Undergraduate Global Learning in Public Health

The University of Iowa and the College of Public Health encourage students to pursue opportunities to work with globally diverse populations in a global or local context. Students may pursue global research, global internships, approved study abroad programs provided by third-party vendors that combine public health coursework with either internships, service learning, or independent study opportunities (i.e., CIEE and SIT programs), or local/global opportunities with CPH faculty. Students register for these experiences as CPH:4750 Undergraduate Global Learning in Public Health (0-3 s.h.). The CPH Undergraduate Program Office makes the ultimate decision regarding whether or not a specific global learning experience meets the criteria for experiential learning credit.

Students: Not sure where to start? Check out this public health major advising page (MAP) on the UI Study Abroad website. MAPs outline the major’s academic requirements, suggest times for students in the major to study abroad, and provide lists of recommended programs based on the public health major. Many of the programs listed on the public health MAP will count toward experiential learning credit for the major, but REMEMBER, the CPH Undergraduate Program Office makes the ultimate decision regarding whether or not a specific global learning experience meets the criteria for experiential learning credit – so check with us first.

Who is eligible to enroll in CPH:4750 Undergraduate Global Learning in Public Health?
How do I get permission to register for CPH:4750?
What are the requirements for completing CPH:4750?
How many semester hours of academic credit should I register for?

To be eligible for registration and enrollment, students should:

  • be a public health major in the College of Public Health
  • be in good academic standing as defined by the College of Public Health
  • meet the eligibility criteria for the specific global learning opportunity
  • have completed CPH:2050 Second Year Undergraduate Public Health Seminar (strongly recommended, but not required)

Before requesting permission to register for CPH:4750 Undergraduate Global Learning in Public Health:

  • Identify a global learning activity (internship, research, study abroad, etc.) related to public health.
  • Meet with the CPH undergraduate academic advisor – Kim Klinedinst (kimberly-klinedinst@uiowa.edu) – to discuss timing and feasibility of the experience.
  • Meet with other campus offices (i.e., International Programs – Study Abroad, CPH Global Public Health Coordinator – Sophie Switzer, sophie-switzer@uiowa.edu) as advised by the CPH undergraduate program advisor.
  • Complete the application form that includes information about the global learning experience and asks students to describe how the specific global learning experience will contribute to their overall educational goals and/or career aspirations. To obtain this application form, contact Kim Klinedinst (kimberly-klinedinst@uiowa.edu), CPH Student Services.
  • The online application form will be circulated for signatures from the (1) CPH undergraduate academic advisor and (2) CPH undergraduate program director. All signatures must be obtained prior to receiving permission to register for CPH:4750.

In addition to completing the components of the global learning experience, the student must also fulfill the following requirements for CPH:4750 Undergraduate Global Learning in Public Health:

  • The student will complete an early-term (during the third week) and end-of-term self-assessment. Online forms will be provided by the Undergraduate Program Office.
  • The student’s supervisor will complete an early-term check-in (during the third week) and end-of-term semester evaluation of the student’s performance. Online forms will be provided by the Undergraduate Program Office.
  • The student must submit a final written report to the Undergraduate Program Office. The report should include a summary of the global learning activities in which the student was involved and demonstration of how the activity contributed to student’s education and/or career goals. The Undergraduate Program Office will provide further guidance related to the required components and formatting of this report.
  • Present at an oral or poster presentation in a venue approved by the Undergraduate Program Office.

Registration for academic credit:

If the global learning activity is either an internship or a research activity, without additional academic program (i.e., study abroad), the following rules apply for registration for academic credit:

During the fall and spring semester, students should register for:

  • 1 s.h. for 5 hours of global learning activity/week
  • 2 s.h. for 6-10 hours of global learning activity/week
  • 3 s.h. for 11-15+ hours of global learning activity/week

During the 8-week summer session, students should register for:

  • 1 s.h. for 10 hours of global learning activity/week
  • 2 s.h. for 11-20 hours of global learning activity/week
  • 3 s.h. for 21-30+ hours of global learning activity/week

Students who are receiving payment for their global learning activity should register for 0 s.h. At a minimum, students should be engaged in 5 hours/week of global learning activity during the fall or spring semester and 10 hours/week of global learning activity during the 8-week summer session.

Students who wish to receive public health elective credit for courses completed as a part of their global learning experience should contact the CPH undergraduate academic advisor – Kim Klinedinst(kimberly-klinedinst@uiowa.edu) – to discuss what credits may transfer and how many credits may transfer.

 


Questions or comments? Contact Margaret Chorazy. This page was last reviewed on March 27, 2019.