Independent Global Health Opportunities

Student Doctor Emily Herfel with HCOM Alumni Dr. Tim Kubacki Angola

New Ohio Student Travel Policy (Domestic & International):  

Ohio University has approved a new Student Travel Policy(opens in a new window), designed to manage University-affiliated student travel and support the safety of our student travelers. 

This policy defines student travel as taking place over 100 miles from the student’s campus of departure, including an overnight stay, and/or taking place outside the state of Ohio. For eCampus students, their campus of departure is defined as their home. For medical students on clinical rotation, their campus of departure is defined as the site of their clinical rotation.  See more. (opens in new window).


COVID-19 related university pre-approval and review requirements have been lifted for students participating in study away, study abroad as well as independent, non-OHIO program travel including internships, research, exchange, volunteer, clinicals, work, and conferences.

COVID-19 still impacts travel, especially to international destinations. Students planning to participate in the above experiences should research country and local requirements carefully. Create a personal health and emergency plan for your trip covering all health advisories. 

Regarding COVID-19, be sure to consider the following:

  • COVID-19 entry requirements in the countries you plan to visit, if any.
  • Current COVID-related guidelines and requirements for visitors in the countries you plan to visit.
  • Requirements for quarantine or isolation, if any, if you test positive for COVID-19 while abroad.
  • Plans for housing, meal delivery and other necessities if you have to quarantine or isolate.

Resources to help plan your experience can be found at

Where to Find Global Health Opportunities

The Global Health Initiative initiative and the Office of Global Opportunities website provide information on all OHIO faculty directed study abroad programs and links to information on affiliated third party provider organizations that offer study abroad, exchange, work, internship and service learning experiences. Several of these third party programs offer public health, global health and other community health opportunities. You can find more information on Non-OHIO programs, volunteer opportunities, internships, independent study, research or OHIO affiliated travel here. All OHIO student education related travel including internships, volunteer opportunities, and research must be registered with the Office of Global Opportunities.  See more information and register here

Child Family Health International and International Service Learning offer opportunities with sustained community health programs in several countries. These programs offer clinical experiences for the health care professions as well as general global health opportunities.

Questions? Come see us in Grover Center E118 or contact us at!  

Considerations for Opportunities & Selecting Programs:  Not Above the Law: A Legal and Ethical Analysis of Short-Term Experiences in Global Health

Global Health Independent Opportunities for:

Physical Therapy Eduglobal Placements

Heritage College Medical Students Years 1 & 2

 Heritage College Medical Students Year 4

Funding Your Travel