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UNC School of Medicine policy requires all medical students undertaking global health travel to complete pre-travel requirements and receive written approval at least eight weeks prior to their departure. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of your program, funding, and course credit.

You are encouraged to choose UNC’s approved international sites. Other sites will require OGHE approval. Request a meeting with OGHE. We will work with you and your faculty advisor to find the best possible solution.

Migrant Health Service-Learning, UNC & Tucson, AZ

Open to all Medical and PH students, and Resident Physicians

Seminar in Migration and Health (8 weeks on Fridays, starting Friday, Jan. 12, 1:25-3:20 pm) taught by Dr. Laura Villa Torres (SPH): Explore the complexities of the migrant experience in the Americas and at the US/Mexico border; prerequisite for MHSL Tucson experience.

MHSL, Tucson, AZ, May 25-June 2, 2024

Program details/info, recording of past participants from October 2023 and applications for 2024 here.

Watch video testimonials of pilot year (2022) here; review 2022 slides here.

Reproductive & Sexual Health in Bolivia (CIES) –Multiple Locations

Open to all Medical and PH students, and Resident Physicians

Program details/info, recording of past participants from October 2023 and applications for Summer 2024 here.

Review CIES institutional slides here (with introduction to Bolivia’s progress and challenges); example of teenage outreach (Tú decides) here (in Spanish); education initiatives here.  Recent publication on the challenges youth have faced during the pandemic regarding their exercise of sexual and reproductive rights and new post-covid challenges in Bolivia here.

Past Year Info session 2023 recording & slides

Summer 2024 Research Opportunity in Zanzibar with IGHID and IDEEL Lab 

PROGRAM TITLE: Malaria in Zanzibar: The last mile of malaria elimination 

Associate Professor, Institute of Global Health & Infectious Diseases

We are looking for students with any of the following: 

  • Experience with survey design, IRB applications, and/or qualitative research
  • Swahili language skills
  • Previous experience living or working in Sub-Saharan Africa

Additional information: Zanzibar_SummerPracticum_2024. 

If interested, contact Dr. Jessica Lin (info above). To inquire about potential funding for your travels, contact OGHE (  

NEW Summer Program in Nagoya Japan – Apply by March 1

Nagoya University in Japan will be offering a new summer program July 7-14, 2024 for a few current UNC medical students titled “Bridging Community Medicine and Innovations in Japan: From Local Practice to Global Breakthroughs – Exploring Japanese Medical Advances” For more information on the program and the itinerary see the link below.

UNC medical students interested in applying for this competitive opportunity should email a CV, statement of purpose/interest, and a letter of recommendation to by March 1.  Acceptances will be announced on March 18.

Most of the costs for the international flights, housing, food, and expenses related to visits on the itinerary will be covered by Nagoya University. Accepted students will be responsible for only $500 of the total cost for these expenses.

For additional questions beyond the program information, reach out to OGHE at or schedule an appointment.

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