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Global Health Track Students - Class of 2019

Welcome to Our Program!

The Global Health Program (GHP), formerly known as the International Health Program (IHP), at West Virginia University was established in 1991 as an interdisciplinary program at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Under the directorship of Melanie A. Fisher, MD, MSc, the GHP is composed of faculty, students, and staff who are interested in global health. The program is student-centered and its major activities promote education of students and all health professionals in global health.

Major activities of the Global Health Program (GHP) include providing opportunities for WVU students to have rotations in medicine and public health in developing countries and a variety of global settings. The GHP at WVU also provides annual course in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health (Tropical Medicine Course) for health care professionals every summer. The GHP welcomes participation of all health professions students including those in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and public health, as well as faculty and staff from the Health Sciences Center in order to promote interest and service in global health.

The Program Coordinator for the GHP and the Tropical Medicine Course is Nancy Sanders, PO Box 9164 Health Sciences Center, phone (304) 293-5916, fax (304) 293-2209, and email nsanders@hsc.wvu.edu. For student activities and other aspects of the Global Health Program contact Jacque Visyak, email jvisyak@hsc.wvu.edu.


Tropical Medicine Course

Date: June 27 - July 22, 2016 (In Person) / June 27, 2016 - March 1, 2017 (Online)

The course focuses on the imparting of essential skills and competencies in clinical tropical medicine, laboratory skills in a low-technology setting, epidemiology and disease control, and traveler's health. The didactic portion of the ASTMH course is conducted by both full-time and clinical faculty at WVU, and by visiting faculty from several American and foreign schools of medicine and public health. The course runs for 8 weeks during the summer months each year. Lecturers and demonstrators have had significant overseas experiences in clinical tropical medicine and/or tropical public health, and/or are nationally or internationally recognized in their field of expertise. The Global Health Program can help arrange for overseas field experience.

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Current Student Global Health Rotations

Duration: 4 weeks maximum

Offered: Selected months, usually February and April

Objectives include providing fourth medical students with experience in the practice of medicine in a global setting; introducing medical students to important global health issues; and preparing students for global travel. Students taking this elective will spend 4 weeks in a WVU-affiliated overseas hospital or clinic. Students in the Global Health Track will have the option of spending two 4 week rotations on a global health site. Sites currently include Barbuda, Brazil, China, Fiji, Guatemala, Italy, Oman, and Paraguay. Medical faculty serve as preceptors at the site during the 4 week rotation. Any student taking the elective must receive approval from Student Services. WVU School of Medicine also participates in the GHLO (Global Health Learning Opportunities) program which offers global electives approved by the AAMC. Through this program, students can apply for approved rotations in many countries. For more information, please visit their website (https://www.aamc.org/services/ghlo).

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