Global Health Scholars complete an experiential learning project related to global health, typically between the summer of their junior and senior years for a minimum of eight weeks. If students pursue a placement-based project (e.g., field research, internship, health advocacy project with a community group), the placement can be facilitated and structured by GHS faculty and advisors, who will ensure that projects are part of ongoing, mutually-agreed upon and accountable relationships with partner organizations within and outside of the U.S.
Students who pursue their experiential learning project with an established partner will be prioritized in GHS Funding opportunities, although students can also receive faculty support and advising in securing placements with other organizations.
All projects must be pre-approved by the GHS Faculty Director prior to submission of a fellowship application and have a clear relationship to global health.
The criteria for what is considered an experiential learning project include:
- field research
- internship placements
- health advocacy projects across media
- archival and desk-based projects that entail substantive research and/or require access to archives and other resources
- development of a creative work requiring significant time, originality, and expertise
This broad scope is in line with the GHS program’s commitment to interdisciplinary learning in global health and will permit students undertaking non-traditional approaches to global health fieldwork to complete the Global Health Scholars MAP requirements.
One of the four elective courses for the Global Health Scholars MAP must help the students prepare for the experiential learning requirement. This course will be proposed by the student and tied to their experiential learning proposal, with approval from the GHS Faculty Director. For instance, the required preparatory elective may be a methods course, such as for research-driven fieldwork; a media studies or art course for artistic projects; or an area studies, ethics, politics, or other relevant course depending on the nature of the project, its sociohistorical context and geopolitical location, and the skills or knowledges required for its completion.
Below are a samples of past fieldwork projects: