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Global Health Overview
Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) views global health education as an important component of its educational mission. Tufts graduates and faculty are engaged in collaborations in research, education, and training with colleagues in a number of countries around the world and serve as advisors and mentors for students planning global health experiences. Participation in field experiences is a key component of our approach to global health education. Together with our international partners, we prepare our graduates to be part of a growing number of health professionals equipped with the skills needed for clinical, research, and public health careers with an increasing global health dimension.
All students are invited to apply for a global health program during their time at TUSM. Opportunities for short-term programs are available to students during the summer period between years one and two, and to fourth-year students who would like to complete a clinical elective abroad.
- Vellore, India
- Accra, Ghana
- Opportunities for independent projects in other sites will also be considered
To help students offset the cost of international travel associated with a global health experience, we offer partial funding opportunities through the TUSM Global Health Travel Grant. Students may also apply for other Tufts grants; however, those who accept other Tufts grants are not eligible to receive the TUSM Global Health Travel grant in addition.
Tufts Commitment to Global Health
Tufts School of Medicine views global health education as an important component of its educational mission. This is in recognition of the need to equip health professionals of the 21st century with the knowledge and skills requisite for engagement in clinical, research and public health careers with an increasing global health dimension.
In addition to formal instruction in the public health programs, the school also offers opportunities for students to gain exposure to global and public health in international settings. Students in the global health track of the MPH program may elect to complete a required, applied learning experience (ALE) at one of our international sites. In addition, all students (whether or not they are pursuing a formal degree in public health) may elect to participate in a service-learning experience in global health during their tenure at Tufts School of Medicine. Students may choose among a number of established or independent placement global health programs, including opportunities in India, Panama and Ghana.
All global health experiences supported by a TUSM travel grant are required to meet the following criteria:
- The proposed experience is in a resource-challenged setting.
- There is an opportunity for cultural immersion.
- There is exposure to a healthcare system different from the U.S.
- There is an opportunity to learn about healthcare disparities and innovative solutions.
A number of Tufts graduates and faculty are engaged in collaborations in research, education and training with colleagues in a number of countries around the world and serve as advisors and mentors for students planning global health experiences. Together with our international partners, Tufts' is preparing its graduates to be part of a growing cadre of health professionals equipped with the skills needed to tackle global health challenges around the world.