The information below is only a summary. Please review the “Global Health Elective (GHE) Criteria & Requirements
” to see the complete information and before submitting an application.
Step 1: Choose an elective
6+ Months Prior to Global Health Elective
Step 2: Host Approval and Visa
- The first step in setting up a GHE is to review the “Global Health Elective (GHE) Criteria & Requirements” and then choose an elective. Ideally this should begin at least six months ahead of time (more if possible). One way is by working with the OGH to arrange an elective at one of our affiliated institutions. The second is to work with an organization that arranges elective programs for medical students; e.g., Child Family Health International. The third way is arranging for an elective through a personal contact, e.g., a family friend is a physician in India.
- The host site must be in a developing nation (lower, lower middle, or upper middle income). The World Bank provides a list of qualifying countries.
60+ Days Prior to Global Health Elective
- The next step is initiating contact with the program or contact to find out how to apply (If you are going to an affiliated institution, you will work directly with the OGH). You will need an acceptance letter from the host institution/program to submit with the GHE application.
- Determine if you will need a visa. Depending on where you travel, your visa may require several months of lead time to obtain.
Step 3: Global Health Elective Application
Once accepted to the program you’ve chosen, complete and submit the GHE application
to Jessica Small
. Applications must be submitted by the dates outlined in the application deadline table.
Step 4: Global Health Elective Approval
Within two weeks of submitting your application, you will be notified as to whether your request has been approved or not. If approved, you will be sent an e-mail containing instructions for completing the online Office of International Affairs (OIA) application and an "Application for Global Health Elective Registration" form. Funding will not be awarded until pre-travel requirements are met.
Step 5: Pre-travel Preparation
- Each student must complete an OIA application online at Buckeye Link (click on "Study Abroad" under the heading, "Academics, Advising") and submit a fee of $150 by the dates outlined in the application deadline table. The fee includes the cost of travel insurance for the duration of the GHE.
- Each student will be sent an "Application for Global Health Elective Registration" for with their GHE acceptance e-mail. This form needs to be signed by Student Financial Services, the OGH, and a COM associate dean.
- Each student must have a one-on-one session with the OGH program coordinator, which will include an explanation of the GHE requirements and site-specific tips on travel safety and cultural competency. This meeting can be set up once the student has been approved by the OGH for a GHE.
- Each student must complete the designated modules (please see "GHE Criteria and Requirements" for the specific modules needed) from the USAID Global Health eLearning Center and must submit a certificate of completion for each module prior to travel. USAID suggests that the modules will take from 7 to 12 hours in total to complete depending on the topic and your knowledge. Most students find it takes far less time than that.
- The student is responsible for taking the preceptor evaluation form to the rotation and returning the evaluation to the OGH.
Step 6: Funding Deposit
Funding will be deposited once pre-travel requirements are completed. Your GHE funding will be posted via direct deposit. Please allow up to two weeks for this transaction to be posted after you have completed all pre-elective requirements.
3 Weeks After the Global Health Elective (Requirements for rotation 9 are due April 16, 2013)
Step 7: Evaluation
The student is responsible for returning the preceptor evaluation to the OGH, who will then complete a grade card. Each student must complete a course and site evaluation on medStar.
Step 8: Report
The student is required to write a detailed report of their experience and upload it to the Carmen dropbox (document must be submitted in Microsoft Word). The dropbox is located in the Carmen course titled, "Global Health Education 2012-2013."
Step 9: Final Grade
All requirements must be submitted within three weeks of completing the GHE or a grade of “Incomplete” will be posted to the student’s record. Requirements are due on April 16 for rotation 9.