The following organizations and special programs have been pre-approved for students to work with to complete their Global Health Field Experience Requirement. Students can choose pre-approved programs listed below and make contact or they may do their own research and find an experience.
- The Global Health Field Experience Requirement can be fulfilled domestically or abroad.
- If you are interested in studying abroad please review programs below, then visit the Global Health Study Abroad Page for additional information.
- Students participating in International Field Experiences should visit the Pre-departure Health and Safety page and obtain UCSD travel insurance (free) prior to departure.
- Keep a log of your hours and submit verification to the Global Health Program office upon completion.
- Students who would like to participate in a field experience that is not in the pre-approved list must fill out the Field Experience Pre-Approval Request Form online prior to beginning the experience.
Pre-Approved Field Experience Opportunities
- UC San Diego Special Programs & Student Organizations (Domestic & International)
- E.g. UCDC, Alternative Breaks, HFIT, Student Health Advocates, Student-Run Free Clinic
- UC San Diego Research Centers and Departments
- Community Organizations, Hospitals and Internships Programs
- *Use the Handshake, UCSD REAL Portal or AIP Internship Database to search for internship opportunities. If the opportunity is not with a pre-approved site, submit a pre-approval request.
International Field Experience Opportunities
Looking for a Credit-Bearing Study Abroad Opportunity?
- Visit the Global Health Study Abroad page
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call - (858) 534-1123
Additional Global Health Field Experience Resources:
- Visit the GHP Blog: Find out more on the experiences of other UCSD Global Health Students
- Global Health Field Experience Facebook Page
- Read the Global Health newsletter.
Please note: A program must have a field work component to count towards the Global Health Field Experience Requirement. Some programs offer opportunities to fulfill the field experience requirement and receive course credit, while others may only offer non-credit bearing field experience options.
Pre-approval is required before beginning your international experience with a program not listed below.
Non Credit-Bearing Opportunities
Atlantis is a non-credit bearing 1 to 10-week shadowing program with programs in Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Ecuador and Uruguay, United Kingdom, Croatia, Germany, Malta, Panama and Chile. This program is designed to help prepare students for healthcare fields by providing shadowing experiences
- 25 hours of shadowing per week and it is strictly observational
- Summer Session: 2-10 weeks
- Winter Session: 1, 2, or 3 weeks
- March Session: 1 week
- Price Range: ~$1,100-$3,480 (depending on duration)Program Fees do not include $500 registration fee
a global family of health professionals and students working at the grassroots level. They provide community-based Global Health Education programs (internships, clinical electives, away rotations, externships) for health science students. Programs connect local health professionals with students transforming perspectives about self, global health, and healing.
- 2-16 week non credit-bearing Global Health Immersions Programs available
- 20+ programs in 9 countries
- Programs in English and Spanish
- Some programs include lessons in intensive medical Spanish (beginner through intermediate level)
- Price Range: Depends on specific program and duration, ~$2290-2835 for month long program
- Scholarships available
- Over 50% of student program fees are invested in host communities
Interested in learning more about CFHI Programs? See what other Global Health students have said about their experiences:
CISG offers specialized practicum opportunities for students interested in global health. Students will be placed in a practicum site that aligns with their personal interests. Students may choose from the following practicum sites.
*Intermediate Spanish Speaking Level Required
CISG Practicum Programs are designed to develop experiential and contextual skills of collaborative interdisciplinary work in real-life situations related to the field of global health. Practicum programs are designed to meet students' program competencies and personal/career interests. Participants will work alongside CISG local partners and local populations as part of their practicum in Costa Rica. Participants will be able to explore the inherent challenges towards health equity and sustainable development while participating in efforts to improve the overall well-being of the communities they work with. An essential part of this undertaking is to rely on the proper support to accomplish a comprehensive reflective process. CISG provides such support through an extensive team of local supervisors distributed among several local organizations and institutions, in addition to our in-house preceptors. Both parties are in charge of monitoring the participants' progress towards desired goals.
For any questions, please reach out to:
GHEI Summer Serve and Learn Volunteer Programs (SSL) offer participants a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a rural Ghanaian community and work alongside Ghana-based staff members in support of a grassroots community development organization's year-round health and education programs. GHEI runs a variety of 3-week programs in health and education focused on improving children's lives. Each year, students work with trained staff to collect data through surveys, largely based on UNICEF MICS questionnaires, to monitor and evaluate their programs. The results obtained from the surveys demonstrate programmatic strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to modify their programs to become more effective.
