A global health field experience can be life-changing for students and trainees, and is an ideal complement to students’ health professional training and career. While this list is not exhaustive, it is intended to assist students interested in seeking out global health field experiences, and a may be a useful way to get started.
The inclusion of an organization on this list does not indicate that MUSC endorses that organization. Students should research each organization independently to ensure that the organization is a good fit with their own skills and values. Please contact the organizations directly to determine available opportunities and inquire about the application process.
Child Family Health International (CFHI)
CFHI provides community-based Global Health Education Programs for students and institutions. Our unique model fosters reciprocal partnerships and empowerment in local communities, transforming perspectives about self, healing and global citizenship. CFHI's 30+ programs in 10 countries connect students with local health professionals and community leaders transforming perspectives about self, global health, and healing. CFHI is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations.
Countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Uganda and Tanzania
Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children (FIMRC)
FIMRC is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs. Through its network of outpatient clinics and partnerships, FIMRC asserts a multidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts and health education programs.
Countries: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, and Uganda.
Global Medical Brigades
Global Medical Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams. Global Brigades offers skill-based 1-3 week brigades to Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Ghana. Each of these programs meet an aspect of our holistic model to strengthen the health and economic development of communities.
Countries: Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Ghana
Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE)
Himalayan Health Exchange's (HHE) expeditions combine service, education and adventure to provide care to the underserved populations in select, remote areas of Indo-Tibetan Borderlands. Each trip combines service and adventure, with team members providing care while also experiencing the land, its natural environment, people and culture.
International Service Learning
International Service Learning (ISL) presents a unique opportunity for students to be part of an international health team. As an international educational agency, ISL provides medical and educational teams of volunteers to provide services for the underserved populations of Central and South America, Mexico and Africa.
Countries: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Tanzania
MUSC Service Learners International
MUSC Service Learners International (SLI) is a student-led organization focused on delivering health care to the Central Plateau region of Haiti. In Haiti, SLI partners with Project Medishare, who has a long-lasting relationship with the Central Plateau population and provides infrastructure and a health care model to which SLI can partner each year. SLI works in collaboration with Project Medishare to deliver healthcare in the Central Plateau of Haiti. The goals of the group are to assess the health needs of the patient population, train and collaborate with local health care workers, assist in the improvement of local healthcare infrastructure, and promote awareness of heathcare in Haiti.
One World Health (OWH)
OneWorld Health’s short-term medical teams are a vital component of our vision to empower communities to achieve long-term improvements in health and quality of life. Several times a year, OneWorld Health sends teams of medical and non-medical volunteers to serve the communities surrounding our project sites in Uganda and Nicaragua. During the development phases of our medical centers, these teams provide consistent care to the region, build a foundation of quality care and advocate for the clinic that is to come.
Countries: Uganda, Nicaragua
Project OKURASE is a nonprofit in the United States and an NGO based in the rural village of Okurase, in the Upper West Akyem District of the eastern region of Ghana West Africa. Project OKURASE has a particular focus on women and orphans & vulnerable children across 6 main objectives: cultural exchange, economic self-sufficiency, education and technology, health and nutrition, Nkabom Centre, and, water and sanitation. Short term volunteer opportunities are available for health professional students.
Unite For Sight International Opportunities
Unite for Sight is a non-profit organization providing international medical opportunities to help restore eyesight and prevent blindness in African, Asian, and Latin American countries. All persons over the age of 18 are welcome to apply, including premedical students, medical students, public health professionals, doctors, corporate professionals, nurses, graduate students, retired professionals, and others. Short and long term volunteer opportunities for physicians are available as well.
MUSC is a member of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health (CUGH), which is another resource for locating education and training opportunities in global health. Visit this link for an annotated list of global health resources.