International Experience

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:

  • "The Prevalence of Tombak (i.e. tobacco) Shops Near Boys' Public Schools in Khartoum, Sudan"
  • "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Programs which Dispense Hearing Aids at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece"
  • "Community Gardens at a Youth Center on the Cheyenne Sioux Reservation in South Dakota"
  • "Evaluating Biodigestor Tehcnology's Impact on Rural Women and Sustainability in La Florita, Limón, Costa Rica”


Funding the International Experience

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:

  •     Applicants must be admitted Global Health Studies certificate students
  •     Travel must be related to student's approved international experience
  •     At least 6 s.h. toward the certificate must be completed by dates of travel
  •     Students must submit their International Experience Proposal and Global Health StudiesTravel Award application by April 1st for travel in summer and fall semesters, or November 1st for travel in the spring semester.
  •     Total financial aid or funding cannot exceed the cost of the international experience. Significant funding from other sources may result in the reduction or elimination of this scholarship

For information and an application refer to the International Programs funding website for undergraduate students, or graduate students.

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

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