Global Health and Physiology

Are you interested in learning about health care in developing countries?  Interested in applying current medical research solutions to global health challenges?  Looking for hands-on experiences that allow you to serve others using what you’ve learned?

Then join the Summer 1 Study Abroad Course:  Global Health and Physiology (GPH 425)


There is a connection between medicine, research, culture, and government– and that connection is global health.  During this course, you’ll receive hands-on experience working in global medicine as we travel together to a developing country and conduct free medical service clinics.  You’ll meet people, care for them, learn their culture, and see the challenging reality facing the global public health field—all while proposing your own solutions to global health problems, analyzing ground breaking medical research, and applying basic anatomy and physiology principles in the field.Belize Summer 2014 139

Purpose of the Course:  Introduce you to the physiology of disease research, tropical medicine, and global health issues that can be addressed with basic global health and physiology understanding while providing an outlet for service and global knowledge.

Our Goal:  To synthesize current anatomy/physiology research with practical global medicine challenges, developing strategies and solutions to current global health issues while participating in a global health initiative through medical service learning.

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Travel Information:  Belize

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Want to join us?  Study Abroad – Global Physiology Page, Apply Now!

“I would have never imagined that one class could make me look at nearly everything differently.”  ~Brittany McDowell, Summer 2014

“Going to Belize has broadened my horizons and exposed me to different cultures and ways of life. The impact it had on me will be everlasting. “  Shannon Osborne, Summer 2014

“This global health and physiology class has been more than I could have ever expected it to be. The three weeks in the classroom was enough alone to sell me on wanting to further my education on global health. Through this class, my path for my future has slightly been altered. I have always known that I wanted to be in health care, but now I know that somehow I want to integrate global health into my future…. Throughout my life I have always known that serving others is what I love, and that’s what influenced me to pursue health care. My heart feels so full now that I have found something that I can truly be proud of, and leave the world a better place than before.” ~Meredith Sokolowski, Summer 2014

“I am sad this class had to come to an end.  I could have spent several more weeks being inspired by all the remarkable global health projects that are being carried out by self-sacrificing and dedicated people.  Global health is a truly an amazing field with a lot of work that stills needs to be done.  I am eagerly looking forward to my next opportunity to get involved and plan to continue to do so for the rest of my life.”  Trent Beeninga, Summer 2014

“As a whole this class has been the best experience in my life and I would recommend it to everyone I know. It taught me more then I could have ever imagined and really opened my eyes to how much trouble parts of the world are really in, just motivates me to find a profession in Global Health and help the world.” Thomas Hubbard, Summer 2014


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