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

Independent Global Health Opportunities

Where to Find Global Health Opportunities

The Global Health Initiative  initiativeand 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.

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 healthcare professions as well as general global health opportunities.

Learn more about Child Family Health International in this recording of a recent presentation to OHIO Students.  

Questions? Come see us in Grover Center E118 or contact us at globalhealth@ohio.edu !


Independent Opportunities for:

College of Health Sciences & Professions & Other Students  (other than Physician Assistant)

OHIO Physician Assistant Students

Physical Therapy Eduglobal Placements

First and Second Year Heritage College Medical Students

Third and Fourth Year Heritage College Medical Students

Funding Your Travel


CHSP & Other Students Interested In Global Health

CHSP Students (except PA students) 

Click here  for information on how to apply to Non-OHIO programs, for independent study, research or OHIO-affiliated travel.

Physician Assistant (PA) Students

Students in the physician assistant program can complete a month long global health rotation during the school year through Child Family Health International in La Paz, Bolivia  or during the summer (June) through the Ohio University Botswana Healthcare program in Gaborone, Botswana.   

First Steps - Physician Assistant Students

  1. Contact Denielle Vazquez or Kristin Lugo to indicate your interest in an independent rotation.  
  2. For CFHI programs, work with Denielle Vazquez to complete the CFHI application process.
  3. To apply for rotation approval, follow the  PA Checklist for Independent International Rotations 2018-19  and complete the necessary paperwork. The Global Health application process includes payment of a $150 rotation fee that will be charged to your student account.
  4. Complete the  online application  and  supplemental application. In the online application system look for the program  Various: Independent Rotation Physician Assistant. Upload or return the supplemental application to  globalhealth@ohio.edu.
  5. Review, sign and return the  Guidelines for Ethical Practice for International Programs  (PDF).
  6. For credit, follow instructions provided by the PA program.  

Physical Therapy Eduglobal Placements

Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program have the option of completing an 8-12 week clinical experience with Eduglobal within six rehabilitation centers in Italy either in the spring or summer of their 3rd year.  

  1. Contact Paula DeLorm  for more information.
  2. Follow the PT Eduglobal Placements Checklist  (PDF).
  3. Apply to Eduglobal by the Eduglobal deadline (February 15, April 15 or June 15) of the year prior to travel.
  4. Once your placement is confirmed, complete the online application and supplemental application  (Word). In the online system look for Italy: PT Eduglobal Placement.
  5. Review, sign and return the  Guidelines for Ethical Practice for International Programs  (PDF).
  6. For credit, follow the instructions provided by the PT Program.  

Heritage College Students

Heritage College students can participate in programs with  Child Family Health International  and  International Service Learning. Heritage College students can also arrange their own programs through church organizations, other universities, hospitals and the  American Medical Student Association

Select your program carefully.  This article identifies some of the issues to consider: " Some Health Programs Overseas Let Students Do Too Much Too Soon. "

First and Second Year Heritage College Students

The summer between the first and second years at the Heritage College offer an opportunity for medical students to participate in  independent medical related travel. Year one and two students do not receive credit for this travel and are  NOT covered under Heritage College malpractice insurance. Please follow these steps to  register medical related travel  with the Heritage College and Ohio University.  Travel to countries with state department warnings is discouraged. Travel to countries with International SOS Ratings of medium or higher may require additional review. Information on current state department warnings can be found at:  Travel.State.Gov. You will be provided with international health insurance coverage for your travel and the cost will be posted to your OHIO student account.  

First Steps - Heritage College Years 1 and 2 - Independent Medical Related Travel

  1. Complete the  Affiliated Travel Packet  and return to the  Global Health Initiative.  We will forward to the office of global opportunities.
  2. Complete the online  supplemental application  and return to the  Global Health Initiative.
  3. Review and sign the  Guidelines for Ethical Practice  and return to the  Global Health Initiative.
  4. All documents will be reviewed by the Global Health Initiative and you will be notified by e-mail if there are any additional resources needed for your safety and security.
  5. Follow the  checklist  to complete preparations for your trip.

Malpractice Insurance Coverage

International malpractice insurance is available through the  Academic Group  if needed.  

Third and Fourth Year Heritage College Students

The fourth year is the ideal time for OCOM 8911 Elective Global Health Rotations and we suggest that all fourth year rotations be completed by mid-April. Rotations in the third year can be made under special circumstances and if scheduled early with your clinical site. To receive credit you must complete the application process and work with your clinical education office to ensure that there is a preceptor and education/affiliation agreement in place. You must be in good academic and judicial standing to participate. All independent rotations must be planned 6-12 months in advance.

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First Steps - Heritage College Years 3 & 4 - OCOM 8911 Global Health Elective

  1. Contact the  Global Health Initiative  to indicate your interest in an independent rotation. We are happy to provide assistance in identifying a location or program and completing the application process.  
  2. Identify a program, location and preceptor.  
  3. Follow the  Checklist for Independent Global Health Elective Rotations 2018-19  to apply for the program and complete the necessary paperwork. The application process includes payment of a $150 administrative fee.
  4. If your preceptor and/or international host institution do not have current agreements with OHIO, you will need to request that your clinical administrator initiate the completion of a Faculty Profile Form and a host institution Affiliation or Educational Agreement. These forms must be received before your rotation can be approved (your clinical education office may contact the  Global Health Initiative  if they need more information on this process).
  5. Complete the  online application  and  supplemental application (word) *.  In the online application system look for the program  Various: Independent International Rotation (Medical). Upload or return the supplemental application to  globalhealth@ohio.edu. *Please note if you are travelling with other students you must independently complete the supplemental application.
  6. Review, sign and return the  Guidelines for Ethical Practice for International Programs.
  7. For credit, follow the appropriate OCOM 8911 syllabus:  Class of 2019  or Class of 2020

Rotations to countries with State Department Warnings will not be approved. Travel to countries with International SOS ratings of medium or higher may require additional review. Information on current state department warnings can be found at:  https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html

Malpractice Insurance Coverage

Students participating in for credit courses are covered under Ohio University's malpractice insurance coverage for Global Health Elective Rotations. 

Sites with Existing Agreements

Organization

Location/Focus

Information

Agreements

Child Family Health International Multiple locations and topic areas www.cfhi.org affiliation agreement; preceptor documentation
Centro Evagelico de Medicina do Lubango - Dr. Tim Kubacki Genera; Angola remote clinics globalhealth@ohio.edu Affiliation agrement; preceptor documentation
CerviCusco Cusco, Peru; women's cervical cancer clinic www.friendsofcervicusco.org Affiliation Agreement; preceptor documentation
University Hospital, University of Crete General; Crete, Greece contact Evi Kortsidaki; intreloff@med.uoc.gr

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Blogs of Current and Past Global Health Elective Rotations