Global Health Research

Global Health Research Opportunities for First-Year Summer

P&S sponsors several global health programs and provides funding for selected students during the summer after first year, particularly in resource-poor countries. The programs are described below. Modest funding through P&S is also available to selected P&S students participating in research or for service projects they have initiated in developing countries.

Program for Global and Population Health (formerly IFAP)

Through the Program for Global and Population Health (GPH), founded by Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas in 1999, the GPH Abroad initiative, facilitates the involvement of students across all four schools of CUMC in global health experiences and research projects. Students are matched with partnering international organizations to complete research projects, program planning & evaluation projects, and clinical rotations while experiencing the language and culture of their host country firsthand.

Some of GPH’s international partner sites are located in the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Mexico, Haiti, as well as many other countries. GPH Abroad also supports the One Year Global Health Scholars Program, Global Health Scholarly Projects, an MD/MS dual degree initiative, and Senior Research or Clinical Electives for P&S students. Students are supported through a global health pre-departure preparation, in-field support, and a post-return closure process.

International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Program (ICAP)

ICAP is a largely non-clinical experience sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health. ICAP provides clerkship opportunities for P&S medical students to gain on-site experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Information about the application process and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the ICAP website.