Global Health Courses for Undergraduates

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Study abroad is an important way for pre-health students to build transferable skills that allow them to be competitive candidates for a health profession program. Global awareness, and an understanding of global health are now essential competencies for any health career. Study abroad allows you to grow through feet-on-the ground experiences in other countries.

The University of Minnesota offers a number of health-related study abroad experiences that can be found here.

In addition, the Health Careers Center has collaborated with the Learning Abroad Center to create two very specific programs for pre-med and pre-health students. Read more about our programs below! More information can be found on each program's page.

Global Future Physician

The Global Future Physician is a 3 credit global seminar held during the winter break. This program is led by two US physicians, and taught by a number of physicians from India. The program is always competitive, and has a limit of 26 students.

Global Health in Thailand

The Global Health in Thailand: Humans, Elephants & Disease is also a 3 credit winter break program, but combines two weeks in Thailand with 7 classes, one hour each week,  Jan-March.  This class, led by health professionals,  looks at the relationship between human health and animal health – with a particular focus on tuberculosis in elephants and humans.

One Student's Perspective

"The Global Future Physician Course opened my eyes to an entirely new perspective on global medicine. It challenged my views and put me out of my comfort zone enough to discover where these new ideas fit into my picture of myself as a future physician. I made lasting friendships and was able to explore a whole new culture. I will always treasure my experiences in India because this experience transformed me into the global citizen that I am today." TM, Year 1