Organizations and Programs

As you prepare for your Global Health experience, make a list of your expectations and goals. Do you speak any other languages? Do you need a place where they speak English? Are you looking specifically for a primary care/district hospital?

About this list

This is a partial list of organizations that have programs in various areas of the world. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson does not maintain a direct relationship with any of these organizations or programs, although faculty members are familiar with most of them.

Those programs for which we have had someone attend or have specific country programs are now located in the NetID required listings under specific country)

We also list a number of medical schools with links to sites. Some are programs within that medical school and you will have to contact that school for more details.

When known, general information about the health care services offered is included below. Website addresses are also listed. Check program websites for more details.

About religiously affiliated sites

While many of the programs are affiliated with religious organizations, some are less strict than others about your beliefs. Don't eliminate them from your search just because they have mission in their titles.

Other places to find a site

This is not the only way to secure a site. The best starting point for UAz CoM students is our password protected Rotations Abroad (see link at left). Second best is this list.

Finally, if you do not find here what you want, you can search on your own. The most important factor in selection of any site is how well it meets the stated goals of the Externship (preclinical) or Preceptorship (clinical years).

Organizations and programs

Partners in Health: (multiple sites)
  • Volunteer opportunities but website does not speifically offer any for students. Contact to find out.
Project HOPE: (multiple sites)
  • Delivers essential medicines and supplies, health expertise and medical training to respond to disaster, prevent disease, promote wellness and save lives around the globe.
  • Volunteer for specific projects

USAID Global Health Fellows Program II (2 year commitment) for Residents and Professionals

  • Work in a variety of global health techinicalareas ranging from maternal and chld health to nutriton to HIV/AIDS
  • Work full time for 2 years
  • Also available is an internship program with USAID - application deadline in December

World Medical Mission - Samaritan's Purse

  • Places Christian physicians,dentists and other medical professionals
  • Resident Assistance Fund - assist talented and dedicated medical residents from the United States and Canada
  • Post-Residency Program - 2-year program immediately folloing residency or fellowship


Organizations with Databases to check

American Association of Family Physicians:   Serivce Opportunities for Students and Residents

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

CDC - Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)

  • Apply in your 2nd or 3rd year of medical school - Application deadline is early December

CDC - Coordinating Office for Global Health

  •  Open to preclinical and clinical students, public health students

Child Family Health - 2 week Intensive Programs - for preclinical medical students - 2 weeks in August

Christian Medical And Dental Associations (CMDA): (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Pacific)

        Sites for Medical Mission Experience

Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF)

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO): Select via specialty

  • Mostly for residents and professionals but contact if you have an interest to see if an opening.

Missions for PreMedical and Medical Students: (multiple countries)

  •  List of Missions with opportunites for Preclinical and Clinical medical students

Mission Hospitals list - (Africa, Asia, latina America, South Pacific)

  • Provided by World Medical Mission and Samaritan's Purse
  • You don't need to go through WMM to apply to these hospitals

United States and Canadian medical schools with Global Health programs and electives

Baylor Electives Abroad
Boston University Family Medicine Global Health Collaborative
Brown Medical International Health Electives -  for 2nd year residents
Case Western Reserve. Center for Global Health and Diseases
Cornell Global Health electives
Creighton University - Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC):  Programs
Dartmouth Blog (has reviews from students of specific sites)
Dartmouth World Health Volunteer Opportunties - list of organizations and programs
George Washington University International Medicine Programs and electives
Loma Linda University International Programs -  Students for Interantional Mission Service (SIMS): Short term group trips
Ohio University - Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute
University of Alberta Global Health
University of California San Francisco Global Health Sciences
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Global Health Elective
University of North Carolina Office of International Activities
University of Washington : Department of Global Health
Vanderbilt International Health electives - Global Research

Other Resources

Choosing an International Elective: A Roadmap for your Decision. How do you choose an International Elective? A Collaboration of Child Family Health Interantional and Medsin-UK

Centers for Disease Control -

Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH):

Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) > Resources

  • Does not have a list of sites but has many resources to help you prepare

US State Department ;

          Alerts and Warnings -


Travel Resources

Raptim Travel

"Global Leaders in Humanitarian, Missionary & Religious Airfairs" 800-777-9232

STA Travel

Student and Teacher flight discounts, including student travel card. 800-781-4040

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