The Institute has partners throughout the world willing to host students for global health immersion experiences and internships. Interested students are encouraged to contact the Institute with specific information about where they are interested in going and what topics they would like to focus on. Students are responsible for funding their travel and stay.
Yasmin Alia Khan, MPH student
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Alia had the opportunity to intern at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva Switzerland. She worked for the Communications Team in the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) on multiple projects, including assisting with the development of the World No Tobacco Day 2009 campaign. Alia experienced first-hand the functioning of a large intergovernmental organization by attending meetings, interacting with other departments within the organization, and meeting remarkable leaders in global health, including Director-General Margaret Chan.
Shanelle Ueyama, MPH Student
WHO Kobe Center, Kobe, Japan
Shanelle interned at the WHO Kobe Center in Japan, the hub of the Knowledge Network on Urban Settings of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH). The Commission consists of leading global experts on health, education, housing and economics and has a three-year mandate to seek the best ways to address health as social determinants and safeguard the health of poor and marginalized populations. Shanelle investigated the effects of second-hand smoke (SHS) and policies to control SHS exposure in the public.
Sonny Patel and Luke Manley, MPH Students
University of Istanbul
Sonny and Luke travelled to Istanbul, Turkey to research the Turkish health care system. They focused on the transition from mainly public, community-based medicine, to a privatized system. The aim of the project was to gain a better understanding of the hospital system by working with doctors and clinical psychologists. Throughout their stay, they conducted a series of needs assessment interviews with health care practitioners working in the major health care sectors (private, public, or both). Their research gave them insight into the immense complexity of balancing all the different aspects of health care development and provision within a society.