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.
- Upon completion of hours, students must submit verification.
- Global Health majors must complete their Field Experience Requirement prior to the beginning Winter Quarter of their senior year (required to enroll in senior capstone course).
- Global Health minors must complete the requirement by the quarter they plan to graduate
How to Fulfill the Field Experience Requirement
Step 1: Research Field Experience Options:Participate in a pre-approved opportunity below or Create Your Own Field Experience. Contact organization to inquire on opportunities to get started.
- Special Programs & Domestic Field Experiences
- International Field Experiences
- Create your own (details below), placement must be pre-approved.
Step 2: Begin Field Experience:
- Review Safety & Health Information page and complete the Global Health Pre-Service Orientation Training.
- Track hours
Step 3: Upon completion at the site or of your 100 hours:
- Submit a letter of verification to the Global Health Advising Office
- Complete Reflection sent by the Global Health Advising Office
If you find an organization or program to work 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: Kelly O'Sullivan Sommer - firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Galvin - email@example.com
Field Experience does not have to be credit-bearing to fulfill the Major and Minor Requirement. Students who complete their Field Experience for course credit can apply the credit towards their Major 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.
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. All Field Experience is self-funded.
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
- 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
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