100 health promoters in rural Nicaragua as they undertake community development projects. Teach for Health has had a strong relationship with UCSF for the past 4 years, providing research and volunteering opportunities for students and residents who wish to apply their academic knowledge and public service interests to a long term program that will leave a lasting effect with the communities involved. Opportunities to volunteer are available year-round, although most support and activities take place in July and August.

In August 2012 a new Microgrant Empowerment Initiative was introduced in the health promoter program, providing a series of 55 small grants to participant communities. Grants range from $50-$1500 per project and are meant to supply seed funding and infrastructure investment that is paired with substantial community sourced investments in volunteer time, and a small proportion of matching funds. Successful completion of entry-level projects qualifies communities and their representative promoters for increased funds and larger and more complex projects.


Summer 2014 Volunteer Positions:

Teach for Health is currently seeking Regional Microgrant Coordinators for the summer of 2014. This is a volunteer position, where UCSF students will be assigned to a geographic region with 1-5 participating communities. Volunteers will meet with health promoters to help develop project ideas, travel via public transportation to the communities to view projects in action, troubleshoot project implementation, assist with outcome measure selection and monitoring, and provide general mentorship. We anticipate that this will be a challenging but incredibly rewarding chance to work creatively with a large number of diverse community based programs. Volunteers are expected to assist health promoters in their efforts, catalyzing community driven change rather than implementing their own agenda. Host families will be available for approximately $10/day with meals in country provided. We will assist applicants with funding applications to UCSF and other identified sources to help mitigate traveling expenses. In country support will be provided by Peace Corps Volunteer(s) and full time Teach for Health employees. 


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

1) Strong conversational Spanish ability (native fluency is not required). Must be able to talk comfortably about a wide range of health topics in Spanish, navigate public transportation, and assist with meetings where no English assistance will be available. 

2) Must be able to commit to a minimum of 6 weeks in Nicaragua (8 weeks+ is preferred) between June and August 2014. Additional orientation sessions in San Francisco will be required prior to departure. 

3) Prior global health experience, classwork, and program development experience is preferred but not required. 

4) Students from all professional disciplines at UCSF are encouraged (medicine, nursing, pharmacy etc.), as well as residents and faculty. Volunteers will be expected to work within the limits of their current experience and training with regards to any patient care opportunities and advising roles. 

5) Independence, creativity, and ability to work collaboratively with a large number of people are essential. 

Please email if you are interested for more information or visit


North America


Global Health Paid Internships

USAID In Washington DC

  • All healthcare professional students    
  • Deadlines: January

The Global Health Fellows Program has a number of exciting internships that offer trainees the opportunity to gain practical experience by working with global health professionals. USAID is an independent federal government agency and the world’s largest development organization. Past interns have worked with HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, maternal and child health, health systems, reproductive health, nutrition, commodities and logistics and population demographics. Please visit the website for further information.


Clinical And Community Care Global Health Course

The University Of Arizona

  • All healthcare professional students     
  • Deadlines: May

This is a full-time (80 class hours) interactive, practical course preparing fourth-year North American clinical medical students (years 3 & 4), residents, graduate-level health professional trainees with a clinical orientation, and other clinicians for health care experiences abroad.  Visiting participants receive 3-4 weeks’ elective credit at their home institution (which must arrange the actual overseas preceptorship).  The class (FCM 896A) is held each July and is limited to 24, selected by May 30. The course is directed by Ronald Pust, MD & Tracy Carroll, MPH, PT, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine. For information and application forms, see Website or contact: Arleen Heimann, program coordinator.
Phone: (520) 626-1992  


Border Health Elective

STEER (South Texas Environmental Education And Research)

  • All healthcare professional students    
  • Deadlines: Rolling

This program is a four-week elective available 5 times per year to students in medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health and public health who have interests in international health, border health, cultural aspects of health and environmental health.  Students participate in experiential learning in the communities of Laredo or Harlingen at the U.S.-Mexico Border. The STEER program has received State and national awards for its community-based, "hands-on" approach to training health professionals in public health. Sponsored by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Family & Community Medicine.  No tuition is required and housing may be reserved at a cost of $750 per student.  The program is limited to 7 students per rotation.  Please check the website at for further information or please contact Stella Olveda, project coordinator, at 210-562-6550, fax 210-567-4579.


Yearlong Experiences


Yearlong Global Health Opportunity At Kisoro District Hospital in Rural Uganda

Doctors For Global Health/Einstein Medical School

  • Interest in global health year between 3rd and 4th year 
  • Act as program manager behind the scenes, work closely with community health workers, serve as key full-time staff member for Kisoro District Hospital Community Programs
  • Program starts with June orientation month in NYC at Einstein
  • Cost is ~$1000/month including plane ticket, so $12,000 for one year
  • Could accept up to 2 students
  • Email Elizabeth Rogers


Yearlong Global Orthopedics Opportunity: Morgan And Madison McClellan Fellowship

Institute For Global Orthopaedics And Traumatology (IGOT)

  • Medical students or recent graduates    
  • Deadlines: still open for 2013-14 year

This option is for UCSF medical students or recent medical graduates interested in global orthopedics. Beginning in June the program follows the academic year and is designed as an intensive yearlong internship incorporating fundamental skills and hands-on experience critical to conducting research globally.  This includes designing and implementing projects with our partnering affiliates as well as a structured curriculum reviewing the various processes in conducting research.  The fellow is embedded into IGOT’s programs and will have specific responsibilities based on the needs and objectives at the time of fellowship. This is not a clinical fellowship, nor does it result in a clinical credential, but allows for extensive research exposure and responsibility. Fellows are based in the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology, and travel is determined by the project or global partner needs. Applicants are not required to have a project identified when applying for this Fellowship, and a number of projects are available through IGOT. Applicants are assisted and encouraged by IGOT to apply for institutional and extramural funding to support their fellowship, but lack of external funding does not invalidate an application. For information on the application process, please see the website

This endowed fellowship was started by a generous gift from Dr. Trigg McClellan of the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute, in honor of his daughters, Morgan and Madison McClellan. In keeping with the spirit of UCSF’s mission of advancing health worldwide, this competitive yearlong fellowship ensures that critical global health issues in orthopedics are prioritized and addressed.


Additional Yearlong Global Health Opportunities available for health professional students

Please see this link.