Aiming to expand students’ research and professional experience in addressing global health issues, the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health coordinates practicum opportunities to enhance the recruitment of diverse students into global health research and practice.

The pages below provide more information about international practicum internships coordinated by USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health faculty. If you are a Master of Public Health or other USC student seeking a global health practicum or directed research opportunity, please contact your program advisers first in order to get the most accurate and current information about all opportunities available to you.

World Health Organization

Geneva Practicum: World Health Assembly Global Health Governance & Diplomacy in Practice in Geneva at the World Health Assembly - The USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health provides public health students the opportunity to participate in the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.  As delegates, students can witness  diplomacy and governance in action on the global stage.
Master of Public Health students enrolled in the four-unit course “Global Health Governance & Diplomacy in Practice in Geneva” have the option to fulfill their practicum requirements by extending their stay in Geneva for a 6-8 week internship following the annual World Health Assembly in May. Information about enrollment is sent out by the MPH program each Spring semester. Learn more »

Costa Rica

Health and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica - This course in Costa Rica educates students about health and sustainable development in Costa Rica. The course “Health & Sustainable Development  in Costa Rica” (PM 599, 4 units) was offered from June 1-13, 2019. Led by professors Shubha Kumar and Mellissa Withers, the course will explore how climate change, biodiversity loss, migration, sustainable development, and…


Panama Practicum - The USC Master of Public Health Program provides students the opportunity to travel to Panama to work on public health projects for two weeks.

Practicum Fellowships

The USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health offers funded fellowships that, in some cases, fulfill MPH practicum requirements. Students must apply to be considered for these limited positions. Learn more »