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Global Health Leadership Program

The mission of the Johns Hopkins Global Health Leadership Program (GHLP) is to train future global healthcare leaders through an exchange of cultural, clinical, and educational knowledge and skills. The GHLP, which is open to students from the Johns Hopkins University schools of medicine, nursing and public health, provides transformational, interprofessional learning experiences for participants and tangible benefits to host institutions and organizations. Program participants will be prepared to leverage their skills as leaders in global health in clinical practice and in programmatic and research activities.

While abroad, students will work and learn in a multidisciplinary and interprofessional environment, incorporating expertise from physicians, non-physician providers, nurses, and public health experts.  JHU students will work directly with students from the schools of medicine, nursing, and public health at the international site on a scholarly project, such as a quality improvement initiative or research project that can be completed during their time abroad. During their international rotations, students will also have the option to spend time at a governmental or non-governmental organization to further enhance their global health experience. Interested students can also do a separate programmatic internship at WHO.

In addition to this global health elective, other JHU clinical and research international opportunities can be found at the Center for Global Health.

The Global Health Leadership Program includes:

  • Pre-departure training
  • Programmatic experience (internship) - optional
    • WHO Emergency and Essential Surgical Care
  • Well-supervised clinical experience at the international site
  • Interdisciplinary scholarly project
  • Post-departure debriefing

Course Objectives

The goal of the Global Health Leadership Program is to train future global health care leaders by providing training of the highest degree in a collaborative, interprofessional learning environment. During this course, students will:

  • Develop and demonstrate leadership skills
  • Expand clinical skills and medical knowledge specific to a global health context
  • Use systems-based practice to understand the various impacts of social cultural, political, and economic, etc.) on local health care
  • Develop and demonstrate interprofessional competencies
  • Successfully complete a scholarly project based on experiences at the international clinical site

Program Directors

Photo of Dr. Chi Chiung Grace Chen, M.D., M.H.S.

Chen, Chi Chiung Grace, M.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Fistulas, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Interstitial Cystitis, Pelvic Floor Disorders, Stress Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence, Urogynecology, Uterine Prolapse

Jill Edwardson, MD

Clinical Fellow, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Time Commitment and Availability

Students must commit at least four to eight weeks, including travel time, to this program. The course is currently available year-round, as well as during the summer period.

Program Prerequisites

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine students interested in this course must have completed the core clerkship in internal medicine, as well as either a core clerkship in general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, or emergency medicine.

School of nursing students must be in good standing. After submitting an application, students being considered for the program will require individual permission from the dean’s office at the school of nursing prior to participation.

DEADLINE: Sunday 20th October 2019 at 11:59 pm.
This application is for the rotation period from the end of January to May 2020 (in other words: Q3 and Q4).

International Sites

  • Dharan, Nepal 
  • Lima, Peru 
  • Pune, India

We are currently working with the School of Nursing to develop other international sites.

Program Materials

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