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Electives Off Campus

Students may pursue individually arranged summer electives and final year clerkships in global health. The minimum program length that will be considered for an individually arranged elective is four consecutive weeks. Advanced application and approval is required.

Registration for off-campus Electivesmust be completed at least six weeks in advance

  • Submit registration packet electronically to Global Health Programs a minimum of 48 hours before your registration approval meeting with the Global Programs Director.  (Handwritten forms will not be accepted). 
  • You must complete a separate application for each elective/clerkship requested. Click the link next to the desired elective and complete the application form.
    MED:8083 --Global Health Programs Elective (M1/M2 Summer: Microsoft Office document iconInternationalMicrosoft Office document iconDomestic)
    MED:8480 Global Health Programs Clerkship (Advanced, M3/M4:Microsoft Office document iconInternationalMicrosoft Office document iconDomestic)
  • Approval meeting setup: Email Global Health Program Director and provide your availability for a face-to-face meeting.
  • Attend required orientation session (you will be notified of scheduled session after you have registered)

We recommend you begin talking with the Global Health Programs Director at least 2 months in advance of your planned elective.

Global Health Programs offers opportunities across a range of settings including domestic community sites both in and outside of Iowa, and in international communities including, but not limited to:

North America: Canada, United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
including: Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and St. Lucia

South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru

Europe: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey

Africa: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Nepal, Philippines, People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and Vietnam

Australia: New Zealand, Samoa, and Vanuatu