All Global Health majors will participate in a field experience project at a research or clinical site either in the United States or abroad approved by either the Global Health Program Steering Committee, AIP, Career Services and for international placements, the UC San Diego Study Abroad Office. (For Global Health minors entering FA16 and onward, the Field Experience requirement is optional).
The Global Health Field Experience will focus on issues relevant to global health, including health care, health education, environmental effects on health, infectious disease, mental health, health disparities, medical sequelae of natural disaster or political violence, indigenous healing practices, nutrition, and reproductive health.
- 100 hours at a research, service, clinical or study abroad site.
- May be domestic or international.
- May be credit - bearing or non-credit bearing (such as volunteer work) and paid or unpaid.
- Sudent may participate in up to 3 experiences to complete their hours.
- Students must review and complete all health and safety requirements prior to beginning at their site.
- Students should keep a log of their hours.
- Upon completion of hours, students must submit verification.
- Global Health majors must complete their Field Experience Requirement prior to the beginning of Winter Quarter of their senior year (required to enroll in senior capstone course GLBH 150A & B).
- If Global Health minors choose to complete field experience, this must be done by the quarter they plan to graduate.
How to Fulfill the Field Experience Requirement
Step 1: Research Field Experience Options
- Review Pre-Approved Lists of Special Programs, Student Orgs, Domestic & International Field Experiences.
- Review the Study Abroad page to find UCEAP, Global Seminars and OAP programs.
- Search AIP's Internship database.
- Visit the REAL Research Portal to look for available research opportunities.
- Create your own (details below), placement must be pre-approved before beginning at site.
- The experience needs to be an opportunity to become knowledgeable about aspects of global health and see global health issues in practice.
- Lab work involving animals does not fulfill the field experience requirement.
Step 2: Contact the organization or faculty member to get started.
Send an email to the organization to inquire if they have volunteer opportunities available.Include your CV/resume and some information about yourself (your passions, career goals, academic information, previous experience) in the email. Read Presenting Yourself as a Professional.
Step 3: Review Health & Safety Information.
If you find an organization or program to work with who is not on the pre-approved list, you may submit a Field Experience Pre-Approval Application to have the opportunity considered.
The organization or site must provide students with:
An opportunity to become knowledgeable about aspects of global health and see global health issues in practice.
A minimum of 100 hours over a minimum of five weeks (distributed over no more than three programs).
Direct contact with clients or those who directly serve clients.
Require meaningful, challenging work from the student while serving the agency's clients and goals.
On-site orientation, training, and supervision by a designated person in the agency.
For Study Abroad/International Opportunities:
If you find an international field experience that is not on the pre-approved list, prepare detailed program information and make appointment with Study Abroad Global Health Field Experience Advisors:
Field Experience does not have to be credit-bearing to fulfill the major or minor requirement. Students who complete their Field Experience for course credit can apply the credit towards their Major Medical Social Sciences Elective of Minor Electives. A maximum of 8.0 units can be applied toward your requirements, unless otherwise noted.
Additional information on creating an independent study course can be found here.
All Field Experience is self-funded. Planning a Global Health Field Experience or project requires that you determine what resources are necessary to accomplish your goals and what resources you have available. You should be thinking about funding for your project early in the planning process.
The amount of money that you have and how you choose to spend it will affect every aspect of your experience in the community. You will need enough money to travel to and from the project site, live safely, and implement a feasible project plan within the negotiated time frame.
Expenses to consider when traveling internationally to complete field experience include:
- Plane tickets
- Room and Board Plan
- International Health Insurance
- Ground transportation
- UCSD Study Abroad Scholarship Resources
- Global Health Study Abroad Resources Page
- UCSD Study Abroad Grants
- Scholarship & Grant opportunities for students participating in one of the following programs: Opportunity Abroad Program (OAP), UC's Education Abroad Program (EAP), and the UCSD Global Seminars (GS) UCSD Study Abroad Grants
- UCSD Financial Aid (available for some Study Abroad Programs)
- Find Individual Scholarships through Study Abroad Partners
- (e.g SIT Scholarships)
- Undergraduate Research Scholarships
- Global Health Institute Funding Opportunities
- More about UCSD Scholarships
- Explore the World Travel Scholarships (Due March) - Receive $2,000 to help finance an international trip that includes and educational or service component.
- UC Scholars (February 1 deadline)
- Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS) (recently extended - February 15 deadline)
- American Heart Association (AHA) Summer Undergraduate Student Fellowship (February 16 deadline)
- UCGHI Women's Health Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise Funding (March 23 deadline) - Receive up to $2500 towards travel and/or stipend.
Ideas for Raising your Own Funds:
Frequently Asked Questions
What counts towards hours:
- Hours spent on site (not including travel time)
- Orientations and meetings to prep
- Trainings & Outreach
Guidelines for Trackings Hours:
- Keep a log of hours to be signed by site supervisor upon completion of hours
If you're participating in the Health Frontiers in Tijuana Internship (HFIT):
You don't need to keep a log, two quarters of participation fulfills the 100 hour requirement. If you're enrolled in GLBH 111 for both quarters, upon completion of the courses and once grades have posted, please send us a message in the VAC letting us know you have completed two quarters. If you're not enrolled for credit, please have your supervisor submit a letter/email of verification to the Global Health office, additional details here.