Organizations outside of UNC offering global health electives for medical students


Himalayan Health Exchange

Himalayan Health Exchange's (HHE) expeditions combine service, education and adventure to provide care to the underserved populations in select, remote areas of Indo-Tibetan Borderlands. Each trip combines service and adventure, with team members providing care while also experiencing the land, its natural environment, people and culture. 


Family Health Ministries

Family Health Ministries offers medical missions opportunities at its Blanchard Clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Blanchard Clinic offers healthcare for acute medical issues, follow-up care  for chronic conditions, as well as public health research and healthcare training to improve overall health of the Blanchard community. Other services such as prenatal and well-baby care, childhood immunizations, preventive health services for adults including diabetes and high blood pressure care are also offered at the Blanchard Clinic. View the program flyer for more information.

Cuba Medical Electives

Cuba Medical Electives is a program run by Cuba Medical Link, a registered charity under the law of England and Wales. Elective students will usually join a group of local students. All specialties are available in most hospitals. Students can also take advantage of the opportunity to experience the key to Cuba’s healthcare system, its family doctor service.

Doctors for Global Health

Medical students can apply to volunteer with DGH, a not for profit comprised of hundreds of health professionals, students, educators, artists, attorneys, engineers, retirees and others. DGH's approach is to accompany communities with small, community-oriented health initiatives that also promote human rights, encourage sustainability, and respect environmental concerns.


In honor of Dr. Mabelle Arole, who passed away in 1999, this fellowship offers an accepted medical school student a ten-month exposure in community-based healthcare in a rural setting. The fellow will live on CRHP's campus and be introduced to an alternative health system, different from the standard healthcare model that this future medical practitioner will apply later in life.

Pueblo a Pueblo in Guatemala

Pueblo a Pueblo’s mission is to improve the health, education and food security of families in rural coffee-growing communities in Latin America through integrated community and school-based programs. Throughout the year, Pueblo a Pueblo accepts a limited number of interns at both our Cabin John and Guatemala offices. These placements provide an opportunity for interns to explore the internal operations of an innovative international nonprofit organization.

International Service Learning

ISL has been providing sustainable medical service in developing countries for over 20 years. Their medical programs offer incredible hands-on programmatic learning for volunteers and vital life services for those in need. ISL’s medical teams provide medical care and public health education in partnership with local community agencies.

InterHealth South America

Interhealth South America has been coordinating study and service programs in Ecuador for North American health professions students and resident physicians since 1999. The program encompasses direct patient care, as well as an onsite introduction to Ecuadorian and South American primary, community, and public health services. In addition, emphasis is placed on medical Spanish language acquisition, with practical skills development in patient interviewing and examination. The format provides guided group and individual clinic experiences and service in global health, coordinated with immersion language learning.

Mayan Medical Aid

The elective with Mayan Medical Aid combines clinical experience with both lectures and the chance to provide medical care to 14,000 truly needy, indigenous Guatemalans. View the medical elective page for more information on the program.

Child Family Health International

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is a global family of committed professionals and students who work at the grassroots level to promote the health of the world community. CFHI has multiple projects in numerous countries across the globe.


Operation Smile

Throughout the world, Operation Smile volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families. Together, we create smiles, change lives, heal humanity.

International Federation Medical Student's Association

The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) is an independent, non-governmental and non-political federation of medical students' associations throughout the world. In 2007 IFMSA had 102 National Member Organizations from 100 countries on six continents and represented more than 1 million medical students worldwide.

The IFMSA was founded in May 1951 and is run for and by medical students on a non-profit basis. It is officially recognized as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) within the United Nations' and recognized by the World Health Organization as the International Forum for medical students. It exists to serve medical students all over the world. IFMSA was established in the Netherlands as a charity organization.

Unite for Sight

Unite For Sight® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. Local and visiting volunteers work with partner eye clinics to provide eye care in communities without previous access, with the goal of creating eye disease-free communities. Additionally, vision screening and education programs are implemented worldwide by volunteers working in ninety chapters established at universities in North America, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Broadreach/Academic Treks

Academic adventure & community service division offers trips for grades 9–12 which combine hands-on learning, community service, cultural exploration & adventure travel. Possible opportunities for medical and nursing students to support trips. Company is based in Raleigh, NC.

Foundation for Sustainable Development

FSD supports the efforts of grassroots development organizations in Latin America, East Africa, and Asia that are working to better the communities, environments, and the economic opportunities around them. Through our programs, we aim to raise international awareness of the economic challenges in developing countries and support cross-cultural communities in finding more effective solutions to development issues.

David E. Rogers Fellowship Program (offered through the NY Academy of Medicine)

The New York Academy of Medicine invites applications for the David E. Rogers Fellowship Program from first-year medical and dental students for support of projects to be executed during the summer between the first and second years of medical or dental school.

The Rogers Fellowship is meant to enrich the educational experiences of medical and dental students through projects that bear on medicine and dentistry as social enterprises that is, as enterprises devoted to the capacity of these professions in any and all of their expressions to serve human needs particularly the needs of underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations. The content of the Fellowship might include clinical investigation, health policy analysis, activities linking biomedicine, the social infrastructure and human need, or community activities.

University of Arizona Global Health Course

Summer course on GLOBAL HEALTH: CLINICAL AND COMMUNITY CARE at the University of Arizona is a full-time (80 class hours) interactive, practical course preparing fourth-year North American medical students and residents for "international rotations." Visiting students receive up to four weeks' elective credit at their home institution (which must also arrange the actual overseas preceptorship). Open to medical students in years 3-4 and primary care residents and physicians. Also open to other health care clinicians.

Beyond the Biological Basis of Disease -- Haiti

This annual 3-week course in Haiti is designed for health profession students of all levels and links tropical medicine with social medicine teaching.  The course is taught in French. View the informational flyer for more details.


AMOS Health and Hope is a non-profit organization based in Nicaragua. AMOS offers a 4 week and 8 week summer internship program in public health as well as year long internship in public health. Interns have the opportunity to apply their knowledge, gain  international public health work experience, and develop skills in community based participatory research (CBPR) approaches, evaluation and monitoring of projects, maternal and child health interventions, and project development. View the informational flyer for more details.

Duke Sanford Global Health Policy Fellowship in Geneva

Designed to equip students to take on the pressing global health challenges of our time, the Global Health Fellows Program will provide students with both an academic and experiential perspective on how inter-governmental institutions, public-private partnerships, and non-governmental organizations shape global health policy. By combining internships and an intensive course on global health issues, the program is a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how global health policy is formulated and implemented. View the program brochure for more details.


Presently Medicorps offers elective rotations in Cambodia in an effort to open new worlds of knowledge, insight and empathy to visiting medical volunteers while presenting high level medical advances to their local partners and increase their knowledge in turn. View the program flyer for more details.