Introduction to Global Health

In this intensive two-week seminar, advanced undergraduate and early health professions students will explore key issues in global health, with a focus on comparative medicine between North and South American countries.

This course is offered in Guayaquil, Ecuador during the summer (typically June) and will carry 3 credit hours (currently sponsored by Lincoln University in Pennsylvania).

The program fee may vary based on enrollment, but is expected to be about $2750 for the course itself, or $3500 total including the course and the optional two-week internship.

Lecture/discussion topics include health systems, health ethics, natural disasters and humanitarian crises, and foreign aid and innovation. Guest lecturers and cultural activities/field trips will round out the course. Grading will be based on reflective journaling, in-class debates and presentations, and a final paper.

Course leadership includes WVU faculty Benjamin Silverberg, MD, MSc, FAAFP, Christopher Martin, MD, MSc, and Dana Friend, FNP-BC, MPH. For more information, please contact Dr. Silverberg at or Eduard Mandell at the Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI) at

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