A sample of GHEI health programs:
- Mother Mentor program
The Mother Mentor program was designed to enhance early childhood health and pairs first-time mothers with experienced mothers in the community. Read more here.
- Community Health programs
GHEI focuses on three areas in the Community Health programs: malaria prevention, sexual and reproductive health, and health trainings for nurses and midwives. Read more here.
- Health Facility Delivery Incentive program
The Health Facility Delivery Incentive Program encourages pregnant women to deliver their baby at a hospital or clinic, in the presence of a skilled health worker. Read more here.
- Duration: 3 weeks
- Cost: $2100-$2550
- Medical volunteer opportunities in developing countries
- non credit-bearing - volunteer experience
- Placements available range from hospitals, rural field clinics, home visits, nutrition, health education and public health research in all fields of health and medicine
- Examples of duties: providing hands-on care to patients, working in a community educating people on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of disease, or working in a lab conducting vital research
- Programs will differ in price, duration, and location
- Example: Global Health Placement in Rural Nepal
- Medical students can gain valuable insight by shadowing experienced staff, discussing diagnosis and treatment and providing an extra pair of hands where you have the relevant training and experience under the watchful eye of a local health professional
- Duration: 2-26 weeks
- Price: $1,514 for two weeks
- Mon-Fri 6-8 hours per day
- For more information, visit Kaya Volunteer
Destination: Sacred Valley of the Incas, PERU
Customized International Field Work Experience for Global Health Students.
Unite For Sight offers a global health volunteer abroad experience in our high quality healthcare delivery programs. Participants come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of interests in public health, medicine, international development, social entrepreneurship, and the social sciences. They support and learn from the partner clinics’ talented medical professionals who are social entrepreneurs addressing complex global health issues.
Locations of Year-Round Health Care Delivery: Ghana, Honduras, and India (volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)
*Please note the experience must have a health specific focus for the particular trip, if you’re unsure, please submit a field experience pre-approval request
- Amazon Promise
- Cross Cultural Solutions
- Experiential Learning Abroad
- Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)
- Foundation for Sustainable Development
- Global Medical Training (GMT)
- Global Volunteer Network-Bamboo
- International Volunteer Programs Association
- International Volunteer HQ
- One Heart Source
- Projects Abroad (Volunteer Projects)
- Streetscapes Community Project - Cape Town
- Students for International Development
Amazon Promise: A U.S.-based, non-profit organization founded to provide desperately needed medical and dental care to remote populations living in the Upper Amazon Basin of Northeastern Peru.
Cross Cultural Solutions: Spend your volunteering abroad alongside healthcare professionals who are working to provide quality care to their patients. Choose from 10 countries with global health programs.
Experiential Learning Abroad: ELI partners with hundreds of local organizations in countries on five continents to provide volunteer opportunities. Programs can last from a week to a year.
Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC): The Summer International Health Fellowship (SIHF) is a four to eight week immersion and service program designed for undergraduate students pursuing health professions and recent graduates interested in medical school, nursing school, or physician assistant studies.
Foundation for Sustainable Development: By working directly with on-site FSD staff, local organization supervisors, and members of the community, program participants design or support projects that reflect the host community's priorities.
Global Medical Training (GMT): Global Medical Training is an International Humanitarian Organization that provides free medical-dental services to medically deprived communities in Central American countries.
Global Volunteer Network-Bamboo: Bamboo currently works with over 30 projects in countries including Thailand, Cambodia,Vietnam, Costa Rica, Peru, and more. Project types vary massively from teaching English to installing water purification systems.
International Volunteer Programs Association: Use this website to search for the perfect program for your volunteering abroad.
International Volunteer HQ: Choose from a variety of programs such as childcare, teaching, or healthcare.
One Heart Source: A pre-Health internship designed for university undergraduate and postgraduate students aged 18-25 who are pursuing a career in health related fields.
Projects Abroad (Volunteer Projects): Select a program matching your interests and choose how long you’d like to go. Most programs require no previous experience.
Streetscapes Community Project: Located in Cape Town, the project employs chronic street people in rehabilitative work opportunities. It offers those with progressive drug and alcohol addictions a chance to rebuild their lives and to regain their dignity. The project addresses needs holistically by focusing on health, accommodation, finding purpose and building a community and social networks around our beneficiaries.
Students for International Development: The program exposes interns to multiple dimensions of global health: primary care delivery, public health promotion, facility administration, medical anthropology, and understanding social determinants of health. Interns are placed in a clinical capacity at health facilities that SID has built, or partnered with, to deliver health services to low-income communities in Western Kenya.
You can use the following sites to search for opportunities (receive pre-approval before beginning):