Global Health Scholars Program
The Global Health Scholars Program (GHSP) is a collaborative project, developed in conjunction with multiple departments including Family and Community Medicine, Humanities Medicine, Pediatrics, Public Health Sciences, and Penn State’s School of Nursing. GHSP is an innovative approach in allowing students and faculty to participate in making a difference for people in an impoverished setting.
The GHSP will allow medical (and in the near future nurse practitioner) students to work together, both in the classroom as well as in the field. Supervised by faculty, the Global Health Scholars take part in two immersive trips to Ecuador. The first trip primarily entails an introduction to the community and participation in developing a community health project. The second trip, occurring in the students’ senior year, will allow students to implement health improvement projects. Students will also receive pre-trip safety sessions, in-country medical education specific to Ecuador, and several sessions by our faculty on global and community health related issues.
Through this longitudinal relationship with the Ecuadorian community, it is our hope and expectation that students and faculty will be greatly enriched and the health and welfare of the people of Ecuador will be measurably improved.
The GHSP is open to first year medical students attending Penn State's College of Medicine and each year 5-7 students will be selected through a competitive application process.
Through completion of this four-year track students will receive the following:
- Credit for completion of GHSP specific electives (new 2009-2010)
- Letter of completion of the GHSP
- Mentoring relationships with highly interested faculty
- Opportunities to develop medical Spanish skills
- Potential completion of Medical Student Research project (MSR) requirement
Under the direction of faculty, students will gain skills for community engagement, basic health data collection and analysis, and community health intervention development with implementation. Students will be integral decision-makers in the program with the goal of measurably improving the health of the residents of San Pablo, Ecuador.
Please also visit the GHSP Wiki Site for further information about the partnering community, San Pablo.
Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions.
- December 1st: Application process closes
- December 31st: Scholars are selected and notifications are mailed
- January: Orientation and Welcome session
- February, March, April: Monthly Global Health Sessions
- Mid-May: Pre-trip educational sessions
- Late May thru Mid-June: Trip to Ecuador with faculty