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Office of Global Health

Global Opportunities for UC Medical Students

Medical students interested in global health experiences – whether for credit, during break times, or as part of a leave of absence - should discuss their plans with Jason Blackard - Director of the Office of Global Health - at or 513-558-4389.

Medical students considering any type of international experience should also contact UC International for information on planning their time abroad and to learn about various forms of financial support.

Global Health Electives 

There are several electives under which students seeking global or international medical education activities may register:

PMM 7053i - Global Health Volunteerism:  

1st year medical students seeking credit for global/international health activities must register for this course.  Medical students enrolled in this course may travel anywhere in the world as long as the learning objectives are well articulated, an on-site preceptor (MD or PhD) has been identified in the sponsoring country/organization, and the elective is approved by the Office of Global Health and UC International.  Interested individuals should contact the elective director - Jason Blackard.  This course requires completion of an online application at PMM 7053i by March 1st.

Family Medicine 060138 (and 060139) - Global Health Care
This four-week elective is offered for fourth year medical students, as well as other health professional students and residents.  The elective combines a field experience in Guatemala or Tanzania with didactics in global health in Cincinnati.  During the field experience, participants offer field clinics in low resource, underserved villages in rural Guatemala or rural Tanzania through Village Life Outreach Project.  The course is team-taught and interactive, focused on care of vulnerable populations in domestic and international settings, and utilizes the social determinants of health as a framework.  This course can be taken for ICE credit.  Interested individuals should contact the elective director Dr. Christy O'Dea or Maggie Hey for Guatemala or Dr. Chris Lewis for Tanzania.

Medical Education 280179 - Global and International Medical Education:  
All 4th year medical students seeking elective credit for global/international health activities must register for this course, except for those registering for the activities sponsored by Family Medicine through FAM 060138.  This elective has been created to provide a single point of entry for students interested in global health elective activities and to facilitate and coordinate such activities on behalf of the College of Medicine.  This course cannot be taken for ICE credit.  Interested individuals should contact the elective director - Jason Blackard.  This course requires completion of an online application at MED 280179.

Family Medicine 280131 - Medical Spanish / Latino Health

The Medical Spanish/Latino Health elective is offered to eligible first year medical students and is a four-year longitudinal experience.  Students will receive fourth year elective credit for the coursework, which consists of online Spanish language training during year 1, an intensive medical Spanish course during the summer between years 1 and 2, evening didactic sessions and Spanish conversation groups during year 2, standardized Spanish patient encounters, and service learning opportunities in the local community and abroad.  Interested individuals should contact the elective director Dr. Christy O'Dea

Students searching for additional international opportunities may consult the working database compiled by the Office of Global Health at International Opportunities for Students in Health Fields or the Public Health Pathways database using the keyword "international".

Several books providing comprehensive descriptions of global health opportunities include:

by Paul Drain, Stephen Huffman, Sara Pirtle, and Kevin Chan (2008)

by Jessica Evert, Paul Drain, and Thomas Hall (2013)

by Jack Chase and Jessica Evert (2011)


International Collaborations

The College of Medicine participates in several activity agreements that offer student exchanges. For instance, there is an active agreement with the College of Medicine of Ludwig Maximillian University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. LMU is one of the largest and oldest medical research and care institutions in Western Europe.  

Medical students from LMU may participate in College of Medicine courses and clerkships, and UC students may study in Munich. There are also medical student research opportunities at LMU for students who do not speak German. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Kathy Wedig

Other exchange programs for medical students, graduate students, faculty, and/or house staff based at the College of Medicine or at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center include Chongqing Medical University (China), University of Lubeck (Germany), Universidad Iberoamericana (Dominican Republic), Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru), United Arab Emirates University (UAE), Ben Gurion University (Israel), Tel Aviv University (Israel), and Alfaisal University (Saudi Arabia).  

To learn more, interested students should contact Jason Blackard at or 513-558-4389.


A group of four Medical Students

Interested in a Global Experience?

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