Global Health Opportunities

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"I don't think there has ever been a more exciting time to be involved in global health at UT Southwestern. New projects are forming every year, and the number of students going abroad continues to rise. The best part is seeing faculty and administrators take such a personal interest in the expansion of our program," said Paul McClung, class of 2012.

UT Southwestern Medical Center delivers the future of global health by educating tomorrow’s physicians in the practice of medicine in international settings – both developing nations and established areas. Funding is available to offset a portion of the costs associated with participating in approved programs.

Assistance is available to help students identify opportunities that match their interests and time. Students seeking guidance on planning or participating in a global health experience should email student.globalhealth
@utsouthwestern.edu
.

Credit Programs

We offer exciting and novel opportunities for students to explore global health issues and gain valuable hands-on experience while earning elective credits at clinics and medical facilities abroad.

Students have completed clinical rotations for academic credit on every continent (except Antarctica) through a combination of formal relationships with other facilities arranged by UT Southwestern, and ad-hoc programs arranged by students and faculty. UT Southwestern is committed to continually expanding offerings of formalized rotations abroad.

Exchange Program

UT Southwestern also has a formal exchange program with the University of Paris Descartes. Students spend six months in Paris completing core clerkships in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Ob/Gyn. Afterward, they spend the remaining six months of the exchange in lesser-developed countries of their choosing.

Non-Credit Programs

Global Health opportunities exist for first- and second-year students through participation in the International Service Learning (ISL) elective. The ISL elective incorporates student-initiated medical trips with formal evaluation and reflective clinical practice. In addition, preclinical electives available to students include courses in Global Health and Medical Spanish.

Global Health Interest Group

The Global Health Interest Group at UT Southwestern encourages, educates and equips medical students for experiences around the world, and promotes dialogue about current issues in global health.