International Health Program

The mission of NYU’s International Health Program (IHP) is to provide students with opportunities to learn about and experience global medicine first-hand, through high-quality research and the consideration of health beyond the medical perspective.

The International Health Program at NYU SoM was started in 2002 to provide structure and support for international experiences that contribute to medical education.  Since its inception over 300 NYU SoM medical students have participated in the program.

We work directly with students and faculty to identify and evaluate international health sites and projects. Students may identify a clinical site for an away-rotation during their clinical years. 

Research projects are supported and must align with one of the following broad areas: clinical research, population and public health research, geographically relevant basic science research, health systems & quality improvement research (including medical education & training), human rights & health research, or research that contributes to or addresses a public health need.

A rigorous application process for both clinical and research experiences ensures that students are actively committed to their learning that complements their NYU-based medical education.  Before departure, students are required to complete any necessary IRB process for their research, participate in cultural sensitivity workshops, and register for international health insurance and any necessary immunizations.

Upon completion of the project, students submit an evaluation and reflection on their learning experience.  In addition, students taking a research elective submit the Scholarly Product, often a poster or PowerPoint presentation to be displayed during our International Health Week.  

Global Health Concentration students must complete 8 weeks of research internationally through IHP.  The requirements for the Scholarly Product for concentration students can be found here.  A number of students continue their research beyond the international experience and have subsequently published their work in significant journals or presented at (inter) national conferences.

Students traveling internationally on academic conferences and for research or other academic programs that involve international travel must coordinate with the IHP office to ensure they meet the necessary safety and registration requirements.

In addition, the International Health Program is now coordinating a bi-monthly lecture series, The Global Health Symposia, to bring together the NYU and broader NY community working and learning in Global Health.  Talks cover a range of topics, including innovations and controversies in Global Health, as well as discussions about where and how medicine and medical students can participate and contribute to Global Health work.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about IHP and other Global Health Initiatives, please get in touch!

Mary Ann Hopkins, MD Director of Global Health Initiatives

Elizabeth Robinson, IHP Program Coordinator

The IHP Office is located in Greenberg Hall, room 6D and can be reached by telephone at +1-212=263-8577.