Current Global Programs

Students interested in any of the programs listed below should make an appointment to meet with the Global Public Health Coordinator as soon as possible.


Child Family Health International

The UI College of Public Health has a standing agreement with Child Family Health International (CFHI) that allows public health students to participate in a number of global internships around the world. CFHI provides community-based Global Health Education Programs for students and institutions. Their unique model fosters reciprocal partnerships and empowerment in local communities, transforming perspectives about self, healing and global citizenship. Student can choose from internships in 10 different countries around the world, focusing on a wide variety of public health issues, including community engagement, healthcare access, reproductive health, and disease prevention.

CFHI experiences are intended for those pursuing a graduate degree. Undergraduate students looking for similar opportunities should visit the Major Advising Page through the Office of Study Abroad.

International Perspectives: Xicotepec

This service-learning based course offers students the opportunity to enrich their understanding of Mexican culture and history and hone their teamwork, leadership, intercultural competence, and project management skills while developing and carrying out discipline-specific projects that address community-identified needs. Taught in an interdisciplinary setting, this course takes place every spring semester and includes a week-long service trip to Xicotepec, Mexico over spring break. The service project focus will vary each year based on faculty expertise and local community needs.

This experience is open to undergraduate (junior standing or above), graduate, and doctoral students.

Global Injury and Violence Prevention Summer School

The Injury and Violence Prevention Training Course offers a professional introduction and training in injury and violence prevention methodology and practical application from a global perspective. This week-long course will utilize panels, presentations, workshops and visits with local government agencies for a global, hands-on experience. This course is workshop-based and will be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in partnership with the Cluj School of Public Health.

This experience is open to undergraduate (junior standing or above), graduate, and doctoral students.

Babes-Bolyai University

The UI College of Public Health has a long-standing relationship with Babes-Bolyai University (UBB). Located in the Apuseni Mountains of Transylvania, UBB  is home to the Cluj School of Public Health. Over the course of this partnership, students and faculty alike have participated in research collaborations, student internships, professional trainings, and more. UBB provides a safe and professional environment for students to learn about public health work in a global context. Anyone interested in learning more about possible opportunities should contact the Global Public Health Coordinator.

MHIRT: Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training

The MHIRT Research Internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to participate in a hands-on research internship in an international setting. Gain valuable skills and enhance your academic portfolio working alongside public health and health science professionals from Romania, Armenia, or The Gambia. This internship takes place during the summer term and typically lasts for 2 months. This unique opportunity covers all expenses on behalf of the student, as well as providing a small stipend for living expenses.

This experience is intended primarily for undergraduate students. However, a number of seats may be available for select graduate and doctoral students.

UI Office of Study Abroad

The University of Iowa Office of Study Abroad offers hundreds of international opportunities for students to explore and take part in. These opportunities are primarily geared toward undergraduate students of any major. (Graduate students in the College of Public Health should meet with the Global Public Health Coordinator to learn more about global experiences available at the graduate level.) Undergraduate students majoring in Public Health can learn more about study abroad programs specific to public health by clicking the button below.

Questions or comments? Contact Sophie Switzer. This page was last reviewed on January 19, 2018.