Students must develop and conduct a research project or participate in a study-abroad or internship program on a global health/environmental health issue, typically in an international setting. An eight week experience is considered the optimal amount of time to meet this requirement.
Projects require GHSP steering committee approval and supervision by a faculty member of the GHSP steering committee. Up to 3 semester hours of academic credit for the international experience, whether in the form of independent study, study abroad or internship credit, may be applied toward the required minimum 7 s.h. of Global Health electives. Since students who conduct research while abroad have limited opportunities to obtain support and guidance from their supervising professor(s), adequate preparation in advance is imperative.
For more information about the Global Health Studies Certificate International Experience (i.e., preapproval form, and criteria for the project proposal), go to Forms/How-To on the certificate website.
PLEASE NOTE: Any international experience which involves "human subjects" must be reviewed by the University of Iowa Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the initiation of the project. Proof of the determination/ review process must also be submitted to the Global Health Studies Program before the international experience proposal can be approved. Read a summary of the IRB process on the International Programs website. For all questions contact the IRB at 319/335-6465; or complete the IRB determination form to find out if your research meets the definition of human subjects research.
International Experiences completed by past Global Health Studies certificate students include:
Students admitted to the Global Health Studies Certificate program are eligible to apply for a Global Health Studies Travel Award. The award has the following criteria:
Information on other possible funding can be found on the following websites:
International Programs "Find Funding"
Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU)
UI Honors Program Scholarships & Fellowships
College of LIberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Dewey Stuit Fund for Undergraduate Research
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Ferentz Undergraduate Fellowships for Research