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Pre-Departure Preparation

Welcome to Global Health Initiative's preparation section for International Experiences. The information found here will help you prepare for your time abroad. Please take the time to read through the information to gain a greater understand of Global Health and your role in it!! 

The information will:


  • help you plan and think about an international experience;
  • give you information about Global Health as a whole;
  • describe some of the medical and clinical conditions that you may encounter; and
  • review the travel materials/forms that you need to complete.

Our hope is that you or your group will use this site to not only better prepare for your trip, but also to gain new insights and perspectives that will enhance your trip and help you integrate your experience into your clinical practice and medical career after you return.

Pre-departure Packet - A printable resource that includes travel safety, keeping yourself healthy abroad, a packing list and more!

First Do No Harm:  A Qualitative Research Documentary  - This documentary explores the ethics of global health clinical electives and volunteer projects in developing regions. 

You may also want to check out this International Travel Checklist on Pinterest