Global Health Programs for Medical Students

Global Health is a field of study that addresses the health of people and populations in a global context. It involves mutual teaching, research, and health care that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity worldwide. It examines the social determinants of health, addressing disparities including infectious and non-communicable disease issues, humanitarian response, as well as economic development and policy and system issues.

Medical students at the Carver College of Medicine have several ways to get involved with our Global Health Programs including:

Our global health involvement has stretched us from Iowa City across the world. A sample of recent activities includes:

  • Summer and winter global health book discussion groups for all medical students
  • Global Medicine Society and Global Health Journal Clubs
  • Student Physicians for Human Rights organization
  • Student-driven initiatives concerning refugee health and collaboration with medical student peers in Iraq
  • Seven MD graduates with Global Health Distinction in the class of 2017
  • 21 rising second-year medical students pursued global health community-based work in the following countries:
    • United States
    • Tanzania
    • Uganda
    • Gabon
    • Ecuador
    • France
    • India
    • China
  • 26 advanced clerkship students in the communities above plus Kenya, England, Guatemala, Brazil, Sweden, and Mexico
  • Attendance and presentations at local, regional, national, and international conferences
  • New scholarship partners

Special guest speakers have included:

  • Dr. John Lawrence (President on the Board of Directors for MSF-USA) on MSF recent endeavors
  • Dr. Selma Jeronimo, Director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine and Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil
  • Dr. Denny and Mrs. Paula Lofstrum of International Health Partners on the first pediatric hospital in Tanzania
  • Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, founder and President of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement in India on comprehensive determinants of health

For more details on our work, read our director's blog at http://medcom.uiowa.edu/globalprograms/

To explore how you can be involved, contact the Carver College of Medicine Global Health Programs office.